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    Question about shipping grease.

    Whats the best solvent or cleaner to take the sticky grease that comes with new equipment?

    I need to remove the grease form the cast iron top of my new TS but I need to be sure I use the right solvent/cleaner. I don't want to mar the surface of the ts, least not yet.

    Thanks

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    Hi Julio, I've had good luck with WD-40 and a cotton cloth. There might be some reason why that's not a good idea and I'm sure others will comment but to me it's the safest, easiest clean up for that grease. After it's all cleaned up, I use some household cleaner, Simple Green in my case, to clean off the WD40 and then I put on the wax. Again, has worked fine for me.

    BTW, a new TS! Congrats, that's exciting.

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    I have had very good luck using kerosene to remove all the gunk. In actuality since I had problems finding low quantities of kerosene for sale, I used a bottle of carburetor cleaner from auto-zone. The clerk there told me that the main ingredient was kerosene and I only had to buy a container containing less than a pint. That quantity was enough for me 14" band saw, 1 hp mortiser, and a 6" PM jointer with about 1/3 of the container remaining.

    Congratulations on the saw!!!

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    Mineral Spirits is what I use.

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    You can get this stuff in autoparts stores called "Brake Kleen" or some such, works good, and won&t damage nothing.

    Congrats on the TS!!
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    julio, i use mineral spirits cause they`re cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    julio, i use mineral spirits cause they`re cheap.
    .........or because you are frugal.......?
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    I have some mineral spirits and WD40, I'll try them both. I wasnt sure about household cleaner but sounds like it would work. I'll use the wax I use for the chrome on my bike. I use some stuff called NEVER-DULL, it's a wadding polish by Eagle One. It cleans as well as polishes. I've used it on my BS and jointer. Any thoughts?

    Thanks again guys, I've been dying to use that saw.
    Last edited by Julio Navarro; 03-08-2007 at 12:32 PM.

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    hi julio

    the "gunk" on your table top is cosmolene(sp). it is a great rust protector and inhibitor. cosmolene is commonly used to protect brake discs and drums during storage and shipping. brakekleen is the stuff to use to get this stuff off , it was invented for this reason! you can get it in any autoparts store for 4 bucks . brakekleen comes in two formulas (red)can is regular . (green) can is supposed to be environmentally friendly. the green is highly flammable and stinks the worst of the two , not sure if the red is flammable, but it doesn't stink half as bad as the green

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    Make sure the wax doesn't have any silicone in it. Johnson paste wax is old standby. It's getting harder to find find I read Minwax Wax is good too.
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