I have found Simple Green to be an effective blade cleaner and cheaper than the dedicated products. Get an oil drain pan from your local auto parts store and soak the blades in the cleaner. You can use a tooth brush or other nylon bristle brush to scrub off the pitch that doesn't come off the blades. You can also use it on router bits, jointer/planer knives and shaper cutters. If you are going to use this as your dedicated blade cleaner you can pour the used Simple Green back into the jug to reuse.
A funny story about the product - when the Air Force was looking for a biodegradable/non-toxic cleaner, the president of Simple Green took his product to them, showed them what a great job it did and then added a finale to his demonstration. He took some swigs from the bottle and finished off his spiel. Now technically he knew it was non-toxic, when it was all over he got to a phone and called his technical team to ask if he should check himself into a hospital. They told to get back to his hotel as he was about to have a memorable evening sitting out his bravado on the toilet. He made the sale.
Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 06-24-2009 at 03:15 AM.
Whittier, CA, USA
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