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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16 Responses to “Cleaning Your Table Saw Top”

  1. Ralph Saeger

    no website sorry just getting things going

  2. Ralph Saeger

    no website sorry ust getting things going

  3. Keith Rayeski

    No go on Top Saver!! In fact, the company, Empire Manufacturing, apparently is not longer in operation. So if you have any, use it sparingly, because you possess, a product on the endangered species list, soon to be extinct!

  4. n444vt

    What about SawStop job site? It’s painted aluminum.

  5. Jack Burgess

    Have Sears 14" band saw that has served me well for 5 years. The wheel guides that are on each side of the blade get to where they di not roll and spin freely. What lubricant should I be using. Also what lubricant for the axles of the large wheels? thanks

  6. Paul Zink

    I used extreme fine grit wet sand paper using WD40, wipes dry and then applied baby powder with a caulk eraser - wipe down now & then with eraser and more baby powder

  7. Larry Faust

    sounds good


    Why would you recommend a product that appears to no longer be available?

  9. Mark Hanzel

    You might want to update this email blast. If the product in the email isn’t available and you have an alternate in the comments section dated in 2016 you make your emails useless and kinda like SPAM.

  10. pat felker

    Hey Mitch, No matter what anyone else tells you, try Boeshield T-9. Once you do, you will wonder why you never heard of it before!!