Unplug the saw. Take out the insert plate and remove the saw blade. Now, in the front of and behind
where the blade usually is there are curved cast iron slides under, but close to the bottom side of the table top and they are likely very dirty. There is also a small gear on the blade tilt handle shaft that a big long curved gear rides in. Clean all of these points as best as you can, removing caked on grease and sawdust.
Now find a can of Johnson's Paste Wax and an old tooth brush. Use the tooth brush to brush wax onto the rubbing surfaces of these tracks and the gears. Crank the tilt mechanism back and forth from stop to stop and make certain that all of the rubbing surfaces are waxed all the way to the limits. I'm certain that you will discover a significant improvement in how easily your saw tilts. I use the Johnson's wax instead of oil or grease because it develops a dry crust which prevents sawdust from sticking, yet it lubricates just as well as oil and grease. Conventional oil and grease in these locations will collect large amounts of saw dust.
Now do the same with the other gears and sliding mechanisms under the saw's table. You can also remove the access door on the bottom front of the saw cabinet and work on some of the lower places that way.
To make the wood slide easier across the table top I apply Johnson't wax to the bare shiny top with a rag, let it sit 5-10 minutes, and then buff off the excess with a clean rag. You can put several coats on the top this way and it will protect your cast iron top from rusting for several months between treatment as well as making the wood slide easier.
Last edited by CharleyL; 04-30-2011 at 12:14 AM.