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Posted on What do you use to clean your table saw blades?

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 05:01 PM

There are many different products on the market. Their effectiveness varies. Some are touted as “green” and usually cost the most. The least expensive is oven cleaner, TSP and household lye. The last one is very effective, but also the most dangerous to use. It can cause severe burns if you don’t take suitable precautions, like rubber gloves and eye protection. Some cleaners take a long time to work. Lye works in a few minutes. You have to rinse the blade very well in water. If you use it in the kitchen sink, be careful not to let the solution go into your garbage disposal. It will eat through some models. Use lye in a plastic bucket large enough to hold the blate flat. You don’t need much lye; maybe a teaspoon in hot water, enough to cover the blade. Use a SS brush to clean the blade. TSP is also good, but works slower than lye. Oven cleaner works well; it’s active ingredient is lye (sodium hydroxide). I’m not a greenie; a little lye won’t bring the world to an end.

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