April 6, 2013
With proper care, no. If you neglect it, oh heck yeah! when you first bring your saw home you will need a can of mineral spirits, a lot of rags, and a can of old fashoned Johnson's Paste Wax. As soon as you are done assembling the saw take a rag wet with mineral spirits, and scrub down the top and sides of the table, both the cast iron center, and the steel wings. You are removing the sticky coating of cosmoline rust inhibitor that is on there from the factory. This must be done because stock wont feed smoothly on a sticky top, and the cosmoline can cause finishing problems on your projects. then dry the table with a dry cloth. Give it 20 minutes to air dry afterward. Then rub a generous coat of paste wax on in small circles. Give the wax time to haze, then buff it off. the wax protects from rust, and makes stock slide smoothly on the table. Rewax every few months, or more if you use the saw heavily. Do that, and you'll never have a problem. Also wax the face of your fence, and the slide rails for smooth action
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