Cleaning pitch and sawdust from table saw?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 10-17-2012 02:24 PM 1767 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2012 02:24 PM

I am near completion of a workbench made from southern yellow pine. Not surprisingly, my table saw innards are covered with pine sawdust, which is “sticker” than most hardwood sawdust due to the pine’s resins. Can anyone recommend a product for loosening and cleaning this gunk?

Also, I’ve heard that grease is not commended for lubricating the moving parts inside a table saw because the grease collects sawdust. Can anyone recommend a good spray lubricant for this purpose?


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#1 posted 10-17-2012 03:22 PM

White lithium grease is a good lubricant for table saw gears….it sprays on wet and dries like a wax and doesn’t attractive dust.

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 03:23 PM

This is why yellow pine will never touch my TS. Try white pine, its much neater….for just about anything you make.

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 03:34 PM

Here's a good article from PlansNow that provides the info you’re looking for. :)

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 03:00 AM

The aerosol “bug and tar remover from the auto parts store works better than anything I’ve tried.

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 03:11 AM

Easy Off Oven Cleaner is excellent at removing pitch and resin. Inexpensive too.

I use it on my saw blades. My only cautions to you would be to check out if it removes any of the paint and keep it away from the motor. No telling what the stuff would do to your motor. Good luck!


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#6 posted 10-18-2012 11:35 AM

hoosierdude ….... that link doesn’t appear to work.

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#7 posted 10-18-2012 11:50 AM

Great thread! I figured there had to be some alternatives to the commercial pitch cleaners out there…will be trying the oven cleaner trick on some of my older saw blades that I use for pine work.

-- Steve

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