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Forum topic by woodjunkie posted 09-08-2011 03:24 PM 5634 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2011 03:24 PM

I have been looking in catalogs for cleaning solutions for router bits and saw blades and they are expensive. Does anyone make their own cleaning solutions? What do you use to make it?

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 04:43 PM

If you don’t let the build-up get to far out of hand most any household cleaner will work. I use Simple Green but cleaners like 409, Blue Coral and others will work too.

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 04:52 PM

Careful with the router bits with bearings, though. Don’t allow the cleaner (409, at least) to soak into the bearings. It removes the lubrication and ruins the bearing.

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 04:55 PM

Many household degreaser sprays will work well for a lot less money…no need to buy a specialty solution IMO. One of my favorites is LA’s Totally Awesome….+2 for 409. Spray them on, brush, rinse, and done in a couple of minutes….if you clean them often, soaking isn’t necessary.

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 05:00 PM

I just use window cleaner, either the aerosol can type or windex…

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 05:07 PM

I use the sawblade and router cleaning kit from Rockler. It has everything you need to do the job. It comes with a big plastic heavy-duty tube and lid for sawblades, a small plastic and lid container for router bits, a quart of cleaning solution(you just add water to 1 or 2 parts of the solution, which works really good), and a little wire brush. I’ve had mine for about 2 years now, and it does the job. The cleaning solution lasts a long time. Not costly at all…about $ 20-25, but you’ve got eveything you need. I highly recommend it…..

EDIT: As knotscott said, remove the bearings before using this or any other cleaner….

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#6 posted 09-09-2011 02:03 AM

Lestoil from Ace Hardware will clean them right up after about 10 minute soak time. ShopNotes had an article that said not to use Simple Green or Oven Cleaners because it weakens the braze on the joints holding the crabide on.

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#7 posted 09-09-2011 03:49 AM

I’ve used Simple Green for years. I pour some in a disposable pizza pan and lay 1-2 10” blades in it for a few minutes. Then, I give them a scrub with an old toothbrush.

I do router bits in a plastic butter tub. Take off any roller bearings, give them a brief soak, scrub with the toothbrush, and put the bearing back. Piece of cake.

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 03:53 AM

Oven Cleaner. Cheap and works GREAT. I’ve been using it for a couple of decades now. Make sure you rinse the blade/bit with water, blow it dry with a compressor then spray it with bit and blade lubricant. Not one of my bits/blades cleaned over the decades has any rust.

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 04:07 AM

I’ve used oven cleaner and other caustic sprays and now I will only use LESTOIL from now til the day I pass this world to the next hands down….end of conversation…a 5 minute soaking and a quick wipe and walla the bling bling is back…BC

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 05:11 AM

Bug and tar remover from the auto parts store works well for me. I soak my router bits every time I use them [bearings and all]. This is a petroleum based product which seems to lube the bearings. This stuff will also “degum” sandpaper with score lines you get with a drum sander [but you will need to wire brush these].

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#11 posted 11-21-2011 02:48 AM

I may be a little late on this discussion but I read in another LJ forum that Dawn dishwashing liquid works. I’ll vouch for that after today’s experience. Soaked my blade in hot water with Dawn in a baking sheet while I went to church; came home, cleaned the blade with a brass brush and it worked perfectly. Nothing to buy since I already had it in the kitchen.

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