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jefrench

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07-20-2021 08:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood residue cleaning bits cleaning blades burnt bits burnt blades saw blades router bits drill bits

I had this router bit too high above the table and wondered why it wasn’t cutting, then I wondered what that smell was.

I know that mess won’t hinder cutting ability but I’d like to know if anyone knows how to get this residue off bits and blades.

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.


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#1 posted 07-20-2021 08:47 PM

The color change definitely indicated overheating, the tools hardness may have been affected and probably should be avoided.

That said, I always soak my TS blades and other cutters in an oil drain pan, submerged in ammonia (I use the same 10% “janitorial strength” from Ace Hardware that I use for fuming oak).

There are other solutions just as effective (“Simple Green” is another I use on occasion), as well as the commercial blade cleaners (which can be expensive).

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#2 posted 07-20-2021 08:49 PM

do you scrub the blade with a soft brush or something?

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.

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#3 posted 07-20-2021 08:58 PM

I use an old tooth brush, but even an old sock work well for TS blads

Follow the tooth direction as you do each side then do the faces and backs of each tooth. For router bits you want to scrub the flutes well.
Remove any guide bearings first!

After finishing I wipe the liquid off with a towel and give it a drying with compressed air, mainly to free any water trapped in the vibration cuts on TS blades.

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#4 posted 07-20-2021 09:01 PM

Thank you, I was avoiding buying a commercial cleaner because there had to be a cheaper way!

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.

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#5 posted 07-20-2021 09:07 PM

I find that a short soak in Simple Green works pretty well. Unless it is a thick build up it often just wipes off.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 07-20-2021 09:09 PM

I’ll try them both

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.

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#7 posted 07-21-2021 08:03 PM

I clean my table saw blades with spray-on oven cleaner. Powerful stuff, wear rubber gloves.

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#8 posted 07-21-2021 10:48 PM

I have an old frisbee that I put diluted laundry soap into and soak my blades for about 15 min. I use a soft bristle brush and it removes the burn marks and pitch pretty well. It will also take off the silk screened logos and stuff if you leave it in there too long. Use at your own discretion.

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#9 posted 07-22-2021 02:57 AM

Go to the dollar store and buy La's Totally Awesome cleaner. It is amazing at cleaning blades. Squirt on let it soak for a couple of minutes wipe it off. If there is a stubborn spot use a brass bristle brush. For a buck it can’t be beat.

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#10 posted 07-22-2021 06:03 AM

+1 Simple green
Purple Magic cleaner works too.

Tend to pick up Trend Blade and Bit cleaner when it goes on sale for 40% off at Woodcraft, and use it often.
Not cheapest option, but it solves a nagging problem.
SWMBO will not steal it for house cleaning and leave me nothing. :-(0)

Don’t even get me started on how many rolls of tape that disappear from the shop. She has her own basic tool box in house. Every 3-4 months I gather all tools scattered around house and put them back in her box; so she stops taking my tools into house. I found 5 rolls of masking tape, and 2 rolls of duct tape last week in her office. :(

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#11 posted 07-22-2021 10:48 AM

Krud Cutter works well also for removing built up pitch but the blue discoloration is overheating (like has already been pointed out).

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#12 posted 07-22-2021 03:20 PM

These are all good ideas. I really appreciate you all helping me out. I’m glad I found this site!

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.

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