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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2011, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Blade Cleaner ( Oven Cleaner ).

I have read alot about saw and router bit cleaner and used several. Most of the time when you think your blade is dull as most newbies do , they replace it. I used a 5 gallon bucket lit for a 10" Blade, lay the blade on one side( always wear vinyl inspection gloves or Doctors gloves just vinyl. Take a can of easy bake oven clearner or your brand, spray the whole blade mostly teeth and flip over and spray other side, wait 3 minutes and wash off with water hoses and use a vinyl brush for thick buildup , rinse again. Dry off good and spray wash it and wipe off and it is good for 50 more percent of life.
I would like to know your opinion? Thanks
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409 does the job well, also. And, you don't need those nasty used proctologists gloves!
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Perhaps you have read that caustic chemicals, like oven cleaner, may break down the brazing on carbide tips. Freud warns about using it with their blades. As with most things, there are folks that say this isn't the case. From my own experience, oven cleaner can remove blade coatings and markings and with some, leave the blade body a gray color. Of course, you are washing with lye which you don't want on your skin or in your eyes. I've found that hot soapy water works just as well as anything, doesn't cost much and doesn't remove identifying marks. Just don't wait until there is so much pitch build up you can't see the teeth.
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Oven cleaner does work, but other methods work just as well...some of which are less of a mess. More importantly, there's some controversy about the effects that caustic oven cleaner can have on the carbide binders on a saw blade. I don't bother with oven cleaner at all any more. I find many household degreasers work great....409, LA's Totally Awesome, Goo Gone, Fantastic, Greased Lightning, etc. Boeshield's Blade n Bit cleaner works great too but costs a lot more.

FWIW, Freud suggests a kerosene soak for stubborn pitch. I've heard of others using electrosis, TSP, Washing soda, and others.
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I also know of some guys who just soak them in ammonia. For me, I figure I got way to much money tied up in the blade to futz around with caustic sodas on the chance that Freud is wrong. Not to mention the vision of ducking carbide shrapnel at some point. For about 10 bucks I got some of Rocklers concentrated cleaner, made enough to cover several saw blades and fill a small jar for the router bits. I keep the container sealed and drop the blades in every once in awhile. Stuff isn't bad after one use so I just keep it that way. I also think I'm cheaper out than using oven cleaner on a per cleaning basis.
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I probably waited too long to clean my blades as well, and when it came time to do it, I researched the topic online and found all the concerns about using the oven cleaners. The way I look at it, I will buy a product that "they" say is safe for my blades. I too, do not want to dodge any carbide shrapnel at ANY time. I have used the Rockler saw blade cleaner/kit, and am very happy with it. It is very reasonably priced, and does a good job. I have cleaned my blades a half dozen times with the same solution mixed from concentrate, and it still works great.


I used to be fairly indecisive, but now....... I'm not so sure.
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