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10-15-2014 02:53 PM

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Trying to share some of my newbie experiences, might help someone. Purple Power cleaner/degreaser, available in gallon size from Walmart for less than the bottles of dedicated cleaner sold by woodworking suppliers, works great cleaning resin off blades. Most of the time simply spraying on then wiping off is all that’s needed, if more funky then hit it with a brass bristle brush. I tried one of the citrus cleaners, does not come close.

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 04:11 PM

I had read in some woodworking magazine that detergent works great for cleaning blades. I tried it recently and I am happy with the results.

I Mlmixed some detergent and water in a painters tray (not sure what they are called) and kept the blade sub merged for 20 mins.

You might want to try it on a old blade first.



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#2 posted 10-15-2014 05:24 PM

i use simple green and it works well. i have a tupperware tub that i soak blades in then clean them, then pour the SG back in the bottle (tupperware and SG bottle dedicated to this purpose)

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 05:56 PM

+2 for Simple Green…..Been using it for years…..If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 07:01 PM

Simple Green, Purple Simple Green, and ZEP Purple Degreaser all works great. The Aiken Purple Power seems to be the best price 2.5 Gal for about $12.00, but I have never used it.

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 07:09 PM

Simple Green is great all arond cleaner and I love the smell but it is not cheap so I might have tocheck out the Purple Power when I go to Wally World tommorow.

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 07:42 PM

The Aiken brand is what I use. $5 per gallon or $12 for 2.5 gallons with free ship-to-store on I got a spray bottle a few months ago & it’s already about half gone. I was using the last of a bottle of Simple Green, when it ran out I switched to the last bit of a bottle of Purple Power. Seemed to work about the same.

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 07:50 PM

Interesting that Freud recommend kerosene and is concerned that ingredients in some concoctions might weaken the carbide.

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 08:07 PM

Simple Green techs recommend the purple Simple Green formula for carbide tooling. Soaking blades and bits in the green Simple Green can erode carbide. Wiping them off with it is probably okay.

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 08:49 PM

Here’s a tip..that I use…Common baking soda. just get water (h2o) and heat (not boiling)...and then add the baking soda. then just put bade or whatever in to soak. In a short time just brush with a toothbrush, or brass brush. JUST MAKE SURE ALL IS DRIED OFF!!. Finally, use a hair dryer to get the last bit of moisture gone. Best part of this, is most of us have some in the house, OR, we can always beg borrow or. S——-l from our wives…Just be careful how ya ask them, ya might be in for some dishwashing duty…:S

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#10 posted 10-15-2014 10:16 PM

And ladies and germs…..don’t forget about those ugly, nasty router bits that we all clog up with pitch and gunk…But… sure and remove the bearing before doing so….Put a dollip of oil on the bearing, and you’re good to go…..No matter what brand of cleaner you use, keep ‘em clean….If you don’t let them down, they won’t let you down….That’s my Rickism for the day…..!!!!!!

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 01:47 AM

I use the off brand $2 cans of oven cleaner from dollar general and they work fast and very good. Gotta use it outside because the smell is strong. I don’t use the simple green species anymore

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