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Forum topic by jtrz posted 09-21-2018 10:02 PM 309 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2018 10:02 PM

I have a Dewalt dw716 type 1 that I bought used a few years back. The previous owner was a contractor and it got heavy use. He probably bought it 10 or more years ago. I’m about to put a new blade on it and I because I never cleaned it up at all when I bought I would like to now. Some of the bolts getting rusty, the top has some kind of tarnish or oxidation that I’d like to get off, etc. Here are some photos:

what should I use to get the black splotches off of the top? They aren’t coming off with super fine steel wool or WD40 or other cleaning agents.

Are there certain areas on the saw that I should stay away from and not mess? Are there any areas that I should play especially close attention to?

What do you all do to keep your saws maintained and somewhat clean? Any advice would be great. Also, any suggestions for a blade that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg?

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky


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#1 posted 09-21-2018 10:08 PM

I’m assuming the table is aluminum as it is on the current version of that model. In that case, some aluminum polish like Mothers or similar should clean and shine it up. What I don’t know is if that would leave any kind of deposits that could interfere with finish on a project.

Blade suggestions. I like Diablo blades for a lower cost, good quality. Something like the D1280X should work well and leave a good finish. For better blades, I’ve started using Everlast. They are definitely a big step up in quality. They are also a step up in price, but are able to be resharpened multiple times instead of just once or twice. The Everlast miter saw blades also have better tooth geometry for controlling the cut.

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#2 posted 09-22-2018 12:21 AM



I m assuming the table is aluminum as it is on the current version of that model. In that case, some aluminum polish like Mothers or similar should clean and shine it up. What I don t know is if that would leave any kind of deposits that could interfere with finish on a project.

Blade suggestions. I like Diablo blades for a lower cost, good quality. Something like the D1280X should work well and leave a good finish. For better blades, I ve started using Everlast. They are definitely a big step up in quality. They are also a step up in price, but are able to be resharpened multiple times instead of just once or twice. The Everlast miter saw blades also have better tooth geometry for controlling the cut.

- JayT


Yes, the table is aluminum. I’ve been thinking about polishes but a lot of them have silicone which I definitely don’t want getting on my wood. I was thinking about giving bar keepers friend a try with a soft brush.

I have some of that polish for metal made by Ryobi that you find at lowes or home depot but not sure if it has silicone or not. I would assume it doesn’t but what do I know.

I have been leaning towards the Diablo blade you mentioned. It seems to be the best one out there that is in my price range. Everlast will have to wait for now

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#3 posted 09-22-2018 08:09 PM

Tried out some bar keepers friend and some steel wool and it worked pretty well but took some elbow grease.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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