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    Dado Set Cleaning Tips

    My dad gave me his old Delta dado set last time I was over. I had told him I was looking to buy one with some xmas money I received. He told me he had 2 and never really uses either so I could have one. He prefaced it with, "It's dirty, probably not sharp, but should all be there." I was happy to have it! Couple nights ago I went out in the cold shop to try and clean it up. I was armed with WD40, a wire brush and a scrub pad. The WD40 worked ok until the tip froze up. I went back into the warm house after that.

    So long winded story made short...what do you guys use to clean up and old blade like this?
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    I spray on router bit cleaner on both sides. Let sit for two or three minutes. Rinse off and dry thoroughly. May need soft brush to get stuff out of tight places. Others have suggested that Simple Green works as well. Same procedure, though Simple Green may need a longer soak. I use the cover of a plastic 5 gallon bucket as a container. Just spray liberally, flip, and repeat.
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    Yeah, I don't see any carbide on those, so just some simple green should do the trick, though I'm not sure what to use for the rust stains.
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    Thanks for the tips, very much appreciated!
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    Also use Lestoil as this was recommended here on FWW. It works well on carbide toothed blades as well. I tried Simple Green & it worked well too, but was advised that it had negative affects on carbide (???). So, rather than chance a problem, I went back to Lestoil. I use the lid from a 5 gal bucket (suggested by Bob) to place the saw blade in & rest in the Lestoil for a few minutes. Then rinse in hot water with a soft brush. I usually do several blades at a time (one at a time to avoid damage to the carbide teeth) reusing the same Lestoil in the lid. Works well. Try it, you'll like it!
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    +1 on Lestoil. One of the great tips I've learned here.
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    I guess I'll stop and get some Lestoil, I didn't realize that it was a household cleaner, never heard of it before.
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    Don't use anything. Use the Christmas money and go buy a nice carbide tipped dado set. Just my 2 cents.
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    The original Simple Green could attack metal (the carbide brazing), and was not allowed for anything on aircraft, since a spill could get into the airframe. The second version was called "Simple Green Extreme" which, despite the name, was milder, and safe on metals - saw blades and aircraft. The extreme version went away several years ago, and just has the "Simple Green" name, but it is not the original over-aggressive version.

    I use Simple Green as our primary household cleaner (dilute in spray bottles, etc.). It is one of the options I use to clean blades and router bits, although in a higher concentration than the spray bottle that we use all over the house.
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