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Bobby Shay

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12-11-2011 05:13 AM

I have heard that I should be careful about using lubricants on my radial arm saw because it causes saw dust build up. What lubricant should be used to prevent this from happening ? Thanks for your advice.

-- Bobby

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 06:25 AM

I suggest wax.

The easiest place to find is the wax that they sell for bicycle chains.

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 08:52 AM

Dricote in the spray can works pretty well without much of a buildup. You might try Johnson’s floor wax or good ol bees wax. I use bees wax for quite a few things now that I raise bees. But even before, I used it when I could get my hands on it.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 02:16 PM

Graphite works well. Most people make the mistake thinking by lubricating they are doing a good thing. If the wrong lubrication is used it is actually causing more problems. An example is patio doors, I repair many that people complain no longer slide freely, they tell me they have used WD40 faithfully. WD40 collects the house dust which in turn causes the plastic rollers to fail.(I think WD 40 is an abbreviatoin for good lubricant “Watered Down 40 times”) the same goes for your radial arm saw. Wipe the track clean often and do not use anything that will cause the very fine saw dust to stick, blow the rollers with an blast of air.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 02:43 AM

I use wd-40 to REmove tar from my car. I use dry lube on my tools.

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 03:00 AM

When I worked as an Ironworker we installed roll-up doors. We used exclusively (silicone spray) because it didn’t collect and build up dust. But you might contact the manufactures to find out for sure, many brass products are impregnated with dry lubricants (graphite, etc). requiring no lubrication for its whole life, if thats proves to be true do not lubricate but give it an air bath on occation. (blow of gear assembly with compressed air).

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 03:12 AM

Another thread on this. Maybe there’s more useful info, there, too:


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#7 posted 12-13-2011 05:32 AM

What part of the RAS are you lubing- the post? I have a mill in the barn with a vertical post similar to my RAS and I use chain lube in it. I have some silicone spray lube that I use for the ways on my Ryobi table saw and it works good. At first that saw used to stick so you could not run it all the way down. I took it apart twice and cleaned the ways and lubed them with the silicone spay and now I just vacuum all the dust away and spray the ways and crank them up and down while doing it and it works good for at least a year.

By the way, WD 40 stands for Water Displacement! If you have wet misfiring plug wires and dist cap. spray them with WD -40 and it will displace the water that caused shunting /shorting!

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 06:45 AM

Except for the table top I’d use graphite.

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