Cleaning TS Blades with Wire Wheel

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Forum topic by BorkBob posted 10-17-2011 01:57 AM 1279 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 01:57 AM

I chuck a soft steel or brass 3” wire wheel in a cordless drill. I clamp the blade to the bench on top of a block of wood to keep the teeth elevated. I work from inside out around the perimeter and even carefully address the face of the teeth. I flip the blade to do the other side.

I’ve also used hand held brass brushes (like toothbrushes) to clean router bits.

Anybidy else do this? Any reason(s) not to?

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 02:30 AM

I would not use a wire wheel on the blades. You will dull the blades by doing that. I use CMT orange blade cleaner with a rag. To clean the teeth, let the solvent soak in and scrub lightly with an old tooth brush. Takes about 15 minutes.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 02:39 AM

Tech…that’s why I asked, because I don’t think it dulls the blades. Have you done it and dulled your blades or are you just thinking it will dull them?

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 02:48 AM

I’ve used a softer Scoth pad before but I’ve never used anything metal on the carbide, even brass. Why take the chance? There are so many different cleaners out there that simply dissolve the accumulated pitch.

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 04:02 AM

I always use a solvent. It is less work, and you dont take any chances dulling the blade

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 04:05 AM

I use a solvent and a blue scrubby sponge. I would not risk it, its easy with solvent, I use Woodcraft’s version.

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 01:05 AM

I used to sharpen saw blades, and the first thing you do is clean the blade. This is usually a soaking in a mild cleaning solution, like TSP accompanied by vigorous hand brushing with a tooth brush. After it is perfectly clean, you can sharpen it. For in between sharpenings, I would recommend the soaking/brushing technique. Sometimes a blade needs to stay in the soak overnight.

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 01:38 AM

This is nothing more than my gut talking …..

When it comes to bicycles … every now and then … somebody feels compelled to ask about using their pressure washer to clean their bike.

My gut … in that situation … always tells me … some risk, but very little reward.

That’s how I feel about this idea. I don’t think I’d do it, but couldn’t really give anybody hard facts about why they shouldn’t.

I use 50/50 Simple Green and a scrub brush. Soak for maybe 15 minutes before scrubbing. Works fine. Haven’t found any reason to change my approach.

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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