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Forum topic by Woodwds posted 06-30-2012 01:34 AM 920 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2012 01:34 AM

Just a general survey about blade cleaning. How many woodworkers clean their saw blades regularly?

-- Harold

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 01:36 AM

I definitely clean them regulary….it’s the best way to extend the edge life of your blades, and it makes a significant difference in performance.

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 02:14 AM

Simple Green – the purple kind – works great and available at Home depot

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 02:29 AM

Define regularly. I clean when they look dirty…

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 02:55 AM

I clean my saw blades often with Simple Green and clean my router bits after every use with bug and tar remover from the auto parts store.

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 03:46 AM

I clean ‘em and then use carbide lubricate. It slows down on pitch buildup and helps the cutter run cooler.

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

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 03:59 AM

I rarely clean the table saw blade or the band saw blade,,,but clean the router bits, and shaper cutters after every use. Is that strange or what. Tomorrow or maybe the day after I’ll get after those blades….

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 05:02 AM

Depends a lot of what I am cutting. Some woods, eg many softwoods, require frequent blade cleaning to remove crap from the blade. Cutting green wood gucks up blades quickly too.

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