What do you mean it hesitates? It's normal for it to take a second for enough material to get fed into the feed rollers before it starts going on it's own. It's also quite common for the material to stop moving while it's in the machine. Both of these can be minimized by keeping the bed clean and lubricated, you can also help push the material through the machine, but use caution when doing it, the point is to help the material through, not force feed the machine.
For cleaning: use a bit of Goof Off on a rag and wipe the surface down. A little effort may be needed for globs of sap.
For lubrication and tool protection used Top Cote
In looking for a suitable cleaner that won't cause your polished iron and steel surfaces to rust, I came across this site. In general I think the info is good for cleaning and protecting polished surfaces, however I don't think I'd try 409 cleaner as recommended in the article for fear of developing rust. It might work great, but before spraying down an expensive piece of equipment, I'd do a spot test on something.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 10-13-2008 at 12:38 PM.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!