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Lining Inside of Slab Saw

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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2014, 02:44:14 pm »

Ok, let me get the obvious out of the way first.  I'm anal.  There I said it.

When I drain my 16" slab saw I also clean out the inside fairly thoroughly.  I used to clean it until it shined, but Tony convinced me that wasn't necessary.  Now it just is...clean, mostly. 

I was thinking about putting some sort of lining, burlap, plastic bag, whatever, on the bottom of the saw in order to be able to easily remove the clay that builds up on the bottom over a period of time.  Tony feels that burlap might absorb too much oil but I suspect that it either wouldn't amount to all that much or I could just dump the burlap into the drained oil and let it drain with all the rest of the gunk.  My primary concern is that somehow or another it could get tangled around the blade, although I can't see that happening.

Any thoughts, concerns, kindred souls?????


I have a friend that uses pieces of used bed sheets as a liner for his 36 in saw. His wife sewed around the edges and even sewed in little lift handles. He has two so he just lifts the one out (after draining most of the oil) and puts the other one in place and returns the paper bag filtered oil. I never asked how he cleaned the bed sheet once removed?

Mike
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