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Forum topic by bigarm posted 03-29-2016 01:08 AM 467 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigarm

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03-29-2016 01:08 AM

I ordered my new saw on Friday. They said it would ship today, but I have gotten no notice, so I guess not. Anyway, I know it will be covered with junk. What do you use to clean it off? I have some penetrating oil and am thinking that would be at least a place to start,


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#1 posted 03-29-2016 01:41 AM

Kerosene is the traditional recommendation.

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 01:46 AM

When I got my lathe, it was absolutely covered in thick, dried grease/oil/whatever. I brought one of the smallest pieces into the hardware store nearby and asked what he would use. Without hesitation, the guy led to to the cleaning section and told me to use Greased Lightning, and I have been so glad he did! I have put a Walmart link here, but you should be able to find it in any home center or hardware store also.

I have used that stuff on every machine since then, and my stove, and my just about everything that gets greasy, and it works wonders, can’t say enough good about it, and I am not anybody’s representative, just a happy customer.

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 02:16 AM

I will look up the Greased Lightning.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 03:07 AM

Greased Lightning is a lye solution, so be careful where you get it in the works of your machine. It does clean up grease tout-suite, that’s for sure. Most cast iron machinery is coated with Cosmoline to avoid corrosion during shipment. I usually use mineral spirits.

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 03:14 AM

Mineral spirits & elbow grease will clean the top in short order. Pour it out and let it work a minute before wiping. Put some Johnson’s Paste Floor Wax on the cast iron after cleaning.

M

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 07:27 PM

I just use denatured alcohol on a rag. Cleans up nice. Then a little glide coat.

-- John

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#7 posted 03-29-2016 07:28 PM

I just use denatured alcohol on a rag. Cleans up nice. Then a little glide coat.

-- John

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 08:30 PM

Thanks for the ideas!

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#9 posted 03-29-2016 08:34 PM

I used to use mineral spirits but I had a can of MEK and thought I’d give it a try on a new tool I had and it cleaned it off much faster than anything else I had used before. There was also very little residual residue to clean off as well so fewer cleanings to get it to the bare metal.

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#10 posted 03-29-2016 08:35 PM

I use WD-40. It works well to dissolve the shipping grease, is inexpensive and leaves a little bit of rust protection.

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#11 posted 03-29-2016 09:44 PM



I just use denatured alcohol on a rag. Cleans up nice. Then a little glide coat.

- bigJohninvegas

Plain old rubbing alcohol is what I use (available at Walmart). Same thing but cheaper and you won’t need a lot of it once you get that top layer off. Do plan on a big roll of paper towels though. And I prefer Johnson’s paste wax but opinions on that subject will lead to something akin to a SawStop thread.

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