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Lining Inside of Slab Saw

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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2014, 08:03:34 pm »

Wow. Call me Dirtbag.  In 19 years I've only cleaned out my slab saw four times: each time I needed to move it. I find the oil gets dirty, but if it sits for a couple weeks without use, all the sediment settles and stays down.  When I move the saw, I drain the oil and scrape a couple inches of nearly-solid mud out of the bottom. I simply don't see a reason to clean it out more often. The sediment causes no problems in the operation of the saw. It slowly fills up the "bathtub" but the thing is so deep anyway that it causes no trouble. It saves me having to top off the oil so often to keep the level above the blade.

I know this is an older thread but I had to comment on this.... if you have a large/deep sump you can get away with this, especially if you are not going **** with your saw...5+ hours/day, everyday. Or if you have a saw like mine where there is only 3 1/2 gallons of oil in it to make it work. I let my saw go for a month, maybe 2 and I have no choice but to clean out the saw. I drain it, scrape out the heavy deposits and then refill it with oil that I had filtered the previous cleaning
and away I go!
And while the sediment will settle out of the oil over time, when you turn on the saw the top layer of sediment will raise up and get lifted up by the blade and deposited onto what you are cutting thereby increasing the chance of cutting marks on the material being cut, and, reducing the life of the blade, because it has to work harder to cut and cool with sediment present in the oil.

When I have my saw going steadily, I tend to have it running about 6-9/day at least 5 days a week and some material is dirtier than others so the oil gets nasty faster, but I always wait till I get to the pudding stage or worse before cleaning the saw and I clean my saw at least 6 times/year. (During the summer it is harder to cut in my shop as I have no A/C in there and the temp hits 100+ on a regular basis.

So, no I don't think you're a dirtbag for your cleaning, I think it's great that you can do this, wish I could too, but understand not all of us have that large sump area to work with, so we have to clean it out more often!
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