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Forum topic by CB_Cohick posted 07-02-2015 08:10 PM 2482 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2015 08:10 PM

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I didn’t turn up anything in my search of the forum, so here is my question. How do you guys remove the waxy material the sharpening service applies to the sharpened blade so it can be handled safely until it is ready to use? I picked one tooth’s worth off to see if I could easily just peel it off. That didn’t work very well, and I really don’t want to do that on an 80 tooth blade, lol. The one tooth is nice and sharp though.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 08:14 PM

Install it and run some wood through… will be gone in no time.


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#2 posted 07-02-2015 08:29 PM

I always just pull it off going in the direction from the back of the tooth over the top. My sharpening company usually has it thick enough that it peels pretty easily. I’ve never run it through wood to remove it so I have no comment on that other than it’s not something I would do. Pair of gloves one tooth at a time if I had to.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 08:33 PM

If you have a zero clearance insert,install the blade and turn it up slowly if you want a bit of a mess.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 08:39 PM

I always peel it by hand

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 08:39 PM

I would not put it on your saw.

Bu if you do be VERY careful of flying debris. I mean, duck down below the table, hit the switch and raise it slowly into piece of wood.

Now how do I know that???

The stuff form my sharpener just peels off like silicone.

Why not just call the sharpening service and ask them?

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#6 posted 07-03-2015 12:19 AM

Why don’t you ask the sharpening service how THEY expect you to get the gunk off YOUR blade? THEY did the work sharpening the blade. THEY applied any coating that was applied before sending It back to YOU. Why on earth should YOU have to experiment or go on line to a forum to get suggestions as to how to deal with the gunk they applied? YOU spent the money to get the blade sharpened. YOU should be provided with everything needed to return the blade to service.

Do you recall the video ad for tires with the elderly lady throwing a tire through the the window of the tire place? That would be me with a saw blade if the sharpeners didn’t give me any idea how I should deal with.some coating of gunk that they had applied without telling me how I should deal with it.

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#7 posted 07-03-2015 12:56 AM

Grab it and rip it off.

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#8 posted 07-03-2015 01:03 AM

I’ve had some sharpeners use wax that peels off a 10” blade in no more than 3 intact strips and I’ve gotten some back where like you I had to peel it off one tooth at a time. It is possible to install it and run it and have it fly off, the potential danger is having it come off in just a few strips and hit you or something else at a high rate of speed. The other danger is if it only flies off half the blade and becomes violently unbalanced. Given that it’s an 80 tooth blade, I’m inclined to believe it’s more likely this is going on a miter saw rather than an industrial cabinet saw so the vibration could be more damaging to a lighter machine.

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#9 posted 07-03-2015 01:17 AM

just grab it with some paper towels or a rag and pull outwards away from the sharp teeth. Most all that i get back come off that way very easily and the rag or towel can also wipe off the oil. Been working great that way for years

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#10 posted 07-03-2015 01:22 AM

My sharpening service uses a plastic / rubbery substance that will easily peel off in one piece. It is the same stuff that coats a new router bit. Maybe look for a new sharpening service, or ask them not to coat the blade next time?

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#11 posted 07-03-2015 01:26 PM

Thanks for the input. I don’t need this blade immediately, so I will ask for more info from the service. Of the wear it off suggestions, I like the idea of raising it through my zero clearance insert best, but I will probably just pull it off with a rag if the sharpener doesn’t have a better method.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#12 posted 07-03-2015 01:37 PM

Maybe if you dip blade in simple green and soak then strip with fingers?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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