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12-18-2013 10:29 PM

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Hey team,
What advice do you have for a “home remedy” for table/chop saw blade cleaning? I’m in a small home hobbyist shop, but need to clean a couple of saw blades. Is there a good home remedy, or am I better off to buy a product from CMT or other retailers? I really just want the best results.

The blades are carbide tipped – and I guess I’d also use it for router biits in the future.


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 10:35 PM

Soak in hot water with detergent. Scrub with a stiff
bristle brush.

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 10:36 PM

Sinple green works well..

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 10:48 PM

409, Fantastic, Greased Lightning, LA’s Totally Awesome, etc…..most home degreasing sprays work pretty well. I just spray it on, scrub with a brass or stiff bristle nylon brush. 3-4 minutes from start to finish.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 10:55 PM

I use pure amonia ,it remove everything

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 11:07 PM

i had some purple cleaner (the degreaser stuff) and it takes it off with no problems and no elbow grease either. just a paper towel and it wipes right off

-- David Henley

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 11:15 PM

I use Lestoil. Can be picked up in the cleaning supplies at most stores. I started using it after reading answers to this question on another forum several years ago and really like it better that anything else I have used over the years. I have a bottom cut off of a 5 gal. bucket. About 1 1/2” sides. Pour enough Lestoil in to cover the blade, let it soak a few minutes, do a little cleaning with a small brass wire bush, rinse with hot water and dry with a towel. Pour the Lestoil in a bottle for reuse. Lasts a long time.

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 11:35 PM

Simple Green Pro HD (the purple stuff) is generally what I use. A little goes a long way, and it’s pretty cheap (~$12 for a gallon IIRC). That gallon bottle lasts forever, and I use the stuff around the house as well.

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#8 posted 12-18-2013 11:39 PM

We used oven cleaner when I worked at the cabinet shop but I use CMT at home for my blades and router bits. It doesn’t have that awful smell of oven cleaner.

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 11:44 PM

Simple green pro (purple) is safe to soak carbide tipped blades (many similar cleaners can leach carbide from the blade if soaked for a prolonged period). It cleans them very quickly, and is available by the gallon concentrate at Home Depot. Thin it by 50% or more with water.

Whatever solution you use, a brass bristle brush will be helpful.

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 12:49 AM

I used lestoil, my grandfather was using it to clean up some of his tools. I always loved the smell and it seems to work fine for me. Soft brass wire brush. Same method as PaulDoug.

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 12:50 AM

There has been a rumor going around for a long time that using such things as oven cleaner can leach carbide. It is not so. A blade mfg ran a test and could find no such leaching of the carbide.

However, oven cleaner is dangerous if you get it on your skin or body. One of the other cleaners maybe safer with respect to getting it on yourself.

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#12 posted 12-19-2013 01:36 AM

I have used WD40 with good results. I put a paper towel under it, spray it, cover it with another paper towel, let it stand and then brush with a brass brush. It is a messy process. I have a large band saw with carbide teeth and cleaning it has always been a pain to take it off and then clean it etc.. I had a can of denatured alcohol which is an excellent solvent, so I grabbed a paper towel, splashed on some alcohol and rubbed it on the teeth, I spun the blade backwards on the saw with the towel held on the teeth, and all the pine pitch and gunk was gone. I will use it on my other saw blades rather than WD40.

-- Curt Drahn

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#13 posted 12-19-2013 01:38 AM

I’ll throw something out from the metal detecting hobby…hot hydrogen peroxide. Dig up a bronze indian head penny that’s been buried in the ground for 130 years, soak it in hot hydrogen peroxide for a few hours and what seemed like rock hard crusted crud will wipe right off. Never tried it on steel or carbide.

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#14 posted 12-19-2013 02:58 PM

WOW! Thanks for the outpouring (pun intended) of experience and knowledge.
Summary of stuff that’ll work:
Simple Green
Purple cleanser
Denatured Alcohol

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#15 posted 12-19-2013 03:16 PM

BigMig,add another “tested & true” item to the list :SO CLEAN Washing soda,a couple of teaspoon in a pint of warm water and watch how it cleans .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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