I'm starting to get a few saw blades for the TS and mitre saws. As I
took the dado stack off the ts last night I noticed the blades where a
little grimy. What can I use on the blades when storing them to protect
and clean the blade?
There are several commercial products available, but I just use a brush
cleaner unless they are really gummed up with resin. Then I use an oven
cleaner on them. Finally, I clean them with soap/water, spray them with
WD-40, and hang them in the blade cabinet or back on the saw. harrym
The only problem with oven cleaner is that it will eat the blade if left
on too long. It can be used and it often recommended (and just as often
A much more conservative (safer) route is to use "Simple Green" that you
can get just about anywhere. If you need a little more "tooth" in the
cleaner you can also use a nylon bruch to clean the teeth. But if you
use pretty warm water along with simple green you'll find that it's easy
to clean blades and you won't harm the solder holding the teeth on.
Simple green should be more than enough to clean your blades and router
I use silicone protectant often too, but a better alternative (when I
have it around) is to use Boeshield T-9. The problem with silicone is
that while it's great a preventing rust, it can stain wood and it can
interfere with a finish that you're going to put on the wood. (Kind of
like how silcone screws with automotive paint it is on the vehicle when
you paint it).
Boeshield is more like a wax so it doesn't attract dust and is MUCH
better for protecting against rust. I use it on everything but it's
about $10 a can. Works great though in a dusty environment as it
doesn't attract dust like wd-40 or any other silicone lubricant.
Simple Green is great for a lot of clean-up applications.
Another wonderful product, *if* you can find it, is "Perfex". it's a powder
you dissolve in water. Good for taking kids fingerprints off walls,
'de waxing' floors (before applying a new coat), and cleaning 'burner bibs'
on electric stoves, among other things.
1 tablespoon of TSP in 'bout 2 cups of warm water - soak blade for 5-10
mins and hit the resin deposits with a vegatable or dish brush - rinse
Did I say it was cheap? No? Well then, it's cheap - and effective.
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On 15 Jul 2003 10:30:03 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
I use Zep "Orange Cleaner" from the cleaning supply section at the
Borg. It's $7-8 a gallon here in CT.
I already had it in the shop, as I use it for degreasing bicycle
parts. The stuff removes pitch, etc... from saw blades like nothing
Simple Green gets used all over my home and shop, but it's not the
best degreaser or pitch remover.
As I recall, the problem came with sewage discharges into waterways, which then
had so much algae bloom that the water no longer held oxygen for fish.
"If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is
to function it must have dissent."
Close, you neglected one stage. The algae has to die, then become a
consumer of oxygen.
If we could have pumped the gray water from our washing machines to the
lawn, as I am doing as I write this between loads of wash and sanding, we'd
have conserved water and fertilizer, and made bright green lawns.
Did'ja ever go write an obscenity in fertilizer on a lawn? Feeling old as I
remember that. Also feeling old as I remember that I used to limit out on
BIG tasty perch on Lake Erie in the days before algal blooms....
On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 08:00:23 -0400, Thomas Mitchell
I don't! <G>
I actually have only three, plus a dado set and a 10" sanding disc.
One "main" combo blade, one "old" combo blade for MDF, and one
dedicated rip blade. The dado set takes up two drawers.
The rest of the drawers are for future growth.
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