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Forum topic by birdguy posted 06-21-2010 09:50 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2010 09:50 PM

I saw some stuuff the outher day says it improves your blade like a cleaner I guess is it any good any one better?

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 09:58 PM

I use a 50/50 mix of Simple Green and water.

Don’t leave the blade soaking in anything for TOO long (long enough to get it cleaned up, only).

I use a nylon-bristled dish washing brush.

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 10:01 PM

What’s the purpose of cleaning the blade and advantages

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 10:10 PM

I use 409. Spray it on and use a brass brush.
The reasons to clean is to lessen burning, maintain balance and provide a cleaner cut. I’m sure there are more, but that’s why I clean blades…..and my router bits, too.

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 10:24 PM

I was using the 50/50 simple green / water mix in a plastic flower pot saucer gizmo, but I kept punching holes in the saucer. I went to Rockler to get a proper dunking tub and ended up with their full Saw Blade / Router Bit cleaning kit. I got it on sale for $15.00 I think it was… Considering what I would have paid for simple green and a proper cleaning tub only, it was a good deal. Has a brass bristle brush, and a soaking cup for router bits to boot.

The cleaning solution honestly smells like simple green, but the dilution ratio is higher (1 quart solution, 3 quarts water). Works like a champ though… Better than simple green even. My Freud 40T was heavily crusted with pine pitch and had started burning cuts… A quick clean up and it cut like a brand new blade…

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#5 posted 06-21-2010 10:37 PM

You can use one of two things they both work great Goof Off and Super washing soda . you need to use a small tooth brush type wire brush on both but just barley. The washing soda(not baking soda) is by far the cheapest.

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#6 posted 06-21-2010 11:38 PM

The pitch build up on carbide teeth makes the blade perform like the teeth are dull. It also creates heat, which breaks down the carbide, then creates a dull blade. A clean blade performs better longer…it’s a good idea to clean your blades regularly if you’ve got a good blade that you’d like to keep for a while. Same is true of router and shaper bits.

There are lots of easy, cheap, and effective methods for blade cleaning…no need to buy an expensive specialty blade cleaner. Household degreaser sprays like 409, Simple Green, Fantastic, LA’s Totally Awesome, Greased Lighting, Goo Gone, etc., all work well. Spray them on, scrub with a brass brush, rinse and dry…done in 4 or 5 minutes. Don’t soak them unless you’re certain the solution has a neutral pH….Freud recommends kerosene if you need to soak your blades. Oven cleaner works too, but is a bit messy, plus there’s some controversy about the caustic not being good for the carbide…there’s too many other good choices to bother with it. I’ve heard of folks using washing soda and TSP successfully too.

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#7 posted 06-21-2010 11:46 PM

FWIW, if I wasn’t going for the soaking tub, I wouldn’t have bothered with the Rockler kit… But I do like how well the stuff works…

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 05:42 AM

CMT has a nice spray bottle of Orange colored cleaner, I have used it a number of times and it does the job too!

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 02:49 PM

Thanks! I need to clean some blades. Hopefully, they haven’t rusted any under the crud.

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