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Offline TheTrooper

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Blade and Router bit cleaning
« on: June 14, 2015, 11:18 AM »
What does everyone else use?
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Offline charley1968

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2015, 11:22 AM »
CMT Formula 2050 blade and bit cleaner, for my part..
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Offline neeleman

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015, 11:23 AM »
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 11:50 AM »
CMT 2050 in a Rockler tub.

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Offline John Bates

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2015, 11:51 AM »
CMT, quick, clean and bio degradeable.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2015, 12:59 PM »
CMT like most everyone else.
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Offline grbmds

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2015, 02:33 PM »
Simple Green works well also and it is also biodegradable.
Randy

Offline gkaiseril

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2015, 02:36 PM »
Not only must the blades and shanks be cleaned but also the bearings. The lubrication will also be removed and must be replaced. A dry blade lube on the cutting face might also be a good idea.
George Kaiser

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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2015, 03:08 PM »
Not only must the blades and shanks be cleaned but also the bearings. The lubrication will also be removed and must be replaced. A dry blade lube on the cutting face might also be a good idea.

Another vote for simple green.  It can damage carbide if left to soak overnight, but a 15 minute soak always does the job for me.

BTW, my blade sharpener says that about half the blades he gets from hobbyists really only need a good cleaning.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2015, 06:45 PM »
CMT 2050 in a Rockler tub.

CMT in a mud bucket lid for saw blades. 
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2015, 06:53 PM »
CMT 2050 in a Rockler tub.

CMT in a mud bucket lid for saw blades. 

That works for sure...and you don't have to find a place to store that big blue Rockler tub, because it is kind of clunky.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2015, 06:56 PM »
CMT 2050 in a Rockler tub.

CMT in a mud bucket lid for saw blades. 

That works for sure...and you don't have to find a place to store that big blue Rockler tub, because it is kind of clunky.

And I always have a spare mud bucket or two in the shop.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2015, 07:06 PM »
I have been using the bucket lid for years. Best part is you can return the product to the bottle for later use. The blade is in CMT blade and bit cleaner.

Tom

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2015, 07:49 PM »
What do you guys do with the cleaning fluid after it is all used up?

If it is used up there is nothing left.

Tom

Offline TheTrooper

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2015, 09:07 PM »
I'll have to grab some of the CMT.  I just used Simple Green and it worked but took awhile
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Offline TheTrooper

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2015, 09:29 PM »
So,  you keep pouring the used cleaner back in the bottle?

Yes
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2015, 10:11 PM »
Let me rephrase the question...So,  you keep pouring the used cleaner back in the bottle?

Yes I do. Use it until it is gone from wiping the cutters dry.

Tom

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2015, 10:13 PM »
I'll have to grab some of the CMT.  I just used Simple Green and it worked but took awhile

If you check Simple Greens website you will see they tell you not to use the green cleaner on saw blades. I've read it affects the brazing.

They make a blue or purple you can use on saw blades.

Tom

Offline live4ever

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2015, 01:47 AM »
I use the purple Simple Green (I think it's called HD or something) on blades and router bits.  I keep reusing it until it starts taking too long.  Works great. 
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2015, 03:11 AM »
I've used Simple Green in a pinch and it's fine, it just takes a bit longer. The CMT is just a 5-10 minute soak. This isn't a task that I want to prolong. Soak it, brush it, rinse it, get on to more enjoyable endeavors.

Offline Geoffrey

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2015, 08:16 AM »
The Simple Green Extreme (I think it is labeled as Aircraft Cleaner) is supposed to be better for saw blades and router bits. Regular Simple Green can damage the carbide tips, but the Simple Green Extreme is safe to use. At least, that is what I have read.

Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2015, 09:27 AM »
  Regarding the CMT, there isn't much for instructions but I'm averse to rinsing anything that rusts so I just wipe it down when I'm done. Adding to the list of things I don't know is how it effects the cutter bearings so I try to keep them out of the solution.

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2015, 09:39 AM »
Here's a much older thread on blade cleaning that references the Trend bit and blade cleaner.  Has anyone actually used it?

