Rust INSIDE the table saw...

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Forum topic by Charlie posted 03-29-2012 12:35 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2012 12:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Please excuse my ignorance on this. I’ve never had a saw nice enough to pay attention apparently…

I have a Steel City 35990G. Wonderful machine. However, tonight when I was checking out some setups for an upcoming project, I had the blade off and notice the rust inside the saw. Generally on the cast parts, but also on the piece of the belt shaft that sticks out beyond the pully, the slides where the tilt mechanism rides, some parts of the blade height mechanism, etc.

This saw is only about a month old. I never looked inside my old one enough to notice this before or maybe everything was just so covered with sawdust I didn’t see it, but…. how concerned should I be? To what lengths do you go to keep rust in check INSIDE your saw’s “guts”?

I don’t want to be anal about this, but if it’s an issue, I want to nip it in the bud. I was going to spray it with WD40 or something, but thought I might just make a mess.

Thought? Suggestions? Advice?


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#1 posted 03-29-2012 12:57 AM

Don’t worry about it. Light rust on cast iron is a normal thing
and the oxidized rust coating protects the iron underneath.

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 01:42 AM

What about the steel parts, like the pulley shaft and stuff? Should I just stop lookin’ in there? <grin>

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 02:59 AM


You have a defective table saw and you should ship it to me immediately. LOL

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 04:52 PM

I’d stop looking if I were you. A little rust won’t hurt anything. That’s just iron, it does that. At least you don’t have termites eating your tools.

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 06:12 PM

I bought a large Delta lathe from a school and only had my open truck. On the 45 minute ride home I ran through a light shower. When I got home I saw that the bed had already flash rusted. Polished right off with steel wool, but like Neil Young said, rust never sleeps.

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 02:40 AM

I am a little different from the other suggestors, mostly because I’m paranoid.
I would clean up that rust with steele wool and coat the parts in Johnsons’s Paste Wax to prevent future rusting, but that’s just me. I’m not saying it’s necessary.


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