I Ruined a $ 114 saw blade......!!!

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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 08-06-2014 07:09 PM 2661 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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08-06-2014 07:09 PM

Back in March (and I really had to think about this) I was cutting out some parts to build a client a piece of furniture. The blade became pretty dull, so I switched blades. I took the dull blade off, and put it in a vat of cleaning solution, along with a little brass brush. Put the new blade on, and went back to cutting out more parts.
I used that blade up until yeasterday, when it was time to change again….I looked for the other blade, and then I remembered…..!!!!!!! Opened the lid, and there it was…...severely rusted and pitted where the brush had laid on it for 5 months…..I was so PO’d….I cleaned it up as best I could, and got nearly all the rust off, but I’m afraid to use it, it is pitted pretty bad…....Luckly it’s not pitted all the way through, and only on one side…..So….I’m gonna see if I can send it back to the manufactor and get it re-worked…..If not, I’ll bite the bullet, and get a new one…..Stupid mistake, and I hope none of you ever make the same mistake I did…....Just an FYI…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 07:27 PM

Not this one but I’m sure I will do something as equally stupid one day in the shop.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 07:32 PM

That’s why they are called “mistakes”. They are really not all that stupid. They should be called “damned expensive learning experiences” I feel your pain, having stepped in it in countless other ways.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 07:44 PM

I did something like that about 4 years ago.
Pitting, rust, rough edges, etc.
My blade was an Oslin, and I could really find no damage. I used a Freud blade for about a year but I wan’t happy with it so I pulled out the Oshlund, again and even with the pits cuts better than the Freud Diablo ever did.

I took a chance, stood to the side and let ‘er rip.

Good luck.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 09:49 PM

I would worry about the carbide joints being weakened and catching a piece of carbide in the face.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 09:59 PM

@Woodbum: Yea…maybe not stupid afterall… more forgetful….Had too many things going I needed to work on…..

@Dallas: Makes me a little leary to think about using this one, and I hate not having it yo use….It’s a Forrest WWII Thin Kerf, and one I use all the time….Maybe it can be fixed…..I’ve still got the sleeve they come in, so I’ll check on it to see…...

@Rick M: The outer edges where the carbide tips are are ok…..They weren’t touched at all…The pitting is near the center hole where the arbor goes…That’s what worries me about using it….Don’t need any steel or carbide in my face….It looks bad enough without metal being in it…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 10:35 PM

R,Dennington,I would get that balde out of my my sight right away,the sooner you do that the sooner you forget about it,I wouldn’t even bother sending it to the manufacturer,you know their answer are just prolonging your agony.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 10:41 PM

$114 in the dumpster vs your life. You deside which is more important.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 12:05 AM

Hey, Arkie buddy – you could always buy a clock movement and turn it into a time piece. ;)

-- Joe

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 12:39 AM

I would hang it on the door you use to leave your shop as a reminder to go over in your head if you forgot something.

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 01:29 AM

Yep….Pretty good advice from all of you…..I’ve been thinking about it, and decided to s.c. the blade..It is not worth taking the risk, even if they said it could be fixed, which wouldn’t be free either, in my mind…..Hey Joe…..good idea on turning it into a clock, since my old Skilsaw clock crapped out on me…...It’s hid away now, so I don’t need a reminder of what could happen…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 02:04 AM

A good saw sharpening shop will give you an experienced answer as to whether the saw blade is rehabable or not. They got more liability concerns than anyone here and a heck of a lot more experience to boot. If they say “no” it don’t likely cost a thing!

OTOH toss it out if you want to. I wouldn’t.


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#12 posted 08-07-2014 02:05 AM

Curious as to what “cleaning solution” was involved?

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#13 posted 08-07-2014 02:38 AM

@realcowtown: I plan to call them just to see what they say, and even send them a pix of it to see if it can be saved…I haven’t tossed it yet…Just out of sight for now…..

@gfadvm: It was the saw blade cleaner that Rockler sells….I’ve been using it for years….Good stuff….I bought the “kit” which has the big tub, cleaner, and little wire brush….Don’t know if they still sell it or not…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#14 posted 08-07-2014 03:02 AM

I would take the blade to a saw sharpening shop to get their opinion if it is truly ruined. If it was that good of a blade, the carbide might not be affected.

I don’t know what the solution was but I find that spraying blades with oven cleaner both sides, let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes and use a brush and water to clean them like new. Works for router bits too- take the bearing off first!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 08-07-2014 03:06 AM

Ouch. Sounds like something yours truly would do. Sorry man. If I were you, I would trash the blade. Lots of RPM can do some real damage to things that won’t handle it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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