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cleaning your blades

i got this trick from my uncle. I no longer have to purchase wood, just have to wait for it to dry. I cut down my own timber and saw it into chunks on by bandsaw. when cutting green timber you will build up resin on your blade wheels and your bearings! the easiest and cheapest way to clean them that i found is spray nine! here are some before and after pics of my blade. you will see the resin build up which creates heat and kills the blade!
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i got this trick from my uncle. I no longer have to purchase wood, just have to wait for it to dry. I cut down my own timber and saw it into chunks on by bandsaw. when cutting green timber you will build up resin on your blade wheels and your bearings! the easiest and cheapest way to clean them that i found is spray nine! here are some before and after pics of my blade. you will see the resin build up which creates heat and kills the blade!
What is "spray nine"? I cut some green wood a couple of months ago and later found a lot of built up on the guide bearing. I have not checked the wheels. If spray nine works I would like to try it.
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What is "spray nine"? I cut some green wood a couple of months ago and later found a lot of built up on the guide bearing. I have not checked the wheels. If spray nine works I would like to try it.
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i found it at a local true value hardware store. its a household cleaning agent and i now use it on all of my blades. i soak the blades for a few minutes about 5-10 depending on the build up and then use a brass brush to clean it off. i have found that i now have to send my blades out LESS to get sharpened by doing this. then wipe off and make sure you dry them so you don't get rust! i let them air dry or use a hair dryer or heat gun!
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i buy it in the gallon size. you can reuse it also
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you will notice a performance difference in your saw as far as making it track true, don't soak your bearing in it tho, just wipe it on and let it sit and than wipe it off, very simple and very cheap! i clean my blades, wheels and bearing on a regular basis!!!!!
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you will notice a performance difference in your saw as far as making it track true, don't soak your bearing in it tho, just wipe it on and let it sit and than wipe it off, very simple and very cheap! i clean my blades, wheels and bearing on a regular basis!!!!!
Thanks, I will see if I can pick some up.
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i have found that i now have to send my blades out LESS to get sharpened by doing this. then wipe off and make sure you dry them so you don't get rust! i let them air dry or use a hair dryer or heat gun!
sounds great -- thanks for the tip

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not a problem gentleman thats what this website if for! sharing and showing useful woodworking tips. if you notice your table saw is charing or burning the wood, chances are they just need cleaned!!!
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My wife has been using this for a disinfectant for years. I never thought to use it for saw blades. Great tip , Thanks.
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It's amazing the things I learn here. Thanks for the tip. I have the same kind of build up on my tires that shows in your picture. Going to pick some up the next time I'm at the store. Thanks again.

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Definitely putting that on the list next time I head to the store, thanks!

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There is a discussion on this on the Woodcentral turning forum also.
http://www.woodcentral.com/woodworki...blade-cleaner/
My problem is I cut so much green wood that I don't want to have to remove the blade to clean it all the time. There are lots of good blade cleaners out there.
I want a way to keep the wood from depositing on the blade and bearings in the first place.
I buy my bandsaw blades from a local saw sharpener at $6 apiece so it's not necessary to resharpen them, although I have in a pinch. Mostly I just want to clean them without having to remove them.
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Nice tip. Has to be cheaper than buying a refill at Rockler.
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There is a discussion on this on the Woodcentral turning forum also.
http://www.woodcentral.com/woodworki...blade-cleaner/
My problem is I cut so much green wood that I don't want to have to remove the blade to clean it all the time. There are lots of good blade cleaners out there.
I want a way to keep the wood from depositing on the blade and bearings in the first place.
I buy my bandsaw blades from a local saw sharpener at $6 apiece so it's not necessary to resharpen them, although I have in a pinch. Mostly I just want to clean them without having to remove them.
are you using a blade designed for cutting green wood. i own 2 so swapping them out takes me a few minutes. while i am cutting with the clean one i coil the other up and soak it in this and take a brass brush to it. i can clean my blade in around 5-10 minutes!!! same goes for the wheels and it doesn't hurt them and is much cheaper than replacing the blade and also the stuff sold at rocker.
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