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Forum topic by DaringDave posted 01-08-2012 07:14 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2012 07:14 PM

Good morning. I found and purchased a 1985 ShopSmith this morning for a $100. The only problem is surface rust on the accessories, bandsaw table, and frame of the machine around the foot area. The motor runs fine, the rails are rust free. What is the best method for cleaning all of this rust away? I have read WD-40 and steel wool, then paste wax; CLR is something else I have read will remove the surface rust. Any input is appreciated.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 07:50 PM

Try some fine grit sanding sponges and mineral spirits/WD40/light wt. oil. Take your time, and keep the sponges clean as ya go. Wax ‘em up afterwards (not the sponges-HAH)
You have a quality machine for the money. What accessories did ya get with the unit?


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#2 posted 01-08-2012 07:53 PM

Huge score! 100 bucks for a Shopsmith is very nice. WD-40 and green pads will get her cleaned up and ready for work. Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 07:54 PM

Thanks for the tip. Honestly, I am not sure yet. I think all that is there are the bandsaw and sanding disc as accessories. It does have the turning knives, etc. Right now, I am thinking this is going to be primarily used for drill press, horizontal boring, and lathe work. I have read that the table saw option is a bit weak because of the table surface size. Need to find out for myself though.


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#4 posted 01-08-2012 08:23 PM

I’ve owned my SS for over 30 years. Great machine and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
I suggest that you look at the SS owner’s site for lathe goodies. There are several that will make your turning more pleasurable. If you are patient, many of the goodies can be found on ebay or Craigslist.
As you work with yours, I’m sure you will find many ways to enhance the table saw’s operations. There are upgrades you can purchase, but I’ve never found the need. I just build ‘em.
The above suggestions for rust removal are good ones.
I also suggest you check out the SS forum. Great info there.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 09:20 PM

Dave – congrats on the purchase. Excellent score!

I just waxed the rails on my ShopSmith (1982 vintage). Made a very noticeable difference. I recommend that as part of your reconditioning.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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