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Forum topic by jayjay posted 02-21-2010 05:55 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2010 05:55 AM

How or what do you guys use to clean the pitch and build up on the cutting blades of your table saws, routers, jointers, planers, etc. I know there are cleaning product kits that you can buy to soak your blades in, but I’m more interested in home made remedies that I might be able to make using things that I might already have lying around my shop. Are there any tricks, techniques, or special mixtures that clean off the crusty build up?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM


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#1 posted 02-21-2010 06:06 AM

I do pretty well with a 50/50 mixture of Simple Green and water, scrubbed with an old toothbrush, or the current toothbrush of somebody you don’t particularly like.

Hint: table saw blades soak pretty comfortably in an inverted Frisbee :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 06:07 AM

+1 to Neil
I clean the same way.
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#3 posted 02-21-2010 06:11 AM

^^I’ll give that a try. I know plenty of people with tooth brushes…....lol

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 06:18 AM

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http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/brand/208

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 06:25 AM

Thanks for the links David.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 06:55 AM

Never have heard the frisbee trick. I’ll have to use that one! Right now I use a giant Rubbermaid tub—too big and needs too much cleaner. Thanks for the tip!

-- David from Indiana --

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 07:01 AM

the one i was also looking for ,
was the one about cutting
the bottom of a plastic pail
2 or 3 inches and soaking the blades in that .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 07:23 AM

I use Simple Green in those throw away aluminum pizza pans from the grocery store.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 07:23 AM

I only seem to have one Frisbee that’s big enough for a 10” ts blade.

I think IT’s the odd man out.

The others are only big enough for a circ saw blade, so … I like David’s bottom of the bucket idea ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 02:32 PM

I’ve tried everything from oven cleaner, bug & tar remover, wd40, kerosene, commercial degreaser, just about everything. CMT’s formula 2050 is hands down the best I’ve used. About once a year a pick up a container from Wordwerks, 18oz bottle, I thinks it’s around $15-$20. I also picked up a oil change pan from one of those dollar stores several year back that holds a TS blade perfectly. I also use a toothbrush, but being ever on the look out for easier ways to do things, I spotted a battery powered toothbrush at CVS on sale for a couple bucks. Between the two, my blades look new!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#11 posted 02-21-2010 03:41 PM

Simple Green

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#12 posted 02-21-2010 04:17 PM

Same here, Simple Green!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 02-21-2010 04:36 PM

I use an old Tupperware pie holder to clean my blades. It’s got a lid that seals nicely and I keep the Simple
Green solution right in it between cleanings. Works great. I just wish I could find one that was big enough for a 16” blade.

JP

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#14 posted 02-21-2010 05:34 PM

Sounds like simple green is the winner. Good thing is, we use that stuff by the 55 gal. drum where I work, so I have pretty much an endless supply of that. We use it mainly to clean oil and coolant off parts that we machine, I never considered it for cleaning pitch and gum off blades. Thanks again for all the tips and suggestions.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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