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10-16-2011 04:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blade cleaning blade

After all the positive comments here, I bought a gallon of this today. Now the question: do you use it straight, dilute 1:10 (light cleaning) or 1:1 (heavy cleaning). The light and heavy came from the label. Do you soak blades or just spray and brush? Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 04:57 AM

I use it full strength. Soaking saves a little work, but spraying and brushing works too.

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 05:16 AM

A tip that I picked up on this site that works great. Use the lid from a five gallon paint pail to soak your blades in. Just the right size for a ten inch blade and you don’t waste a lot of your cleaning product.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 05:26 AM

I use a 12” pizza pan that I found in the shop attic. Perfect size.

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 05:50 AM

I use throw-away pizza pans, soak at full strength for 5 – 10 minutes, and scrub with an old toothbrush.

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 02:19 PM

I dilute, which mostly means (I think) it jut has to soak a little longer. BTW, I also use for soaking drum sander belts, when they get some resin burned into them; at least I used to, before I quit sanding soft wood on my drum sander. One other thing it excels at is removing bugs from your car. Spray a little on the bugs, the bigger tougher ones might need a paper towel laid on them and then spray it to get it wet. 10 minutes later they wash right off. Then finally, I also use to spot treat our carpet when I’m cleaning it.

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 04:06 PM

I use Extreme Simple Green, approved for airplane use, and dilute 50%. Just spray on, wait a few minutes and brush with a brass brush.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 04:37 PM

Simple Green works well as does Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda).
I’ve heard some negatives about using oven cleaner. Too caustic for the welds on carbide blades. Hmmmm?


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#8 posted 10-16-2011 05:39 PM

Regular Simple Green full strength, soak for a max. of 5 minutes then use one of those bathtub cleaning brushes with a handle, the ones that look like a row boat.

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 05:58 PM

Full strength is fine, but the maker of Simple Green suggests not soaking, as it can cause issues with the carbide. For soaking they recommend Simple Green Pro HD. If you’ve got the original Simple Green, just spray it on, brush the teeth, and rinse it off within a few minutes.

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 06:06 PM

Which “Simple Green” types do you all use? Stock codes might be nice. :)

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 06:15 PM

50/50 solution, soak for a 5-10, then I use a nail cleaning brush to remove what hasn’t dissolved or floated off.

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 06:20 PM

Just to let you know,Freud recommends against Simple Green

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 06:31 PM

I have used washing soda and goof off with good good results. I use a large metal movie real holder I got at a garage sale too soak my blades in.

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#14 posted 10-16-2011 06:33 PM

Knotscott: I knew I had read that somewhere.(about the carbide)
I had “issues” with Trend about a year ago (there CS ended up satisfying me completely!) and one of the items they sent me was a bottle of cleaner. It works great on blades and router bits. I also use SG on my cheaper blades.

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