I think it'd be fine to soak your bits in Simple Green - just be sure
to lube them with router bit bearing lube or something else appropriate
as soon as they dry. If you're trying to get pitch off the blades, I
don't think Simple Green (a degreaser, right?) would be the most
effective solvent - I'd get some blade/bit cleaner and wipe off the
blades, and leave the lubricant in the bearings. Not worth going cheap
on tool maintainence if you have lots of money in the tools already.
Let us know what works,
The Simple Green definitely will take off the pitch, but it appears to
have also taken the lubrication out of the bearing as well. When I
spin it now you can sort of feel it wiggle just a touch, versus before.
I think I'll remove the bearings from now on before soaking them!
(Or, more likely, I'll get the CMT stuff someone else mentioned.)
So to summarize: I recommend you do NOT soak your bearing guided router
bits in Simple Green as it will negatively affect the bearings.
Chuck your bearing in a jar of motor oil and give a good shake and soak
for half an hour or so and it'll be fine.
Quite often router bit bearings become tight and stiff due to dust and
wear so every now and again I remove the bearing wash, soak it in turps
and then in motor oil. Have never had one seize up.
Simple Green is fine for cleaning router bits. But, Simple Green is a
degreaser. As was suggested, you need to replace the lubrication that you've
Flushing the lubrication isn't the problem - that's a given when you soak
something in degreaser. You just have to replace the lubrication. Which,
btw, is probably what you want to do. Lubrication embedded with wood dust
isn't much of a lubricant.
Good idea to keep things containing water away from metals, especially if
you might have problems drying them afterward. Insides of bearings would
Removing bearings to clean the carbide also allows you to use one of those
diamond files on the cutter _faces_ to keep the edge in decent condition. I
use WD40 as my cleaner and hone lubricant. Keeps the rust that might
develop on the shaft from my sweaty hands under control, too.
Gotta argee.........hitting sealed bearings with that kind of cleaner
will probably make for a ruined bearing later......
They have several different cleaners for blades and bits on the market.
I'd go with one of those.
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