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09-20-2017 09:17 PM

what does everyone like to use? I don’t want to buy the overpriced pitch remover but can if I need to.


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#1 posted 09-20-2017 09:30 PM

Household cleaners like simple green will
work. Mix whatever you have on hand
with water and soak the blade for awhile.
The pitch will come off with a nylon bristle
brush.

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#2 posted 09-20-2017 09:58 PM

409 works well for me.

-- Clin

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#3 posted 09-20-2017 10:01 PM

I’ve used brake cleaner with good success.

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#4 posted 09-20-2017 11:26 PM

Mineral spirits, turpentine, MEK… Whatever’s handy.

Next question is how to get it out of your shop rags.

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#5 posted 09-20-2017 11:41 PM

When felling SYP trees we used to dip our chainsaws in kerosene and run them for a minute. Cleaned them up pretty good. That sap could clog up about anything it got on.

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#6 posted 09-21-2017 12:24 AM

I use some stuff called Goof Off I get at home depot.

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#7 posted 09-21-2017 12:46 AM



Household cleaners like simple green will
work. Mix whatever you have on hand
with water and soak the blade for awhile.
The pitch will come off with a nylon bristle
brush.

- Loren

+1 I don’t care who says not to use it.

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#8 posted 09-21-2017 12:47 AM



409 works well for me.

- clin

+1

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#9 posted 09-21-2017 12:47 AM



I use some stuff called Goof Off I get at home depot.

- papadan
</blockquote +1

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#10 posted 09-21-2017 12:48 AM



I ve used brake cleaner with good success.

- firefighterontheside

I got some of that I’ll have to try it out next time.

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#11 posted 09-21-2017 12:49 AM

I have found most cleaners work.

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#12 posted 09-21-2017 01:12 AM

I use a few drops of Dawn in hot water. Plastic bristle brush, wipe clean and dry.

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#13 posted 09-21-2017 01:22 AM

Simple Purple (Simple Green Industrial formula) is amazing for cleaning blades. It is available in gallon concentrate at Home Depot for a reasonable sum, and it will last you a long time. Thin it one part Simple Purple to two parts water, and the pitch and resin will dissolve almost immediately.

Plus there is no risk of eroding the carbide teeth like there is with Simple Green (probably only an issue if you soak the blade for an extended period).

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#14 posted 09-21-2017 02:18 AM

Citrus degreaser, like Zep. Takes the pitch off in about 60 seconds, twice that if it’s really bad. I spray it on, give it a minute, then brush it with a toothbrush. It’s acidic so you need to rinse with water or neutralize.

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#15 posted 09-21-2017 03:25 AM

Washing soda, goof off, simple green.depends on how much you want to scrub.

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