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02-23-2012 01:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw cleaning

I have a bunch of old dirty blades to clean and I’m just wondering what my options are for cleaning solutions.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 01:56 PM

Soak them in Simple Green(caution some people say this effects the carbide) Trend Products makes a very good cleaner, CMT same. Probably whatever your local supplier has will work just fine. A brass bristle brush will help.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 02:11 PM

Bondo—Some will suggest oven cleaner … don’t do it. The oven cleaners you find on the shelf at the local super market have corrosive agents that can weaken the welds on the carbide tips. My neighbor used to use Easy Off, which is probably how he wound up with a 78-tooth blade (2 teeth went missing).


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#3 posted 02-23-2012 02:16 PM

We always used lacquer thinner and a scotch brite when I was working in cabinet shops.


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#4 posted 02-23-2012 02:20 PM

Dawn dish washing liquid and a tooth brush, after soaking less than 5min. They come out perfect, so I still have my can of “professional” blade cleaner sitting on the shelf. That stuff hurt my lungs and hands as well. IMO, most of these “specific blade cleaners” were/are an unneeded market niche created for the unknowing. But then again, that is just my 2-cents…

BTW, I do like using Dricote blade lubricant. Works well on blades AND drill bits.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 02:47 PM

I’ve used dish washing soap or 409. Like the 409 because the sprayer is handy and There’s really no need to rinse after cleaning. Brass brush for stubborn stuff and a clean rag to clean off the mess.
I found a blade lube stick at Rockler that seems to keep the blade cleaner, too. Dunno, it just seems like it does.
I’ve used dry Coat, too. When I ran out I bought the stick. I think both work well.

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 04:02 PM

I once read a very good article on the oven cleaner / carbide brasing myth. I wish I still had a link. Basically, the meat was unless you soak your blades in oven cleaner for months at a time, there is no detrimental effect.

I spray mine with oven cleaner on both sides, and then attack it with an old toothbrush. Total scrubbing takes less than 5 minutes, and then I rinse it off in the sink.

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 04:04 PM

Simple Green Pro (purple) available at Home Depot.

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 04:34 PM

Dawn and warm water… And a brass cleaning brush. I have used lacquer thinner in the past, but then you have to get rid of the thinner… But it does work well!

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#9 posted 02-23-2012 04:50 PM

I don’t really see a need to clean my blades. I cut oak, maple, walnut and poplar. My blades all appear to be clean and work fine.
I cut pine maybe once or twice a year and very little of that. ..

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 05:10 PM

There is most definitely a need.

Whatever spray degreaser you have around the house should work just fine….409, Fantastic, Goo Gone, Greased Lightning, LA’s Totally Awesome. Spray it on, brush the teeth, rinse and dry…done in 3 or 4 minutes. Oven cleaner is messier and more caustic, and can cause coatings to come off…there are some many other methods that work, I don’t bother with it anymore.

The important thing is to clean them, regardless of what you use. A dirty blade will perform like a dull blade, and will actually cause dulling from the excess heat.

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#11 posted 02-23-2012 05:12 PM

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 05:59 PM

Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA (not baking soda) if ya can find it. Simple Green otherwise.


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#13 posted 02-23-2012 06:36 PM

Bill, Washing soda is sodium carbonate and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. You can make sodium carbonate by heating baking soda in a 305°F oven for about a half hour.

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#14 posted 02-23-2012 10:15 PM

Ok, I just cleaned my blades using what I had on hand, dish liquid and little ammonia. A little scrubbing w/ toothbrush and they cleaned up nicely thanks for the tips everyone.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 02-24-2012 03:12 AM

Diluted Ammonia soak?


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