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Forum topic by SuburbanDon posted 852 days ago 695 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SuburbanDon

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852 days ago

I have a carbide tipped circular saw blade that seems to be bogging down when I cut just about anything (lately maple). The blade tips seems sharp but I noticed hard gunk on the side of the tips.

Can somebody tell me what would be the best solvent I could use ? Money is an issue so I can’t send away for special saw blade cleaner. Thanks.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---


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FreshSawDust

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#1 posted 852 days ago

Warm water with dishsoap and an old toothbrush works well for me.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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hunnypot

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#2 posted 852 days ago

Try an oven cleaner like Easy Off

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syenefarmer

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#3 posted 852 days ago

Simple Green, 409, Goof-Off, etc. will work.

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 852 days ago

Kerosene will dissolve the crude and you can wipe it off with a rag. It’s likely sap from cutting pine. Kerosene works great for cleaning a lot of things around the shop and it can be reused if you just pour it back into a metal container. All the sediment just drops out of it when it sits.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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bruc101

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#5 posted 852 days ago

I go with hunnypot, we’ve been cleaning our saw blades for years with Easy Off oven cleaner. Let it sit for a little while and if it’s really bad we go over it with a tooth brush and then wash it off with water…usually a water hose.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 852 days ago

Hunnypot. Oven cleaner contains acids that will deteriorate the weld of the carbide to the steel. I wouldn’t use it to clean blades.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 852 days ago

Simple Green and a brush. Ain’t puttin’ any oven cleaner on my high priced blades.
Spray it on, wait a couple minutes, brush it off, rinse in warm water, dry,and USE it.
Cheap and easy. What’s not to like? Doesn’t smell bad and bio friendly.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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knotscott

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#8 posted 852 days ago

You’ll find dozens of blade cleaning discussions here if you search.

Just about any household spray cleaner works well….409, LA’s Totally Awesome, Fantastic, Greased Lightning, Goo Gone, etc. Spray it on, hit it with a brass or nylon brush, rinse, wipe…done in minutes. No need to buy aftermarket sprays. I’d also advise against oven cleaner…it’s caustic, messy, can remove lettering from your blades, and doesn’t work any better than something like 409. If the build up is really bad, Freud suggests a kerosene soak b/c it’s pH neutral.

Whichever method you choose, the important thing is to do it…dirty blades perform like dull blades, and the excess heat actually causes dulling. Clean blades perform better longer.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Marlow

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#9 posted 852 days ago

CMT Bit/Blade Cleaner: works great.

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SuburbanDon

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#10 posted 852 days ago

Thanks for the info. I ended soaking the blade in paint thinner which probably didn’t help much. Then I used squared off popsicle sticks to get the gunk off (60 teeth, four surfaces each). It took about 15 minutes. There was a lot of crud. I then found that alcohol was pretty good for getting the residue of of the blade body itself.

Moral of the story: Clean the blade more often, avoid pine, find something to soak it in that will do most of the work.

Oh yeah and I can bare witness to the fact that those tips are still sharp !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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johnintecumseh

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#11 posted 852 days ago

Don the best for cleaning blades is Borax ,or similar, in warm water . let soak then use a toothbrush . after drying use Bostitch blue spray . you’l be good for a while. keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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Bill White

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#12 posted 852 days ago

Yep! The borax is good too. I used to be able to find Arm & Hammer Washing Soda which is what I used for a long time. Now find it hard to locate.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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