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#1 posted 11-10-2017 02:11 AM

I have a schedule of maintenance for such equipment in the shop. For me I lightly sand the cast iron tops and then apply paste wax and rub than in and leave it as is. On the rare occasion I see a rust spot develop repeat same before it gets too far. For the painted legs wipe them down with some car wax once in awhile and that should be enough.

Maintenance is an item I know we all hate to deal with. But even if only once a year you inspect equipment for belts, signs of wear on switches and clean everything down it will keep your equipment running without issues. Most of the time…................ Things do break but chance favors the prepared mind.

For any wood to cast iron contact I put oil based poly on the bottom, 2 -3 coats and let this dry and CURE for say 7 days then install. Again I know we all want to use it right now but letting the poly cure assures no issues later.

Every jig I have has the same treatment on the bottom.

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