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Forum topic by Ben posted 01-31-2013 10:37 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2013 10:37 PM

Big thaw here in New England yesterday.

I went into my unheated shop at the end of the day and “WHOA!”
It looked like someone had dumped large buckets of water over all my machines. They were absolutely drenched top to bottom. Soaked jointer cutterhead, tables totally flash rusted, soaked and rusted lathe ways, shaper table, band saw table, etc…

Strangely what isn’t affected is my 50s Delta lathe. Different kind of iron or something?

This has happened only once before and never to this degree. It made me want to immediately sell all my machines, as I can’t take care of them the way I would like. Waxing doesn’t do much and only lasts a short while.

What do you guys do?

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 10:44 PM

Yup, happens to me. Go to the hardware store and get CRC 3-36. FWW did an article and voted this stuff to be the best at preventing rust. I just bought it for my cast iron tops. Nothing else seemed to work so I’m giving this a try.

My TS and BS never rust. I wondered the same thing.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 10:44 PM

The same thing happened to another member yesterday; here’s his thread with some advice:

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 10:48 PM

You’re not the first to post about this today. Nothing will last with this kind of temp and humidity swing. The only thing you can do is keep an eye on the forecast and try something like Pam the night before. just spray it on your cast iron and wipe it down with an absorbent cloth. Enough of it should stick. Another thing is to take lathe shavings if you have them, and cover the cast iron with shavings about two inches deep. That will stop air flow and act as an absorbent keeping the tools dry.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 10:59 PM

i actually had blankets over my large lathe and that still didn’t prevent it.
very concerned about my jointer, though. moisture was totally pervasive, inside the cutterhead, the knives, tables look like hell. the machine was immaculate.
looks like i’ll be spending about two days out there scotchbriting everything, waxing, etc…

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