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Forum topic by Warren posted 01-23-2012 03:00 PM 989 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2012 03:00 PM

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Whats the best way to clean router bits. Mine have a black resin buildup on them.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 03:25 PM

I use Simple Green with a brass brush It works good for me

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 03:31 PM

Ditto woodman88.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:44 PM

Let them soak in simple green then go really easy with the brass brush or better yet, use an old tooth brush.

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 03:46 PM

Thanks Ya’ll :) Someone told me to use oven cleaner on them an let them soak and just wipe off but wasnt totally sure

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 05:14 PM

It depends on weather they have bearings or not. If it has bearings I clean it by hand, scraping the cutters with a razor blade. I don’t want to be soaking the bearing in anything that may compromise the lubrication.

I’ve used oven cleaner on my large saw blades for many years without a problem. There’s just not that much to clean on a router bit. After cleaning blades or bits I like to use a carbide lubricate so the cutters run cooler and slow down the pitch buildup.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 05:56 PM

For years I’ve used the Rockler Tablesaw and Router bit kit….It consist of a larger blue “tub” with a lid and a riser in the middle to hold the blade off the bottom to get to it better…...also has a small plastic jar for cleaning router bits (just be sure to remove the bearings before soaking).,and it comes with a quart of pitch cleaner and a little brass wire brush … can use it full strength, or dialute it some….It woks good, and is not as messy as some cleaners….About $25-30 bucks from Rockler….the cleaner last a long time, too, cause you can use it over and over several times on several blades…when finished, just put the lid on and forget it….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 06:03 PM

Another vote for the Rockler bit and blade cleaner kit. When it goes on sale, it’s as cheap as a comparable quantity of Simple Green, and you don’t have to worry about it trashing your brazing…

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#8 posted 01-24-2012 05:48 AM

I have soaked my router bits in bug and tar remover in a small jar overnight. I have been doing this for years and never harmed a bearing. I use a brass brush for bad crud but usaally everything wipes off with a rag. I soak all the bits I used that day every day and that way they never get really cruddy. Keeping them that clean seems to make them last longer? Less heat build up?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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