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Thread: Wash Your Blade!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario

    Wash Your Blade!!

    I was cutting some thick stuff yesterday -- some glued up elm and beech scraps. Not sure which one was the culprit but boy the tablesaw blade started cutting slower and even smoking a bit.

    Today I dismounted it and gave it a bath in this resin remover stuff from LVT ... pour it on full strength and scrub at it with an old toothbrush. Then rinse it with water and dry it carefully. The end result is a sharp clean blade. I've owned and used this for the past few years and I'm amazed every time.

    I'm just totally impressed with this stuff.

    Clean your blades! Maybe they aren't so dull after all!
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Works on router bits as well. Also much cheaper than sending out for sharpening, or worse, screwing up the cutter by trying to do it myself.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Great tip! Might be time to do a little maintenance on all the machines.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Wapakoneta, OH
    I've often wondered about that stuff, I may have to put it on my LV list and get a bottle, especially for my router bits.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    I use Lestoil® to clean mine. I mix it about 2:1 with water, and put the blade(s) in a plastic pie carrier from Wally World, cover them with the Lestoil mix and then scrub after a fifteen or so minute soak. Sparklin' clean blades!
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    +1 on clean cutters. I still use L.A. Awesome from the dollar store. Squirt it on, wait a few minutes and gently scrub with a plastic bristle brush, rinse and dry. Its on the approved list of cleaners that don't foul your brazing like Easy-Off and Simple Green. Everybody has a favorite. The important thing is to use it.
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    - Arthur C. Clarke

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I also use the L A Awesome. I wonder where I learned about it?

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    believe it or not I have found commandeering the kitchen sink, filling it with straight hot water from the tap and letting the blade sit in it (kept up by an overturned pie plate) for several minutes is most often sufficient for releasing the pitch and gum deposits. then a quick scrub with a stiff brush and its good to go
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