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  • How do you clean your blades?

    OK, I've bought some Simple Green so what process do you guys use to clean your blades? I sprayed some Simple Green on, scrubbed with an old toothbrush and rinsed with a Simple Green/water mixture. I don't think I'm doing this right.
    Alan
    My Shop

  • #2
    Let them soak for an hour or two first...then brush the pitch and gum off and rinse.
    Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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    • #3
      Make sure you give the blade a nice shot of WD-40 after cleaning and drying to prevent any rusting and diplace any moisture... Then wipe it dry...

      I clean my blades in an old pizza pan that the wife had no use for anymore... Works great... Like Kelly said, let it soak a while before scrubing or brushing...
      Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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      • #4
        Yep, I forgot the WD-40...good call Big!
        Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>

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        • #5
          I use a brass bristle brush rather than a toothbrush. I don't have to soak mine, just spray the SG on and by the time I spray it on the second side, I can flip it over and hit it with a couple of quick swipes of the brush and wipe dry. If you have to let the blade soak, you have let it get too dirty to start with.

          gator

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          • #6
            You want to get them clean without much scrubbing. Use Zep Purple Degreaser at Home Depot. This stuff will eat anything off. Mix it half and half with water in a oil drain pan and let it sit for a half hour and hose it off. This stuff is strong. You are supposed to mix it with more water to use as a cleaner. This stuff works great to clean anything that is really dirty.
            Scott

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            • #7
              At what strength do you use the SG??

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              • #8
                I can usually just spray Simple Green on, undiluted, and wipe/brush and rinse off. I've also let the blade soak (after cocobolo) by just spraying on, leaving and coming back and spraying every now and then to keep it wet (30 min to an hour did the trick). I have a brass brush ($2) that I may have used on it once but usually use my thumbnail and maybe a toothbrush. I use spray wax (Topcote and Drycote) to prevent rust and never had any problem. Clean your blades often since pitch prematurely dulls a blade (or so I've been told).

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the tip. Five minutes in full strength SG and the blade practically wiped clean, used a stiff bristle brush on the hard spots.

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