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    tablesaw, crosscut mitre saw blades cleaning

    I have a few old blades I only use to cut scraps, but last week I cleaned the gunk out of the sharp edges carefully, and they seem to be working much better, I actually cut white oak yesterday with a very used old blade and noticed no burn marks at all. 4o tooth combo blade. I used bug and tar remover, the blades were just coated with guck from pressure treated, ipe, and it seems it all cleaned out nicely. The bug and tar stuff is what I use on my car..

    Can I use some kind of chemical cleaner on my blades that have coatings on them?
    The red ones from freud, the freud avanti has some other kind of coating.
    Will a little gasoline or bug and tar remover damage the blade or its integrity?

    I really never thought a clean blade would make a big difference, but I believe it improved things a bit, and I want to clean all my blades, they are all very well used.

    does freud or one of the other blade companies make cleaners?

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    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.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 06-24-2009 at 03:15 AM.
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    I have simple green < i use it to clean all my outdoor plastic stuff and the canopies. Ill give it a whirl.

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    So, Simple Green cleans inside and out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott spencer View Post
    So, Simple Green cleans inside and out...
    From the rooter to the tooter.
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    I've found that Formula 409 and a stiff fingernail brush work quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    I've found that Formula 409 and a stiff fingernail brush work quite well.
    Reading your post after reading the three posts above it in regards to the High Colonic attributes of Simple Green made me laugh out loud!
    A "stiff fingernail brush" indeed!
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 06-24-2009 at 06:36 PM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    From the rooter to the tooter.
    ...oh that's priceless! "Chuckle of the day" for sure!

    Seriously, like Rennie, I've had good luck with 409 too. Plus, LA's Totally Awesome, Greased Lightning, Goo Gone, Simple Green, Fantastic, etc...I just grab whatever degreasing cleaner is in the closet, spray it on, hit with my wife's toothbrush (), and rinse!
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    What a laugh..the simple green that is.

    Allen I have used this product from Lee Valley. works really well.

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...=1,41080,51225
    cheers

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    I had to move 80 bf of wood to get to the simple green behind it.
    I took out my freud red blade, the glue line ripper I bought, and ofcourse, I dropped the blade, so that was enough cleaning for me today.

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