Noel wrote re water and rust in a slab saw.
Well I guess it depends on how badly rusted the machinery is.
I would get the water out of it ,get rid of surface and flake rust as
much as possible and if everything works, moves and turns ok just top
her up with oil and go for it. You can leave the oil in for yonks,
probably do the thing a lot of good.
Noel, you didn’t say what you cut in the saw, if is hard agate type
material you definately need oil. Water is fine for jade but usually
used with a drop arm saw where the water is fed onto the blade and
then drains away as there is no reservoir. You can of course still
saw jade with oil as your lubricant/coolant but it is not the choice
of professionals and most amateurs in New Zealand.
Happy sawing Noel, just realise that with every slice you take off
you are seeing something that no other person in the history of the
human race has ever seen before.
Keith Torckler, Cornwallis, New Zealand