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post #1 of 10 Old 11-27-2008, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Removing pine rosin from blades

I was wondering what other people use for removing this sticky,baked on stuff from their blades? I know the stuff I use works very well and only takes a few minutes and is fairly cheap.I had a 3/4" blade that was covered badly this afternoon and I removed the blade and it was ready to put back on in about 5 min.Looks like new again.I also cleaned the tires and they also look new.Let's see what you use and I will let you know what I use. I have tried paint thinner and mineral spirits but this stuff will run circles around that.What could it be?

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Carburetor cleaner!
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Kerosene... brass brush. Not too exciting but it's works fairly well.
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theres a citrus cleaner at woodcraft a buddy of mine uses thats prett damn good i guess..... i use carbarator cleaner though because i have it

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I spray both sides of the blade with oven cleaner, let it sit for a few, wash it off with water and a chip brush, then hit the blade with your favorite proctective spray. Been doin' it that way for years.

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kerosene or oven cleaner...oven cleaner is easier to come by. Grab a can from dollar tree for a buck. Can't beat it.
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Well,I ran upon this idea at my local lumber mill. You can get this stuff at your local Dollar store or Grocery store and it works like nothing I have ever used.It will melt away and dissolve rosin in a couple of minutes. Well, it is "PINE SOL" cleanner.It's cheap and re-useable.I empty a bottle into a bucket,remove the blade,(Bandsaw blade) fold the blade up and place it in the bucket for a minute or two. After that unfold wipe off and replace.If you have a lid for the bucket you can keep and reuse the pine sol for a while before replacing.I've done this for a while now and it works great.Try it and let us know how you like it.Plus,it smells good.

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Plus,it smells good.
Some, like myself and my wife find this very offensive.
Don't ask why, I don't know. It is just one of those
things.

Does the orange flavor work as well??
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a soak in simple green seems to have cleaned the couple of blades I've actually attempted to clean with it.
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Ordinary household ammonia ! A gallon is about a buck.

I use a five gallon pail cut off to about 3 inches deep and place about 1/2 inch of ammonia into it with the sawblade. Rosin melts away in seconds.

Oven cleaner and the other substances mentioned above are all similar chemicals to household ammonia or are solvents but are either quite a bit more costly or like the oven cleaner quite dangerous to use.

The ammonia has only the disadvantage of its odor. Rinse everything after using it and always protect your eyes when using any of these . Several of these substances including the ammonia are quite basic (high PH). Kerosene is quite flammable.



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