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Forum topic by wookie posted 01-16-2010 10:42 AM 1648 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2010 10:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maintanance saw blades tip

I noticed that my brand new Avanti 60t blade for my miter saw is starting to rust around the gullets/ carbide tips area. Everything is in the garage that is not heated. What can I do to clean it up and to prevent it in the future? Also, my new dado set came with oil on the blades and I just wiped it off. Should I clean them with acetone and how should I keep them and all my blades from rusting. I need a crash course ASAP!!!!!

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 03:42 PM

The brown is probably pitch, not rust. Not too bad to clean. I use blade cleaner purchased from Woodcraft and a cheap bristle brush from HD. Follow the instructions on the cleaner bottle. To soak the blade, I use a plastic dish that is supposed to be underneath a flower pot. You can get those without the flower pot at KMArt, or just about anywhere.
You don’t need acetone to clean your blades. Just use a spray cleaner and dry your blades well. The unfortunate thing about a garage shop is exposure to moisture. That will cause rust. Especially if you are pulling wet cars into the garage.

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 06:32 PM

Thanks Paul,

That is most likely what it is. Freaked me out though. Great advice. I am new to all this and learning a lot along the way and that is the fun of it. Thanks for responing so quickly.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 07:10 PM

Regular stove cleaner works great on blades too to get the pitch and other debris off.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 10:30 PM

WD-40! I wipe all my steel down with it. Its like windex for

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 05:02 PM

Thanks again, Guys. The gunk came right off.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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