Simple Green has a warning that says it breaks down the brazing compounds that binds the carbide to the steel blade, but I have always used Simple Green and have never had a problem. I am not saying its right, but just letting everyone know they do have a warning regarding it in this application.
Originally Posted by larry merlau
As taken from another forum:
It's no urban legend that easy off can damage blades. The lye in it will attack the brazing holding the carbide teeth onto the blade. Not everyone uses the same method to attach them but Freud specifically says easy off WILL damage their blades. Anyone who has sprayed easy off on certain kinds of metals knows how it can strip off anodization or pit the surface real quick. There are better cleaners out there, its not worth the risk.
Also a word of warning on simple green. Do not leave the blade soaked in it. If you use it, rinse it off immediately. Simple green causes steel, carbide and other metals to go brittle and shatter during extended exposure to it. This comes straight from them
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