The other variable is how bad with what is the blade. Maybe just some dust
caught in dried and heated sap? If not too burned, a toothbrush and Simple
Green works fine. Or even Windex, which I think has a little ammonia. For
tougher jobs, soak in ammonia or TSP. Every other person will find the other
one working better, probably because they're cleaning something slightly
OTOH, take the brand new Forrest 7-1/4 blade I put in my panel saw and cut
some hardwood ply with. How was I to know they label the thing on the opposite
side from standard 7-1/4 blades? While it still cut splinter free (backwards,
amazing!), the side of the teeth was a solid black. Forget the toothbrush and
Simple Green. Forget the ammonia or TSP. Soak in oven cleaner and then run the
edge of a wood block over it to scrape off the remaining junk.
Blade is now sparkling clean and, in a couple of weeks I'm really looking
forward to seeing how well it cuts in the other direction. Then I'll probably
clean it with Simple Green.
Your blade's labeled on the proper side for some saws. I caught mine before
I cut with it - Makita - but it sure does come as a shock. Sort of like
those morons who design Wal-Marts who put the entrance on the left, and
wonder why so many follow the rule of the road and go right.
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