Thanks, Mike A.

Offline rst

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2015, 11:08 AM »
I cut a lot of plastics and use conditioning belts and scuff balls to remove the residue, being careful to avoid the face of the teeth on my blades.

Offline CO_JCD

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2015, 03:16 PM »
Here's a much older thread on blade cleaning that references the Trend bit and blade cleaner.  Has anyone actually used it?
Yes, it works well (I have not used other brands so cannot directly compare) for both TS blades and router bits.

John

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #25 on: June 19, 2015, 02:42 AM »
Trend Bit cleaner  and a tooth brush
« Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 03:08 AM by jobsworth »

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2016, 06:18 AM »
I just did a video on cleaning your blades and router bits and the process that I use.  I used to think that my blades needed to go out for sharpening when in fact they were just dirty.  It's amazing the difference in quality of cut after you clean a blade.  Hope you guys find it helpful.

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Offline jbasen

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2016, 07:37 PM »
I also use CMT. I've used simple green in the past and had issues with it removing the red coating from Freud saw blades [crying]

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2016, 03:09 AM »
Crud cutter works good to

Offline Twoodman66

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2016, 08:22 AM »
plain ole oven cleaner /lemon scent

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2019, 04:11 PM »
I used the Rockler Blade Cleaning Kit, which includes their Pitch and Resin Remover.  It did a very nice job of cleaning my blades.  It's rather embarrassing how filthy some of the blades got.











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Offline ChiknNutz

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2019, 04:34 PM »
I have some of the Sprayway cleaner.  Good stuff but it took off ALL the lettering too!  Might be a bit too aggressive.
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Offline Alanbach

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2019, 08:49 PM »
Over the years I have used almost every blade cleaner mentioned in this thread. Until I bought the Boeshield three pack shown here, that is. Their Resin Gum and Pitch Remover is, in my opinion, second to none. I grab a blade and lay it out on a rag, I spray two or three pumps on the blade teeth, I wait about thirty seconds (at the most) and then I use a stiff plastic bristled grout brush or even a toothbrush, for about thirty seconds, then I flip over the blade and repeat. It is the quickest,  best pitch cleaner I have encountered. Crazy fast and easy.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2019, 02:02 AM by Alanbach »

Offline kevinculle

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2019, 09:45 PM »
My go to blade de-pitcher is spray on oven cleaner, cheap and effective but wear gloves and eye protection.

Offline rmhinden

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2019, 10:30 PM »
I use CMT 2050 that I picked up when Woodcraft had it on sale.

Works great.  I put the blades on some newspaper, spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then start wiping it off.  Then turn the blade over and repeat.  I don't see the need to submerge the blade.

Bob

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2019, 12:02 AM »
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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2019, 05:28 AM »
I lay the saw blade in the bottom of the tub, spray both sides with CMT, and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. I then rinse blade with cold water. I scrub any stubborn areas with my wife’s toothbrush and rinse again. Rinse toothbrush and replace it. I then wipe blade dry and saturate with WD40. Wipe WD40 completely off and blade is ready to go.

Same for router bits. If bit has bearing, the last step is the lube bearing with appropriate lube.

I wear safety glasses and plastic gloves throughout the process.
Birdhunter

Offline hdv

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2019, 05:39 AM »
I am no chemist and can't verify the truthfulness of it, but many people warn against using oven cleaner or other aggressive acids to clean carbide tipped saw blades. They suspect it may affect the bonding of the carbide to the steel, causing pieces of carbide to fly loose when the blade is spinning. Again I don't know if this is correct, but I did see photo's of a carbide tipped blade made with an electron microscope before and after a soak in oven cleaner. They were shown to me by a blade cleaning and sharpening service. The difference was quite significant. For me it was enough to stop doing that. Now I just buy a bottle of blade cleaner from Felder (other brands will likely be just as good). I've been using that first bottle for 3 years now, so the cost is really not significant enough for me to take that risk.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Blade and Router bit cleaning
« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2019, 12:15 PM »
I scrub any stubborn areas with my wife’s toothbrush and rinse again. Rinse toothbrush and replace it.

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