Cleaning Your Table Saw Top

“How do you keep your table saw so shiny? I use tool spray, but it leaves the cast iron top foggy looking. Do you recommend a wax instead?”

Submitted by: John

WWGOA Editor Response:

There are a number of good products on the market that will protect your tools. Wax is fine, but I’m too lazy to use it. I really like the ease of spritzing a liquid on and wiping it off. The easier it is to do, the more likely you’ll do it. The most important thing is that the lubricant is designed for the job. You shouldn’t use anything with silicone in it. The silicone can migrate into your material and prevent finish from sticking. It also shouldn’t be greasy or oily.

I use a couple of products from Empire Manufacturing. Top Saver does a nice job of removing surface rust and protecting the surface from future rust. I use it on every surface in my shop, just to help moving parts to move better. Planer bed, jointer, router bases, dovetail template…everything.

George Vondriska

Managing Editor

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2 Responses to “Cleaning Your Table Saw Top”
  1. Mitch LeClaire

    I went to the Empire Manufacturing website for information on silicone free table top lubricant and all I found was personal lubricant. Can you be more specific on how to purchase this product?

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Mitch. I believe that this product is no longer available. I’d suggest Bostik GlideCote as an alternative. Available online and in woodworking specialty stores.