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MrRon

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11-12-2014 06:53 PM

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After a lot of resawing 2” pine, my blade and the tires are all gummed up with resin. What is the best method to clean them?


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#1 posted 11-12-2014 07:38 PM

Mr.Ron…..I may be a little different from other folks, but I use just plain old isipropal alcohol….I have used acetone also…..Both seem to work good to clean the gummed up- resin on tires…..Others may do something different…I also do the same with the rollers on my planer…...

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 08:10 PM

I usually just remove the blade, bundle it up, and soak it in a mixture of water and simple green. While the blade is off, use the water solution and an old toothbrush to clean the wheels, tires, guides, etc.
Granted, I’ve probably only done this 2-3 times in the past.
Once done, I’m left with a gallon of the solution, so I usually start looking around for other stuff to clean while I’m at it.

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 08:17 PM

I use acetone or lacquer thinner. Seems to work well for me.

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 08:29 PM

Dunno about the best, but I’d try mineral spirits
first on tires, just because they are not too costly and
not that noxious. Kerosine might work well
too.

I clean blades in soapy water.

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 08:35 PM

Uh oh….I missed the part, or overlooked it, to clean the blade….I take it off, fold it up, and put it in solution of Simple Green in the same big tub I clean my saw blades in….Then clean the tires with the other…..

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 08:50 PM

Thank you all.They are really badly gummed up.

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#7 posted 11-12-2014 09:38 PM

I have used oven cleaners and mineral spirits. Brush the tires.

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#8 posted 11-12-2014 11:55 PM

Be sure and keep us posted on the outcome, and what solution you used to clean them and the blade…..

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#9 posted 11-13-2014 05:56 PM

My son was doing all the sawing, so he is going to clean it up. I told him about using alcohol and simple green. As soon as he has it done, I will inspect and get back to you.

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#10 posted 11-13-2014 06:50 PM

Don’t use dangerous chemicals IMHO Axminster tools Uk, do a blade cleaner or you can contact them in the USA it is perfectly harmless to man and beast. you spray it on and leave it for a half hour or so then wipe of all the crud til it’s clean as new.It does work well and is non toxic too.If you have any further trouble I have a bottle and here it is I have used it for donkeys of years it lasts a long time too Alistair

http://www.scosarg.com/cmt-2050-500ml-saw-blade-router-bit-cleaner.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiAypGjBRCPme6jmqu3gZsBEiQA8NAiIJaZ60n9-zHV4-ar0AIZHOxUkv1UrSnOpalB54SIBwgaAmTX8P8HAQ

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#11 posted 11-13-2014 08:16 PM

I have posted this use on my shoo sooooo many times, but here goes again…...
Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA, not baking soda.
Warm water to dissolve the soda, soak the blade(s), brush, rinse, dry, treat with whatever exotic compound you wish (I use WD-40) to get rid of water solution.
Pour the wasted gunk down the drain ‘cause it is a bio-friendly product, and will help clean out the drain as well.
This is not any carbide degenerate product unless you soak a blade for at least 10 years, won’t do anything but clean your fingernails, takes the crap off your diamond rings, and qualifies for a super eco-friendly washing product.
Maybe this needs to be a thread with 10,000 comments/replies. There seems to be as many procedures as there are Jockers. :)
Bill

Bill

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#12 posted 11-13-2014 09:45 PM

Anyone have tried using pine sol on band saw blade?

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#13 posted 11-13-2014 11:33 PM

I bought some blade cleaner from woodcraft and just let them soak for a bit (drawing a blank on the name atm).

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 11-16-2014 04:09 PM


Be sure and keep us posted on the outcome, and what solution you used to clean them and the blade…..

- Rick Dennington


My son cleaned the blade, guides and tires with denatured alcohol and it all took 20 minutes. Everything is as good as new.

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#15 posted 11-16-2014 06:19 PM

Thanks, MrRon…..I figured alcohol would do the trick…Didn’t think about denatured, and I have plenty on hand..That’s what I use to clean brushes up with when I use Shellac…..Thanks for posting…..

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