Dewalt 746 Restoration #3: Even more cleaning while waiting for parts

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Blog entry by ihadmail posted 02-05-2017 01:35 AM 1546 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Further cleaning, disassembly and inspection Part 3 of Dewalt 746 Restoration series Part 4: Final trunion cleaning »

I had to order parts from three different suppliers to maximize the amount of OEM items I could get. Two of them are taking their sweet time getting me the parts I ordered.

My POR-15 kit arrived yesterday. The free shipping directly from the manufacturer’s website was amazingly fast. The kit includes a cleaner/degreaser, an etching metal prep, and the actual coating. The proper application of everything seems a bit time consuming, and all loose rust must be removed before beginning. I’ll cover the use of each product in detail as I’m using them.

I had some free time this evening, so I broke out the small wire brushes and got to work on some of the trunion assembly. I used undiluted simple green to cut the grease that’s had years to harden in place and also to limit the amount of dust I made. I’m still cleaning rust/oil dust from everything in my garage from using the wire wheel on the top.

Even doing the brushing by hand it was much quicker than previously since I’m no longer going for 100% removal. The majority of the rust is still coming off, and that should make the final prep and the application of the POR-15 more successful.

Here’s the only progress photo I took tonight:

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#1 posted 02-05-2017 06:12 PM

Well worth the restoration work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 02:40 AM

I sure hope so. I’ve questioned my judgement more than once while working on this saw. I will unquestionably be intimately familiar with the entire saw once it’s finished though.

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