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Forum topic by Jon Anderson posted 01-07-2012 02:51 AM 5274 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon Anderson

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01-07-2012 02:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Is there away to do this without having to buy some exotic chemical cleaner , Cost is alway a factor..

-- jbander


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#1 posted 01-07-2012 02:56 AM

I think this has come up once or twice before. ;-) There are many ways to do it…the important thing as that it gets done regardless of which method/cleaner you use.

Saw blade cleaning discussions

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 02:59 AM

I have only used a pitch remover I bought at woodcraft. I don’t cut it, just use it full strength and than put it through a paint/finish strainer and back into the bottle. Been using the same bottle for a good 8 years now. The stuff works like a charm.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 03:00 AM

I use the Simple Green Pro (purple stuff) from Home Depot. It works great and not expensive.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 03:03 AM

Every once in awhile I get a bunch of pine sap on my hands… STICKY as all get-out!

I’ve been using plain ole Dawn liquid dish washing soap.. I may have to try 2-3 times… but, it eventually works for my skin.

How that correlates to a saw blade, I don’t know…

And, when I do it, the sap is still soft... If I were to let it harden, I doubt if the soap would do it.

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 03:20 AM

the simple green cleaners and the orangecleaners both work for me just fine. I usually take the blades off my table saw and miter saw every couple of weeks and give them a good cleaning. Makes a nice difference.

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 03:40 AM

I use Simnple Green. Let blade soak in it for 10 minutes, then scrub balde with an old tooth brush, rinse and dry.

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 04:10 AM

Another call for Simple Green

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#8 posted 01-07-2012 04:27 AM

It’s Dawn dishwashing liquid for me. Hot water, a good squirt of Dawn and let it sit an hour or so in a baking sheet deep enough to cover the blade. Think I set the blade on a few coins or something to ensure good contact all the way around. Not sure just how long it takes because I left my blade soaking a few hours while I went to church one Sunday. I used a nylon household brush to get all the softened gunk from the gullets and around the teeth but it came off real easily with just one soaking.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#9 posted 01-07-2012 06:19 AM

Soak in soap and hot water. Scrub teeth with a bristle
brush. Simple Green works well for the soap.

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#10 posted 01-07-2012 06:55 AM

Thanks for the great response and thanks for the kind welcome, simple green sounds like it has a lot of support, is it because it is more environmentally sound or does have something extra to recommend it.

-- jbander

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#11 posted 01-07-2012 07:01 AM

Jon, Dawn & other dish washing liquid soaps are OK with the environment…
... chances are you already have it too… LOL

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#12 posted 01-07-2012 07:35 AM

Simple Green works quickly and is ‘non-toxic, biodegradable.’ It’s an effective stain per-treat on many fabrics too.

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 07:58 AM

I’ve used washing soda and goof off they both work very well.

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#14 posted 01-07-2012 08:00 AM

1+ for simple green purple. Cleans blades very easily and will not degrade carbide like regular simple green. $15 at home depot will get you a concentrated gallon that will lasts you years.

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#15 posted 01-07-2012 09:03 AM

Really, how does simple green degrade carbide, do any of the other suggestions also degrade carbide.

-- jbander

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