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#1 posted 11-10-2017 05:58 AM

It will depend a lot on where you live, how much humidity and temp variation you have, and how much you climate control your shop. I’m in MN, but I heat the shop in the winter to about 60, and AC it in the summer to keep the humidity down (the shop is well insulated and one of the dogs lives in there), and I never have rust issues on any of my machines or tools. I have even left unfinished white oak on the table saw top for a month without a mark.

That said, in unheated and un-airconditioned shops I have worked in here, some have had problems with rust and corrosion. The worst were ones with wide swings in temperature throughout the day, where the tools get condensation on them because they stay colder than the air as it heats up early in the day. In those, we did need to keep wax or oil or something on the unpainted surfaces to protect them.

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