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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys,
Here is a tip I picked up on cleaning router blades, circular saw blades as well as band saw blades. Take +/- 2 teaspoons of cooking soda ( bicarbonate of soda) & a teaspoon of vinegar in approximately 1 pint of water. Dip the items in the water & leave for about half an hour. Remove & just wipe off the item with a cloth ---- you will be amazed. I now have all my blades spotless as well as with sharpened edges.
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Thanks for the tip Ronnie. Just last week as I was removing some surface rust from a 12" saw blade, a coworker stated that vinegar would remove the rust/pitch and clean the blade well. I will certainly try this method the next time I need to clean my cutters.
Also, remove bearings prior to soaking router bits.

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Thanks for the tip Ronnie. Just last week as I was removing some surface rust from a 12" saw blade, a coworker stated that vinegar would remove the rust/pitch and clean the blade well. I will certainly try this method the next time I need to clean my cutters.
Also, remove bearings prior to soaking router bits.

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use distilled white vinegar....
it's the better of vinegars for this type of work...
keep in mind that it's corrosive...

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Is there any chance that the vinegar and soda would weaken the braze joint where the carbide tips are attached?
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Is there any chance that the vinegar and soda would weaken the braze joint where the carbide tips are attached?
I use Trend blade and bit cleaner...
Turpentine...
Soapy water and a stiff nylon brush...
way too much controversy and I do not like to gamble....

Common braze alloys are about half silver and about a quarter copper and zinc with maybe a little nickel or tin or manganese. (AWS Bag-3, 7, 22, 24, etc.) Chemical attack on copper or cobalt as a pure metal is different than a chemical attack on a metal alloy. Iron corrodes differently than steel which corrodes differently than stainless steel.

A quote from Charles McCracken of Freud Inc in regards to cleaning saw blades:

“Definitely avoid oven cleaner and other caustics. They attack the cobalt binder in the carbide and can lead to carbide failure (translates to tiny missiles of carbide at 100+ mph). Also, Freud and some other brands of blades have a tri-metal brazing foil that uses copper alloy for a cushioning layer. The copper can also be affected by these cleaners (translates to larger missiles of carbide). We recommend soaking overnight in kerosene in a vented container and using a stiff nylon bristle brush to clean. Teflon coated plates will clean up with a soapy cloth (except for the teeth as mentioned earlier). There are commercial blade cleaning products that are not caustic but we don't officially sanction them. I've personally used Simple Green concentrate with good results."

But the people at Simple Green say not to use their product.....

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"But the people at Simple Green say not to use their product..."

No, what they said was to not soak Carbide in Simple Green, but they also said that their industrial Extreme Simple Green was perfect for the job:
Extreme Simple Green

From Simple Green:

Dear Dan,

Thank you for contacting Simple Green and for your interest in our product.
Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner is ideal for soaking carbide blades and tips. The product protects corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement.

I hope that this information helps. If you have further questions about this or other Simple Green products or uses, please feel free to contact me via reply email or directly. My contact information is provided below and my regular business hours are Mon thru Fri from 8 -5 Pacific Standard Time.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
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Sunshine Makers, Inc./ Simple Green

15922 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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"But the people at Simple Green say not to use their product..."

No, what they said was to not soak Carbide in Simple Green, but they also said that their industrial Extreme Simple Green was perfect for the job:
Extreme Simple Green

From Simple Green:

Dear Dan,

Thank you for contacting Simple Green and for your interest in our product.
Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner is ideal for soaking carbide blades and tips. The product protects corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement.

I hope that this information helps. If you have further questions about this or other Simple Green products or uses, please feel free to contact me via reply email or directly. My contact information is provided below and my regular business hours are Mon thru Fri from 8 -5 Pacific Standard Time.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Theresa Provolt
Customer Service and Business Support Manager
Sunshine Makers, Inc./ Simple Green

15922 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

562-795-6091
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If you don't mind paying shipping, these guys carry it (Canada and the US)
EXTREME SIMPLE GREEN AIRCRAFT CLEANER from Aircraft Spruce Canada
Acklands also carry it I think...
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Easiest yet! Just got an answer back from Simple Green...

"Hello Dan,
Thanks for the reply! Simple Green Pro HD is the retail version of Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner. I’ve attached the Material Safety Data Sheets for both products which includes ingredient information. Currently, Simple Green Pro HD is primarily sold at Home Depot, although it is not exclusive so it can be purchased for resale."





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