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Forum topic by Mary Anne posted 03-05-2010 08:40 PM 880 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mary Anne

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03-05-2010 08:40 PM

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I just spent a good, long time detail cleaning the innards of my TS. The cranks all turn so easily now! I plan on doing a similar thorough cleaning on my planer, jointer, and bandsaw. Once I get everything all clean and shiny I want to get into good habits and learn the best practices for keeping my tools in top working order. I can’t think of a better place to turn for advice and tips than from you more experienced folks in the LJ community. I’m sure there is a difference between weekend warriors and people who earn a living day to day in their shops, but what are your maintenance routines?

How often do you do a thorough inside and out cleaning of your major tools?

What are your favorite products and methods for cleaning?

What are your favorite products for lubricating moving parts and waxing tables?

How often do you do tune ups to ensure everything is in alignment?

Any other pointers for good tool maintenance?


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#1 posted 03-05-2010 08:48 PM

I usually do an alignment prior to any major project. Same for cleaning/waxing the tables. I have been using Johnsons paste floor wax for the tables.


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#2 posted 03-05-2010 08:51 PM

I clean up my machines pretty good after each use before I put them away. That and using a good DC unit to prevent buildups of dust in the first place seems to have worked over the last 30 years or so. (fingers continue to be crossed)
I always check the alignment of my machines before starting a big job but try to go over all of the basic alignments once a month or so, depending on how much I am using them. Once you get used to going over them it goes really quickly.
I use Boeshield T9 to protect my cast iron and still like Johnsons Paste Wax to keep the surfaces slick. I have been using Bosctick TopCoat and like that as well.

-- Tom Hintz,

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