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Forum topic by steve6678 posted 11-03-2012 04:25 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2012 04:25 AM

I’ve BEEN cutting a lot of Hard maple & Cherry wood lately and my T saw blade has been gumming up something awefull.
I have saw and bit cleaner from Grizzly. It works great. Better than oven cleaner. The gunk is gone in seconds.
The Table Saw blade is gleaming.
I notice a major difference when the blade is clean, believe me it makes a difference.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!


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#1 posted 11-08-2012 05:02 AM

Thanks for the tip, I’m going to order some. It’s about time I cleaned my saw blade

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 10:11 AM

Thanks for the reminder.
I think it’s been close to 6 months or more since I cleaned mine. X-p

I use the rockler blade and bit cleaner I bought some years back.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 12:04 PM

If I’m doing a lot of cutting, I’ll clean them daily, or even multiple times during the day. With some woods and some blades, the pitch can build up in a few cuts and increase burning.

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

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 01:31 PM

I’m in the habit of spritzing saw blades every time they come off the saw, and router bits after every use.

The cleaning stuff is kept handy. It’s a solvent in a spray bottle, toothbrush, five gallon bucket lid for blades, and a recycled pill bottle and yogurt cup for router bits. The bits get the bearings lubed, and both get a spritz of DriCote before they go back in the drawer or on the saw.

This way, I never actually allocate “blade cleaning” time, as they’re always clean. While I’m using my dado or specialty blade, the blade is cleaning itself. My personal favorite cleaner, after about trying about 20 different formulas, is the CMT orange stuff.

I know everyone always says “old toothbrush” for stuff like this, but I have no problem buying a cheap new one… ;^)

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 01:43 PM

Ever try your wife’s toothbrush when you’re mad at her? ;-)

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 03:03 PM

Not for cleaning blades… ;^)

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 03:51 PM

i use my old toothbrushes

-- Joel

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 05:53 PM

I use the brass brush from one of those sets of three (nylon, brass and stainless bristles) when cleaning.
I use toothbrushes for applying paste wax to tablesaw gears when I lube them up. The $1 store sells a pack of 8 in a small can.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 11-08-2012 08:58 PM

I do the same as Barry. Every time they come off the saw they get cleaned before they go back in the blade rack. A quick spray and scrub, wipe dry with a rag, compressed air to get what the rag missed, then back in storage.

I hate cleaning my cross cut blades. That always results in some band-aids.

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#10 posted 11-08-2012 10:13 PM

Nice tip you have there. What blade are you using?

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 10:27 PM

Top-cote makes a blade dressing. I have found that it works very well at keeping the blade clean in the first place. I am in the habit of spraying it every time the blade runs down. It even keeps things reasonable through I large load of air dry cedar.
http://www.bostik-us.com/sites/default/files/DriCote.pdf

-- Who is John Galt?

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#12 posted 11-08-2012 10:57 PM

I just use the simple old Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA as a cleaner. Soak for a couple minutes, swish off with a stiff brush, done.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#13 posted 11-08-2012 11:52 PM

joeyinsouthaustin, every time I got to woodcraft I pick up that can, think for a minute, then and put it back. It really works well? It notes it will not affect any finishes or glue. have you found that to actually be the case?

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#14 posted 11-09-2012 12:00 AM

Hey Steve, saw you post and I use Simple Green to clean my blades and bits works great. I bought some in a spray bottle and squirt the entire blade let it sit a few minutes then clean with a stiff plastic or wire type tooth brush. Hope this helps. Doug

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#15 posted 11-09-2012 01:31 PM

lumberjoe

I have found all of their claims to be the case, and in an industrial setting. I noticed my sharpen times doubled with consistent use, barring abuse. I spray the ts blades each time they are taken off (several times a day in this shop) and all other bits and blades as well.
And no, I don’t work for the company.

In the case some build up happens, like the a fore mentioned cedar, it wipes off with a cotton shop rag, no other sprays needed. Try it and see, is what I would recommend.

-- Who is John Galt?

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