Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Startrite Saw Base Ready For Paint

So I cleaned up the base today, after setting up in the woodworking shop. The new workshop is getting a little cold for comfortable work without heat.

The first picture is a picture of the clean out on the oil and cuttings collection tray. This is a feature you will not find on the imports. I like it, makes it easy to push up a garbage bucket to clean out the tray.


Tools for the job. So first I scraped out all the heavy build-up, then working one surface at a time, I sprayed it down with WD-40 and worked the surface well with my small 4" grinder and an aggressive twist wire cup. After cleaning and spraying again, I worked the surface again with my low speed mixing drill and a straight wire cup to blend any ruff spots between old paint and bare metal. After wiping down again, I gave it all a light sanding with fine paper.

Notice in the picture, the oil drain screen. Even with that great clean out tray, rather than clean out the tray more often, some bright light decided it would be better to drill 6 of the holes larger. Not a problem, just means the settling chamber in the oil tank will have to be cleaned more often. Probably the same guy that cut that chunk out of one of the jaws. LOL.


Here is the dent in the side of the tray I mentioned earlier.


And here is the dent repaired.


The finished base, ready for paint. On top 4 heavy duty swivel casters, cleaned up and in good shape. Makes it easy to move the saw around on rough shop floors.


The back view. 


So it will get a final wipe down with varsol before the paint goes on. Maybe tomorrow.

Some purists feel a job like this should all be taken down to bare metal. It would certainly bring it closer to a factory new machine, but in my case, would be overkill. I have no intention to resell it and the aggressive  cleaning provides a good base for the new paint. It may not look as pretty but will be well protected. My big 7" grinder with a sanding disk would do fast work of it, but with sheet metal there is the danger of getting to thin, this would be more suited for heavy cast or steel sections.