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Old 11-15-2012, 11:08 AM   #16
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Thanx ToolSeeker for that advice. As more time has passed and I've continued to work with my "left slot" I've actually got it working pretty good. It still binds slightly near the end of its travel. In that location I probably will never go since the typical cut is completed before the miter gauge reaches that point.
Each of the above suggested remedies I have tried and each one added a little more improvement to the overall solution. Most recently I have simply worked the gauge throughout its travel repeatedly using WD40 as a lubricant. Of course I removed the WD40 after each workout.
My conclusion of what was wrong is twofold. First, the slot needed a good cleaning and burnishing with a Dremel wire brush.
Second, the rear end (beyond the center of the blade) needed more aggressive cleaning and in a minor amount of some grinding (Dremel again) of the sidewalls of the slot. I concluded the previous owner never used that area so normal work-in never occurred.

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Thanx ToolSeeker for that advice. As more time has passed and I've continued to work with my "left slot" I've actually got it working pretty good. It still binds slightly near the end of its travel. In that location I probably will never go since the typical cut is completed before the miter gauge reaches that point.
Each of the above suggested remedies I have tried and each one added a little more improvement to the overall solution. Most recently I have simply worked the gauge throughout its travel repeatedly using WD40 as a lubricant. Of course I removed the WD40 after each workout.
My conclusion of what was wrong is twofold. First, the slot needed a good cleaning and burnishing with a Dremel wire brush.
Second, the rear end (beyond the center of the blade) needed more aggressive cleaning and in a minor amount of some grinding (Dremel again) of the sidewalls of the slot. I concluded the previous owner never used that area so normal work-in never occurred.
WD-40 is not a lubricant, The WD stand's for water displacement . Use oil if a lub is needed , I use what is called T-9 for the table lub which for rust and a good lub , make's the top real slick, been using that for yrs, The aircrift boeing company made this for their use , but i guess it is real good so they started selling it
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WD-40 is not a lubricant, The WD stand's for water displacement . Use oil if a lub is needed , I use what is called T-9 for the table lub which for rust and a good lub , make's the top real slick, been using that for yrs, The aircrift boeing company made this for their use , but i guess it is real good so they started selling it
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The long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile, viscous oil which remains on the surface, providing lubrication and protection from moisture.[4] This is diluted with a volatile hydrocarbon to give a low viscosity fluid which can be sprayed and thus penetrate crevices. The volatile hydrocarbon then evaporates, leaving the oil behind. A propellant (originally a low-molecular weight hydrocarbon, now carbon dioxide) provides gas pressure in the can to force the liquid through the spray nozzle, then evaporates away.
These properties make the product useful in both home and commercial fields; lubricating and loosening joints and hinges, removing dirt and residue, and extricating stuck screws and bolts are common usages. The product also may be useful in displacing moisture, as this is its original purpose and design intent.
Last time I checked....oil was a lubricant.

Just in case your not convinced......

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WD-40's formula is a trade secret. The product is not patented, to avoid completely disclosing its ingredients.[3][5] WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:
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Mea Culpa for mentioning I used WD40.
Just like the "grinding" I used to free up the slot the WD40 seemed to work better at loosening up the sliding action of the miter gauge. I tried some light machine oil (in a can like 4&1 oil) but that didn't seem to help like the WD40 did. I let the WD40 set in the slot overnight then started working the gauge. The WD40 that came out of the slot was black so I know it was removing something that was impeding the smooth action I wanted. Anyway, the gauge now works great in the left slot and the right slot is not "sloppy" which was what I feared.
The mention of Boeshield T-9 was good advice too. I previously had cleaned the top with Boeshield RustFree then coated it with Boeshield T-9. After lots of elbow grease, RustFree and SkotchBright pads the table to looks "factory bright" and smooth as glass.

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I like WD40....I use the crap out of it....cleans well...If I have some rusty tools....I clean with vinegar...wash off with water...then coat with WD40....once the solvent evaporates...it leaves the oil behind....

I know some guys don't like it.....but I have no complaints.

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