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Forum topic by andyboy posted 07-29-2009 04:22 AM 4901 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2009 04:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Yesterday I wrote a handout to give my class on selecting saw blades and while doing a little research stumbled accross a tip i believe you will find very handy as I have.
When cutting timber loaded with resin or when your blade is loaded with resin that is very difficult to remove, get hold of a can of oven cleaner and under 5 minutes you can wipe off the resin with ease. I used Easy Off Heavy duty.
Don’t get the cleaner on alloy or galv as it might eat it. You need gloves[ I read afterwards] and it gives off some nasty fumes, so wear a mask or have good ventalation.
Happy degumming!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.


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#1 posted 07-29-2009 04:27 AM

nice

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 04:29 AM

We’ve suggested that to customers for many years and it’s a heck of a lot less money that some of these “pitch & gum removers” that are pretty much oven cleaner with a floral scent. Spray oven cleaner on the blades…go to lunch…remove oven cleaner when you return.

To many folks try and turn in a blade for sharpening that they think is dull but just has pitch buid-up. Clean it and keep cutting!

Right on andyboy.

-- http://www.federalsaw.com

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#3 posted 07-29-2009 04:31 AM

If it damages alloys, how can you be sure your blades aren’t made of one of them?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 04:40 AM

Thanks for the tip.

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#5 posted 07-29-2009 04:42 AM

Hey guys, one of my student’s is an air craft mechanic and she wondered if it might even wreck the steel. She also agreed however, as long as the cleaner is neutralised with water and maybe lightly oiled, it would be sweet.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 05:02 AM

Simple Green is earth friendly and works VERY well.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 05:02 AM

The bottom line is clean the blade and get it off, eh?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 05:10 AM

goof off works well too

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 05:34 AM

I have used both Simple Green and EasyOff Oven Cleaner. Just depends if I want to walk to the laundry room or to the kitchen to get the cleaner!

I must say that EasyOff does a better job on that really heavy buildup. I bought a couple of 10” blades at a garage sale once because they were so cheap. Very heavy buildup. After an overnight soak, they looked almost brand new!

Routine cleaning gets the Simple Green. Works very well.

As a hint, go to the dollar store and buy a metal pizza pan, the kind with the lip that’s about a half inch deep. I have one that’s 11 inches in diameter. Ten inch blades fit perfect. That way you can put a couple washers in the pan (I superglued mine in – it keeps anybody from thinking about using the pan to make pizza! ) that will hold the blade off the pan’s bottom. Pour in enough Simple Green or EasyOff to cover the blade and let it soak. (I also spray painted the outside of the pan RED in case they missed the washers!)

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 01:34 PM

strong black coffee works to.

ive heard oven cleaner is not a very good idea to use

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#11 posted 07-29-2009 01:55 PM

I think i have also heard about certain types of cleaners which might loosen the bond between the blade and the carbide on the teeth

not sure but…

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#12 posted 07-29-2009 04:30 PM

Thanks for the tips guys.

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 05:43 PM

Does it work on coated blades too or would it damage the coating? I use easy-off quite a bit to strip paint from plastic models and it removes acrylic/enamels/chrome plating very well. Not sure how much that will strip my freud blade’s chrome.

-- Ed

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#14 posted 07-29-2009 05:49 PM

I’ve had good success cleaning blades with several methods, but I consider oven cleaner to be among the harshest and messiest…it works but no better than many other methods. IIRC, Freud warns against oven cleaners, and long term soaking in Simple Green due to possible damage to the binders.

Instead, I’d try 409, kerosene, Greased Lightning, LA’s Totally Awesome, Fantastic, Goo Gone, and even Windex….whatever you have available in the house. I spray, hit the blade with a toothbrush, rinse and wipe…it’s literally a 3-4 minute process. The important thing is to clean them often.

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#15 posted 07-29-2009 06:16 PM

just whatever you do, DO NOT mix household cleaners! and never ever EVER mix bleach with ANYTHING!

bleach + ammonia (as found in windex) = chloramine gas
bleach + acids (vinegar, some rust removal products, toilet bowl cleaners) = chlorine gas

Chlorine gas and water combine to make hydrochloric and hypochlorous acids.

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