Low-Dust Lubricant for a Tablesaw
I have an old tablesaw that still works well. But the gears often become clogged with sawdust, which makes them hard to turn. I clean them out, but the lubricant I use seems to be a magnet for dust. Is there something I could use that wouldn’t attract so much sawdust?
Paul Cox, Berkeley, CA
I use a white grease stick that has the consistency of soft soap. You can find it in the automotive aisle of most hardware stores. A toothbrush will let you apply a thin coat to the gears that won’t attract much dust.
If you can’t find the stick grease, use a furniture wax like Johnson’s paste wax. It works nearly as well.
To help clean the gears before applying the grease, use a spray penetrating oil such as WD-40 and a stiff brush.