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old Shopsmith Way Tubes
First of all, the Way Tubes are not chrome plated. You can probably save them by cleaning them up with emery cloth followed by steel wool. Once you get them clean, coat them with two or three layers of furniture paste wax to protect them. This waxing procedure should be repeated at least once a year...more if your machines are stored in a garage or out-building.
If you have trouble getting them reconditioned properly, new MARK V Tubes are not that expensive - top tubes are $49.99 a pair - bottom tubes $33.99 a pair. Good luck.
blades dull quickly when sawing cedar
Sounds like it's in the wood. Two things could be happening. First, cedar will extract minerals from the earth and deposit them in the sapwood. This mineral deposit is in liquid form and soft while still in the sapwood. As the wood transforms from sapwood to heartwood, it no longer has all the moisture of the sap running through it and is quite a bit drier, so the minerals crystallize. This can make the heartwood very abrasive.
Second, cedar has a fine, rough, flaky bark with lots of small recesses for dirt to hide. If this tree grew in or near a field that's dusty even part of the year (as many are), the tree will pick up the dust blown by the wind and capture it in the bark. Then, as the tree transforms the bark to sapwood, the dust becomes soft from all the moisture of the sapwood. During the subsequent transformation of this sapwood to heartwood, as described above, it no longer has the sap running through it and is drier. As a result, the dust becomes hard again and could be the cause of your dulling problem.