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I am getting my Rikon 10-326 14” bandsaw set up. The table comes inside a plastic cover and is coated with a thick layer of packing (oil, grease) that gets all over everything. The YouTube videos simply say to clean it off and replace with paste wax or similar. The manual is even less help.
What is the most thorough, and possibly separately, easiest way to remove that stuff?

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The most common use of Cosmoline is in the storage and preservation of some machine tools. ect.
It is not recommended to use harsh chemical solvents that could strip paint, finishes, or other aesthetic/functional coatings from the surface. A better solvent is Stoddard Solvent, or mineral spirits, kerosene
All cosmoline cleaning methods create hazardous waste that must be disposed of in the proper manner. Aqueous or solvent cleaning both have accepted methods to dispose of the "sludge" created.
saw dust can also be used in the cleanup. if it new last 180 days a plastic scraper(old credit card) will get a lot of it off. there is a lot of web site that cover this.
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Goof off you can get at any Big box or hardware store about seven dollars a bottle works good On stove or about anything Greasy
 

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3" plastic putt knife to scrape off all you can.
Then WD40 would act as a solvent to spray and wipe off with plenty of rags.
Then I highly recommend BOESHIELD T-9 (developed by Boeing) spray on wipe off
then follow up the next day with some Johnson's past wax.
 

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I've always just used mineral spirits as suggested. I've been finding lately that WD40 dissolves gunk pretty good to like Randy suggested and it does have anti corrosive qualities. I saw a pretty good test between it and a bunch of other products and it came out around 4th out of about 20. The Rikon is supposed to be a pretty good saw Tom. Lee Valley has started handling Rikon and they wouldn't if it wasn't good.
 

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After cleanup I used BOESHIELD T-9 as a protectant. Works very well back when I used to have an evaporative cooler in the shop. If I apply paste wax, I use a drill and polishing attachment to buff it out properly.

Whatever you do with the rags, don't just toss them into a container. That's the recipe for spontaneous combustion. Contact your local city hall for appropriate waste disposal. I always hang such rags out until they dry out, then dispose of them when the city has their free, hazardous wast collection days.
 

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I am getting my Rikon 10-326 14” bandsaw set up. The table comes inside a plastic cover and is coated with a thick layer of packing (oil, grease) that gets all over everything. The YouTube videos simply say to clean it off and replace with paste wax or similar. The manual is even less help.
What is the most thorough, and possibly separately, easiest way to remove that stuff?

Thank very much
Tom...plenty of suggestions already...I would go with mineral spirits...then paste wax (no silicone)

You're gonna love that saw...I have the 10-325 and it tunes like a champ (Snodgrass method) and stays in alignment.

One of the things to check is that the guide bearings stay aligned with the guide arm all the way up and all the way down. If not, there are a couple of screws that will align for exact perpendicular travel.
 

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Mineral Spirits

Rag'n'Bone brown recommends White spirit (UK) or mineral spirits (US, Canada), also known as mineral turpentine (AU/NZ), turpentine substitute, and petroleum spirits.
https://youtu.be/gvBQCAHtEGo?t=94
 
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