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Grime-stoppers, rid your tablesaw of dust

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It's ironic: Tablesaws create dust with every cut, but that same debris can restrict the saw's ability to tilt, elevate, and make more cuts. Even with effective dust collection in place, gunk tends to build up on the gears, trunnions, bearings, and motor. Here's how you can beat the dust gremlins.

Make a clean sweep
Begin your cleanup by sucking out as much debris as possible from inside the saw cabinet with a shop vacuum, preferably with a narrow nozzle. Be sure to wear eye and breathing protection. Next, close the access door and remove the blade from the arbor. With your dust collector running, blow compressed air into the throat opening to clear as much dust as possible, directing it toward the dust port.

After you've blown off all the dust you can through the blade throat, open or remove all the access doors and panels. Now blow out as much dust as possible by shooting compressed air through all the openings. You'll likely have to do this several times from above and below to completely evacuate the dust.

Next, use a steel or brass wire brush, right, to dislodge grime from your saw's gears, threaded rods, trunnions, and bevel stops. For tough grease-and-gunk deposits, dip the brush in mineral spirits and scrub. Just keep any such solvents well away from bearings to avoid damaging them.


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Comments (5)
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Jim DiRenzo wrote:

My saw is a vintage cast iron Craftsman built in 1935 by a company in Ohio. In addition to having the dust gum up my threaded rods , my motor is a giant and its weight alone makes adjustment difficult. As soon as the weather warms I will wheel it out of my garage blow it out and give it a good lube.

2/18/2016 06:32:25 PM Report Abuse
rbtpartsman wrote:

brisellarsgoog, I looked it up (PG2000)at Woodcraft, and it cost $10.50 for 16 ounces in a spray bottle. They provide the link to Woodcraft at the end of the article, then just search for PG2000.

2/18/2016 11:14:42 AM Report Abuse
bmayfield0011 wrote:

OH BOY! I made the mistake of blowing out my table saw IN the shop (garage)! Dust all over the place! Looked like a sandstorm! Took forever to clean it up! The next time I did that, I rolled it into the middle of the driveway, far away from the garage.

2/18/2016 10:56:55 AM Report Abuse
brisellarsgoog wrote:

tell me the price please

10/30/2015 12:03:08 PM Report Abuse
lescott526 wrote:

I`ve fought this for years & this is about the only way that works

2/12/2015 10:46:59 AM Report Abuse

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