Just a headsup on the Rockler saw blade cleaning kit

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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 09-09-2009 09:21 PM 2348 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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09-09-2009 09:21 PM

Hey guys, just wanted to pass this along for what it’s worth.
About 2 months ago I bought the Rockler cleaning kit for saw blades. Some of you may have, some not. It’s got a big tub with a “riser” in the middle to lift the blade up to keep from sucking to the bottom, a qt. of resin and pitch cleaner, and a little brass brush for cleaning. Anyway I mixed 1 prt. solution and 3 prts. water. I’ve cleaned a half dozen blades with no problem, and it worked good. Last night I was cleaning a couple of blades, let them soak while me and my wife went to supper, but forgot about them till this morning when I went to the shop. Opened the lid, and nearly all the finish was gone from the blade—even the writing, and the blades looked like they had been”blued” like a gun barrel, and rusted. I finished cleaning them, washed them, dried them, and they look like hell. I called Rockler about this, and they had nothing to tell me other than “I’m sorry”. One of the blades is brand new, and now it looks like it’s been in a fire. It won’t hurt the performance of the blade, but sure looks nasty. Could this have happened to any of you? If so, I’d like some feedback on it—-pros and cons. Rick D.

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 09:58 PM

Rick – That’s gotta be tough to witness on an expensive blade. IMO the best way to avoid that type of scenario is to use a spray, brush, and rinse method, and skip the soak all together. If you clean your blades often, there’ll be no reason for a soak. I’ve successfully used that method with several household cleaners (409, Totally Awesome, Greased Lightning, Simple Green, Goo Gone) as well as the Boeshield Blade n Bit cleaner. Of the 50+ blades I’ve cleaned, only one began to lose it’s lettering…it was DeWalt’s new Precision Trim series, and I’m blaming the lettering process more than the cleaning in this case.

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 02:14 AM

This has happened to me with oven cleaner but in far less time.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 03:24 AM

Sorry to hear that. I sounds like your blade was “fumed” or “blued” by the process.

But hey, look at the bright side. The blade still works and it’s clean. And this “nasty” looking blade (as you called it!) will now remind you to keep your blade lowered below the saw table surface and never raise it any higher than the teeth protruding above the lumber you’re cutting!

See? SAFETY! A blessing in disguise!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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