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Forum topic by Jimbo1953 posted 04-04-2017 03:51 PM 381 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2017 03:51 PM

I’m in the process of moving and will need to put my table saw and jointer in storage for up to 8 months. I’d like to get some ideas to prevent rust from forming on the cast iron tops. I was thinking of applying a coat of Boeshield (which I’ve never used) and then wrapping the tops in plastic wrap. Any thoughts? Also, is there anything else I should do to protect them? They will be stored in a storage unit which I may have access to check on them, but if not I’d like to know I will not have to use a bunch of elbow grease to get them back in useable shape.

-- Jim, Bakersfield, CA

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 04:18 PM

Living in Bakersfield, a good coat of protection should suffice. Wrapping in plastic might trap moisture that would otherwise evaporate naturally. A periodic check on condition and re-oiling them if needed would be better than removing a heavy surface coat.
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#2 posted 04-04-2017 04:27 PM

spray everything … dont wrap in polythene

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 04:43 PM

Cosmoline or the cheapest tube of wheel bearing/axle grease you can get.

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 05:42 PM

Just wax and cover with something breathable – plastic is not a good idea. Sometimes it helps to lay down a sheet of cardboard on the table tops first, then cover. Packing blankets work well. BTW: T9 is just paraffin wax and mineral oil in a solvent (mineral spirits). Paste wax is paraffin (and a few others) in Naphta. I had a machine stored in a non-conditioned warehouse for over 2 years (S. Florida), and it looked just like when I originally stored it after I got it back using the above technique (using JPW). YMMV.


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#5 posted 04-05-2017 03:34 PM

My apologies. I neglected to mention the tools will be stored in Sequim, Washington, not Bakersfield, CA

-- Jim, Bakersfield, CA

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