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Cato

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07-04-2012 01:35 PM

What grease do you use when its time to re-grease your table saw gears?

Also do you use a cleaner on the gears to get the old grease off??


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lieutenantdan

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 02:02 PM

White lithium grease. Home Depot. White tube looks like giant tube of toothpaste. Made by Lucas, I think. If the old grease has hardened, use a Dremel with wire brush (wheel) to remove old grease.

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 02:35 PM

I would think the grease would attract chips and dust whose presence would negate the value of the grease.

Kindly,

Lee

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 02:48 PM

i used T-9
http://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-Corrosion-Protection-Waterproof-Lubrication/dp/B001447PEK

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 04:07 PM

I think like Lee – grease would make it worse.

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 04:14 PM

I use a graphite lubricant that dries to a non-greasy film.

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 04:19 PM

When you use graphite you might run into problems getting it to go uphill. I use an old mustard squeeze bottle and mix a bottle of graphite with about a half a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
The graphite squirts where you want it and sticks until the alcohol dries out, leaving no residue.

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 04:26 PM

I have used grease and it managed to collect a lot of sawdust. Made cranking very hard. I now use wd40 and have no problems. I like the graphite approach. Also, I think we should clean the underpinnings of our saws more often then we do.

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 04:42 PM

I would never use grease…it is a dust magnet and is asking for problems. I have used the Boeshield T-9 for years with no problem whatsoever.

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 06:02 PM

I’ve used white grease but didn’t like the way it collected dust and shavings. These days, I use a spray on dry lube. Evertyhing travels smoothly and there’s no “gunk”.

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 06:20 PM

I have successfully used both these products:
1. Bostik Top Cote dry lube in a spray can – dries slightly chalky – works on all machine tops
2. Tri-Flow lubricant with Teflon in a squeeze bottle – dries clear and doesn’t attract dust

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Cato

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#11 posted 07-04-2012 09:55 PM

Thanks guys for your responses. Obiviously grease is out.

Sounds like a dry lube would indeed work the best.

I agree that grease would attract the sawdust and accumulate in the gears.

Table saws always come with grease painted on the moving parts, but doesn’t really make sense given the nature of it producing fine sawdust.

Think on my next maintenance I will try to wipe off the grease on my saw and put a dry lube on.

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#12 posted 07-04-2012 11:04 PM

I use paste wax. Use sparingly and it won’t attract dust. Always have on hand; no need for another chemical/item to lose in the shop.

A brass bristle brush gets the gunk off.

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#13 posted 07-04-2012 11:40 PM

I use paste wax too. It’s cheap and not a hassle to keep on hand
like sprays. Graphite lube wears off incredibly fast. WD-40 is
kerosene in a spray can and it will dissolve grease in sealed bearings
so be careful with where you apply it.

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#14 posted 07-05-2012 02:45 AM

Table saws ( like most machines) come with preservative grease slathered on the unpainted surfaces to prevent rust during that long boat ride across the Pacific. This should be cleaned off as part of the set up procedure.

If I’m not mistaken, WD40 is actually formulated with fish oil…. And was the product of the 40th test formulation for a new water displacing oil.

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 02:49 AM

Renderd Bear Fat…...

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