Long Term Storage of Power Tools

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Jimbo1953 posted 04-04-2017 03:51 PM 551 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Jimbo1953's profile


2 posts in 647 days

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

5 replies so far

View Jack Lewis's profile

Jack Lewis

335 posts in 1251 days

#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.
In the navy, every day at the end of the day machines were oiled but then that was Hawaii.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

View BigYin's profile


421 posts in 2589 days

#2 posted 04-04-2017 04:27 PM

spray everything … dont wrap in polythene

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

View dhazelton's profile


2789 posts in 2469 days

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

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

View MrUnix's profile (online now)


7004 posts in 2372 days

#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.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View Jimbo1953's profile


2 posts in 647 days

#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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics