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GR8HUNTER

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12-16-2018 12:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rust on tools bandsaw jointer tablesaw

Title says it all how to keep my table , band saw , jointer from rusting during the winter months I think problem is heater gets it too hot to fast then it makes condensation what do you guys and or girls use or do to prevent this not a problem in summer just when running heat BTW forced hot air propane Thanks

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN


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#1 posted 12-16-2018 12:33 AM

Move south! Come on down the water’s fine :-)

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 12:36 AM

I put a coat of auto past wax on my cast iron and that keeps it from rusting. Works for me!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 12:40 AM

Use them – a lot – making swap stuff.

I don’t have problems with the cast iron in the winter, more in the summer when it is hot and humid. I do keep the shop at 50 deg or higher all winter.

You will have the condensation problem all winter if you let the shop get really cold. Since metal conducts heat well, the cold temperature causes the metal to get cold. When you turn on the head the propane combustion makes some water as a combustion product that winds up as humidity. The cold surface causes the humidity to condense and you get rust. I probably just reiterated what you already knew. I could drone on about humidity and dew points and all that if you have insomnia.

Solution – keep the shop above 50 deg or so and you should be fine.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 02:32 AM



I put a coat of auto past wax on my cast iron and that keeps it from rusting. Works for me!

- woodshaver Tony C


I do use johnsons paste wax is this not the same as auto paste wax ? :<))

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 03:20 AM

I have a lot of success with candle wax.

-- Peter New Zealand

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#6 posted 12-16-2018 03:31 AM

I keep my shop at 50 when I know I woun’t use it for a few days. If I’m using it pretty much ever day I keep it at 60 at night and bring it up to 70 when I go out in the morning. At a minimum I keep the shop at 50. I have never had a rust problem.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 12-16-2018 03:46 AM

Paster wax and run some inexistence dehumidifiers That’s really helped me.

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#8 posted 12-16-2018 03:50 AM

I had similar issues in my shop. Historically I used paste wax and covered with towels or movers blankets. Still got rust but nothing that took about 20 minutes (per item) a year. I ended up doing a few things different and have had much better results.

I did a very good cleaning of the table saw and other cast iron tools in the shop and applied Boeshield T9 per can instructions. I know one can make their own, same as….. but for less than 20 bucks done, good to go, and easy way to use up those smaller gift cards one gets. After that I found that getting air circulating in the shop as soon as I kick the kerosene heater on reduced the amount of condensation. Haven’t had any issues with condensation on cast iron tools with the fans running. Once a year I apply a light coat of Boeshield again without any cleaning. Been 5-6 years now and no rust.

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#9 posted 12-16-2018 03:52 AM

Only issues with condensation I have now are liquid filled containers.

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#10 posted 12-16-2018 04:01 AM

G’A stole my thunder… however, one must make a statement so… make like a duck and fly south for winter…

Seeing as how it might be difficult to put all the machinery in a back pack… I use Silver Glide 24×7 (and also for the remaining 364 days +1 for that odd leap year)... never had issues, however, I insist on keeping the wine cask off the cast iron tables and drink out of paper cups (or suck through a tube).

Whatever you use, the secret is to regularly inspect and have a scourer and some of the product on hand all the time… well not necessarily on hand but nearby.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 12-16-2018 04:18 AM

Get some desiccant spray.
(as soon as I invent it)

Has anybody ever tried a spray on baby powder?

Here in Vegas, I have never had the problem with moisture.

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#12 posted 12-16-2018 04:32 AM



Get some desiccant spray.
(as soon as I invent it)

Has anybody ever tried a spray on baby powder?

Here in Vegas, I have never had the problem with moisture.

- jbay


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#13 posted 12-16-2018 04:57 AM

This stuff you only need to use once a month for protection. ;)

Sorry GR8, I couldn’t help it.
My wife says I’m immature, but she took it back after I
quit pounding on the table and threatened not to eat my veggies.

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#14 posted 12-16-2018 06:37 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong but I think a byproduct of propane is water vapor? Don’t know what effects it might have but just throwing that out there?

When it’s cold and wet and it warms up quickly I get condensation on my tools. JPW works great as long as I put it on every couple months or after hard use.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 12-16-2018 01:23 PM

I use dessicant packs in the drawers of my toolbox to prevent rust. That should work in your situation, covering might help. I use them in my gun safe,too.

Just an example. https://www.amazon.com/Packs-1GrCotton-20pk-Silica-Desiccants-Packets/dp/B004FC5VT4

-- My reality check bounced...

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