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Forum topic by SC_Galoot posted 10-15-2007 07:01 PM 68596 views 6 times favorited 74 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2007 07:01 PM

I desparately need to clean my ts blade. I’m looking for some old time “home remedies” which use ingredients that I might have lying around the house and didn’t know about. I know I can go out and buy Rockler’s Pitch and Resis Remover and have heard many positive recommendations for it. But, barring that or any of the other commercial products, what else could I use? Perhaps mineral spirits or maybe turpentine? What about rubbing alcohol? Would these hurt the blade or the carbide tips?

Thanks for your ideas.

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 09:46 PM

If you are close to a Woodcraft Supply, they sell a very good product for cleaning blades. I bought a gallon of it several years ago and still have some. Of course you could order it online if there isn’t one nearby.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 10:01 PM

The closest Woodcraft to me is in Charleston – about 2 hours away. There is a WoodZone and Rockler outlet in town that I can easily buy cleaner at. However, I’m trying to avoid spending any money unless absolutely neccessary. I’m interested in ways of cleaning the blade using everyday household items. Any ideas would be welcome.

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 12:42 AM

Hi Galoot -

If you’re looking for household cleaners, I’ve used Goop and a clean rag. Seems to take most of the tar and stuff off the blade, and I don’t think there’s anything in there that can hurt the blade or the tips.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 12:44 AM

Mineral spirits or turpentine, depending on what is gooping your blade… I’ve had great results with both. It also works for router bits.

-- Dekker -

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 12:55 AM

I have feard of people using oven cleaner,be sure your outside spray it on wait a couple of minutes,then with a scrubbing brush when all is clean just rinse it off with water and dry the blade. Hope this helps.

-- dave montreal

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 04:23 AM

Just a heads up Dan, don’t use a degreaser. Most all degreasers (oven cleaner for example) contain a chemical that can break down the bonding of the carbide teeth. Something about carbide teeth flying through my shop gives me the willies. I believe it was Marc Spag that suggested using “little green” cleaning solution. We have it on hand for our little spot carpet cleaner. Soak the blade, and then brush off the resin. It can be reused many times. I also have a couple store bought preventative products I purchased locally. Mann Tool has a 3-pack of Boeshield products for about $30. It contains a preventative spray, a rust removal spray, and a blade and bit cleaner. Since you’re shops aobut 100’ from mine, feel free to borrow some little green if you want to test it before buying. Go to the WoodWhisperer site and watch the most recent podcast. Can’t remember the title. It’s the one in which Marc is doing maintanence after a project. He goes through the cleaning process. Video is worth many words!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 04:28 AM

I did a forum on this about a month ago. Go read it. I used Acetone and a soft brass wire brush…Was very pleased with the results.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#8 posted 10-16-2007 04:38 AM

I thought I remember someone using citric acid to clean rust and I thought they also said it cleaned the blade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 10-16-2007 05:03 AM

I used citric acid to clean plane blades and bodies. Not tried it on saw blades.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 10-16-2007 12:40 PM

SC, I see you have a lot of choices but of all of the things I have tried, good old 409, a cheap rimmed baking sheet, and a brass brush work every time. I soak the TS blade in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, bush, dry, and it is ready to go.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#11 posted 10-19-2007 11:58 PM

Been using oven cleaner for years. Still have all my teeth. Only clean um once a year or so anyway.

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#12 posted 10-20-2007 12:40 AM

I’ve used Simple Green, or any similar cleaners from the “organic” section of the supermarket. Works great with the scrubby side of a sponge.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 10-20-2007 04:51 AM

Simple Green, as Scott mentioned, works very well. I read this on the web about 2 years back (lots of people experimented with it). It is known not to cause any problems with the welding of the carbide teeth to the blade. I used it to clean both table saw blades and router bits and it works really well. I usually scrub with an used toothbrush. I usually do not bother to take the blade down (my father managed to drop a blade on the floor and bend a teeth; since then I clean them in place).

I would personally not bother with a specialized product since Simple Green is so good and is so much more cost effective (and you can use it to clan other things in the house).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#14 posted 10-21-2007 04:42 AM

I’ve used oven cleaner, but it does peel the red coating off Freud blades… won’t do that again.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#15 posted 12-19-2007 01:22 AM


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