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    Hi:
    I am trying to get my husbands cool table saw to do what I need it to do. The last time I did anything with a table saw was in shop many many moons ago.
    I think it has rusted and there are two things I am trying to adjust and it will not adjust.
    1. The wheel that adjusts the blade up and down turns, but does not move the saw blade. We mistakenly stored chlorine from the pool in the garage and every tool we own has rust. I have been soaking the underneath of the saw with a rust spray but still no movement...any ideas?
    2. The Miter Gauge also seems to have been rusted in place. The stop pin on the front does not pull out.

    How would I go about fixing my wonderful saw so that my hubby can use it again and continue fixing and creating wonderful things around the house. His plan is to take it to a service center but I can't find the receipt and I would like to try and fix it without paying first.

    Connie

    Details about the saw:
    Ridgid portable table saw 10" model: TS2400 0

  • #2
    Re: My table saw has rusted

    Kroil.

    J.C.

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    • #3
      Re: My table saw has rusted

      Kroil....Yep, find someone with a big vat of it and dunk the entire saw into it and let it soak for a few days!!!! Kidding aside. When a piece of machinery has been exposed to a corrosive atmosphere for an extended period, sometimes the only way to fix it , is to pull it apart and clean up the corrosion, maybe replace some totaly frozen components and put it back together correctly. If you don't know how to do that I suggest getting the name of a trustworthy repair shop and asking them if the saw can be repaired more inexpensively than replacing it.
      Good luck....Ray
      Last edited by roadrashray; 11-27-2009, 08:15 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: My table saw has rusted

        Oh god. Chlorine in a garage with tools! Eeeeeeeeeeek! Lots and lots and lots of a penetrating anti-rust spray - Kroil, Gunk, etc. And a little dash of prayers.

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        • #5
          Re: My table saw has rusted

          Does he have a clue how wonderful you are to be doing this... and you're beautiful too??? Holy Cow...

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          • #6
            Re: My table saw has rusted

            My problem is not in the workings of the saw, the whole cast iron table top has a layer of rust on it. How do I clean that off and keep it from happening?

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            • #7
              Re: My table saw has rusted

              Originally posted by fritspats View Post
              My problem is not in the workings of the saw, the whole cast iron table top has a layer of rust on it. How do I clean that off and keep it from happening?
              Love and TLC.

              Use a fine grit steel wool and clean off the rust, and then coat it with a wax finish. Use "Johnson's Paste Wax", or something similar. Whatever you do, don't use a silicone-based wax (like many car waxes), as this won't be good for your table saw, nor your cut materials. WD-40 or 409 cleaner should work good for you to get clean any rust buildup if needed. My 2 cents.

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              • #8
                Re: My table saw has rusted

                I would use some 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sand paper in a finish sander. Sand it dry and use your shop vac to suck up the rust dust, try not to breathe the rust dust, it is not good for you. After you get it nice and shiney and slicked back up I always use the Johnsons paste wax on mine also, helps to seal the cast iron and will let you lumber slide a bit easier. Best thing is to keep it in the dry, preferably in a climate controlled area so it does not "sweat" as the weather changes.

                G3

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                • #9
                  Re: My table saw has rusted

                  if it is as bad as it sounds ,

                  power tools, drill with wire brush or grinder with wire brush,
                  wear respirator and eye protection,

                  if the under parts are rusted, it may need to be disassembled and cleaned up part by part,

                  one other possibles is Electrolysis,
                  you would want to remove all electrical parts first, motor wires, switch's,
                  http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/ru..._derusting.htm

                  http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.co...st_Removal.htm
                  many more possible sites on info,
                  http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...st+rem&aqi=g10

                  as far as a vat to use may be a kids wading pool

                  hope you get it cleaned up,
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                  • #10
                    Re: My table saw has rusted

                    Originally posted by fritspats View Post
                    My problem is not in the workings of the saw, the whole cast iron table top has a layer of rust on it. How do I clean that off and keep it from happening?
                    It's no problem. Just hit it with your 1/4 sheet orbital sander 'til it shines up. Or an air jitterbug if you have one. Shouldn't take more than 5 minutes unless the whole thing is heavily crusted. Use regular aluminum oxide paper. Emery paper or cloth is too aggressive, but regular sandpaper on the machine won't take off enough of the surface to create any waviness or ever even notice.

                    Once in a while I wipe mine down with mineral spirits (paint thinner). It seems to work fine. Soime use Boeshield, but you have to buy some... paint thinner you already have. Many use wax.... I don't like wax, as I don't like any getting on the wood before applying finish. But many report no problems. Definitely, use nothing containing silicone (ever-ever-ever!!).
                    Last edited by Andy_M; 01-04-2010, 04:34 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: My table saw has rusted

                      Thanks everyone. Wow, everything from WD-40 and wax to wading pools and electrolysis. Who knew? I'll try the easy first and keep you posted.

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