Simple Green blade cleaning

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Blog entry by steveosshop posted 07-17-2008 05:40 AM 1023 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would put this out there as a blog. I had been looking for something to clean my sawblades with. I thought about some of the kits available from woodoworking stores and online, but while I was looking found a blog on simple green. I started researching that and found a couple quotes from members of the Freud company about the product. I don’t know how credible they are, because I could not find anything out about them or it on any publication from Freud. It did spark my interest tho. Simple green does not contain lye or any other harsh chemicals, so as far as I know it does not harm the bond on carbide blades(don’t quote me on it though). As for the result, I think it worked rather well. I dilluted the concentrate 1:10 with water and let the blade soak for about 15mins. I then took a toothbrush and scrubbed some of the tough areas. After that I rinsed the blades with water and dried extremely well to keep rust from building up. After that some WD40 and back to the saws. I used the blades that were cleaned tonight on my Squirrel Whirler project and everything cut like new again. If anybody has heard anything about it harming the blades let me know. I don’t want to work with dangerous equipment, but so far so good.

Heres my cleaning kit; Simple Green, a tooth brush, and a auto oil pan.


-- Steve-o

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 05:51 AM

Thanks, my kind of stuff; off the shelf from the kitchen.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 05:53 AM

Works great. Been using it for a couple of years, now.
Haven’t had a tooth fly off yet.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 06:30 AM

The stuff works great! Beed using it for years. Instead of a toothbrush I use a small brass bristle brush. Works very fast.

I pour the leftovers in a jar and keep using it. I use it full strength and have been using the same batch for months.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 01:00 PM

Hmm.. I haven’t thought about Simple Green or loosing carbide teeth.
I use Easy-Off oven cleaner, the cold oven formula. No fumes and no scrubbing plus it has a lemony fresh scent..

Does or could the oven cleaner cause the bond on the teeth to fail?
I’m too old and fat to dodge bullets.

-- .

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#5 posted 07-17-2008 01:09 PM

Great post. I’ll have to look and see if we still have any.

-- Jerry

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 01:10 PM

Simple Green is great stuff!

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#7 posted 07-18-2008 01:03 AM

I’ve been using Simple Green on bicycle frame and parts since 2001. No harm has ever come to either one of us.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 07-18-2008 01:35 AM

I use denatured alcohol and it also works well. Simple green is acidic, so rinsing and drying well is the key, but it won’t harm the carbide or the bond to the steel. Easy-Off, on the other hand, is a lye based cleaner, and will degrade the brazing material between the carbide and the blade (most have some aluminum in the alloy) as well as cause pits in some of the less expensive carbide teeth. I used to use easy off and greased lightning, but quit after I had a couple miter saw blades start slinging teeth at me. Upon examining them, I also found the remaining teeth were pitted.


-- Go

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