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06-02-2016 01:29 AM

I finally got my new Grizzly bandsaw setup and the table is..well covered in some sort of grease. What’s the best way to clean it off? I’ve seen 409 (don’t have any) as a suggestion along with mineral spirits (I have this.) I don’t want to mess it up but also want it clean so I can wax it.


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#1 posted 06-02-2016 01:32 AM

I scrape off all I can with a razor blade scraper and then use WD-40 to clean off the rest. It dissolves the shipping grease/cosmoline pretty well without hurting any finish. I would think mineral spirits or any similar solvent would work, as well.

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 01:36 AM

Mineral spirits is fine to clean off grease.

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 01:39 AM

Did you look at the manual where it tells you how to do it?!? :)

They suggest WD-40, but MS works better.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 01:57 AM

Brad: I read the parts on assembly and adjusting the blade just to get it running and for a quick test cut. I hadn’t gone through all of the manual yet and I still have to get the guide bearings adjusted just right. They were good enough to chop up some scrap 2×4 pieces into smaller pieces (with curved cuts.) I’m not sure if the fence is right..it doesn’t “lock” and I’ve emailed Grizzly on that.

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 02:11 AM

;-)

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 03:48 AM

Tom,

Some time ago I purchased a can of Sprayway’s 909 Industrial Heavy Duty Orange Plus (from Grizzly) to remove the protective film typically applied to cast iron. I works very well and one can will last a lifetime. While it may or may not work better than WD40 or Mineral Spirits, it does smell good – the smell of oranges wafting through the shop.

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 04:04 AM

I’ve found MEK does the best when I have to clean that grease off tools. I used to use Mineral Spirits but that takes a lot more scrubbing and repeated applications.

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 12:38 PM

and yes wax is a good thing.

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#9 posted 06-02-2016 08:11 PM

The table is “icky”? Well, we don’t need that! A plastic taping knife, mineral spirits and a bunch of paper towels plus a little of your time is all that is needed to de-”ickyfy”your new bandsaw table. Brad was right on the mark with his comments. Clean it up and put on some Boeshield and you will be right as rain. Without the cosmoline, your new bandsaw table might have REALLY been “icky” with rust from the ocean trip; and you would have been more unhappy. See, there is a bright side to everything.

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 08:36 PM

I’ve de-ickyfied the table and put a coat of wax on it; it’s nice and clean. Now to adjust the fence so it’s straight and fits correctly and get the blade guide set up. That part of the book I’ve read…but found a video a bit clearer on how to set things up.

I do know to keep my fingers away from the moving sharp metal bits and to use push sticks. I type a LOT for my job and need all my fingers.

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 08:41 PM



I ve found MEK does the best when I have to clean that grease off tools. I used to use Mineral Spirits but that takes a lot more scrubbing and repeated applications.

- AZWoody


AZWoody .. . MEK does amazing stuff . . . but because its so good the EPA takes a dim view of it . . . it is some really nasty stuff – so if you 1. can get it. 2. Use it very carefully, and btw it burns as good as pure alcohol does.

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#12 posted 06-03-2016 05:38 PM

It’s called cosmoline(spelling?). I once had to remove it from a milling machine table that was 112” x 50” with I think six 3/4” t-slots. That was a job and a mess. Used cleaning fluid from a parts washing vat.

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#13 posted 06-03-2016 05:42 PM


I ve found MEK does the best when I have to clean that grease off tools. I used to use Mineral Spirits but that takes a lot more scrubbing and repeated applications.

- AZWoody

AZWoody .. . MEK does amazing stuff . . . but because its so good the EPA takes a dim view of it . . . it is some really nasty stuff – so if you 1. can get it. 2. Use it very carefully, and btw it burns as good as pure alcohol does.

- dabob

I didn’t know it was hard to get, the local Lowes has it here, but maybe it’s a state by state thing?

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#14 posted 06-03-2016 07:47 PM

Naphtha…..it’s been around a long time, it’s not just for thinning paint….. Many of the old timer auto shops have used it for years as a parts cleaner. It really is a multi purpose cleaner. If you live in Kalirussia (california) you may be SOL, but coleman stove fuel is the same stuff, a little more pricy though.

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