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Back in March (and I really had to think about this) I was cutting out some parts to build a client a piece of furniture. The blade became pretty dull, so I switched blades. I took the dull blade off, and put it in a vat of cleaning solution, along with a little brass brush. Put the new blade on, and went back to cutting out more parts.
I used that blade up until yeasterday, when it was time to change again….I looked for the other blade, and then I remembered…..!!!!!!! Opened the lid, and there it was…...severely rusted and pitted where the brush had laid on it for 5 months…..I was so PO'd….I cleaned it up as best I could, and got nearly all the rust off, but I'm afraid to use it, it is pitted pretty bad…....Luckly it's not pitted all the way through, and only on one side…..So….I'm gonna see if I can send it back to the manufactor and get it re-worked…..If not, I'll bite the bullet, and get a new one…..Stupid mistake, and I hope none of you ever make the same mistake I did…....Just an FYI…....
 

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Not this one but I'm sure I will do something as equally stupid one day in the shop.
 

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That's why they are called "mistakes". They are really not all that stupid. They should be called "damned expensive learning experiences" I feel your pain, having stepped in it in countless other ways.
 

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Hmm.
I did something like that about 4 years ago.
Pitting, rust, rough edges, etc.
My blade was an Oslin, and I could really find no damage. I used a Freud blade for about a year but I wan't happy with it so I pulled out the Oshlund, again and even with the pits cuts better than the Freud Diablo ever did.

I took a chance, stood to the side and let 'er rip.

Good luck.
 

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@Woodbum: Yea…maybe not stupid afterall…...like more forgetful….Had too many things going I needed to work on…..

@Dallas: Makes me a little leary to think about using this one, and I hate not having it yo use….It's a Forrest WWII Thin Kerf, and one I use all the time….Maybe it can be fixed…..I've still got the sleeve they come in, so I'll check on it to see…...

@Rick M: The outer edges where the carbide tips are are ok…..They weren't touched at all…The pitting is near the center hole where the arbor goes…That's what worries me about using it….Don't need any steel or carbide in my face….It looks bad enough without metal being in it…..
 

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R,Dennington,I would get that balde out of my my sight right away,the sooner you do that the sooner you forget about it,I wouldn't even bother sending it to the manufacturer,you know their answer already.you are just prolonging your agony.
 

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Yep….Pretty good advice from all of you…..I've been thinking about it, and decided to s.c. the blade..It is not worth taking the risk, even if they said it could be fixed, which wouldn't be free either, in my mind…..Hey Joe…..good idea on turning it into a clock, since my old Skilsaw clock crapped out on me…...It's hid away now, so I don't need a reminder of what could happen…....
 

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A good saw sharpening shop will give you an experienced answer as to whether the saw blade is rehabable or not. They got more liability concerns than anyone here and a heck of a lot more experience to boot. If they say "no" it don't likely cost a thing!

OTOH toss it out if you want to. I wouldn't.

Eric
 

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@realcowtown: I plan to call them just to see what they say, and even send them a pix of it to see if it can be saved…I haven't tossed it yet…Just out of sight for now…..

@gfadvm: It was the saw blade cleaner that Rockler sells….I've been using it for years….Good stuff….I bought the "kit" which has the big tub, cleaner, and little wire brush….Don't know if they still sell it or not…..
 

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I would take the blade to a saw sharpening shop to get their opinion if it is truly ruined. If it was that good of a blade, the carbide might not be affected.

I don't know what the solution was but I find that spraying blades with oven cleaner both sides, let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes and use a brush and water to clean them like new. Works for router bits too- take the bearing off first!!
 

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gfad, the culprit is the brass brush. The brass and the steel actually corrode each other due to their difference in galvanic potential. In general, any dissimilar metals will corrode if they are in contact with one another.
 

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Hey Charles…..If that would of been the only mistake I've made in the shop, I'd be in pretty good shape…..Alas, it's not, and I've made my shared of them, after doing this for 30 years…..I guess we just live and learn…..If we didn't make them, then they wouldn't be mistakes…..right..?
 
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