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I just opened my cabinet to get something and noticed my router bits. They look like they need attention. I got my bits from a guy that pasted a while back and it looks like I need to clean them up. How do you guys maintain your bits? Do you soak them in some kind of cleaner? I guess you take the bearing off when cleaning the bit. Do you oil them every so often?
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I do my routing with a 1/2" pattern bit, so they stay in the router, which is in the table, until the the bearing pops off. All I actually do is put 2-3 drops of light oil on the bearing before I start routing. The oil seems to make the bearings last a whole lot longer. Works for me.
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CMT or Trend bit cleaner...I use it on all cutting tools...saws, bits, blades, drill bits, and on and on...
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I guess I could buy some bit cleaner. Is there any local products which I might already own like simple green or anything else which would work?

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What about chainsaw gas and an old toothbrush outside? Do you think it will remove the pitch and tar from the bit? It leaves an oily film from the 2 stroke oil.

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I guess I could buy some bit cleaner. Is there any local products which I might already own like simple green or anything else which would work?

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What about chainsaw gas and an old toothbrush outside? Do you think it will remove the pitch and tar from the bit? It leaves an oily film from the 2 stroke oil.
Simple Green caught my attention. Soaking carbide bits in it supposedly leaches the carbide. There is another Simple Green product which I believe is advertised for cleaning aircraft aluminum....this is supposed to be ok for carbide soaking. I had soaked a carbide bit in regular Simple Green......didn't know it was a no-no. The bit took on a different finish after the soaking.....afraid to use it now.
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CMT or Trend bit cleaner...I use it on all cutting tools...saws, bits, blades, drill bits, and on and on...
same here...
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Lee...if you have a local hardware or tool store they are likely to sell the CMT bit cleaner...that's where I get mine...

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I have been cleaning bits with simple green for a long time with no problems. I do not soak them, just have a bowl of it and a brass brush. Clean them good, blow them out with air, oil the bearing.
I have at times used a diamond file on the flats, but usually just run them till they die and toss them.
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I guess I will head over to Woodcraft and buy some CMT bit cleaner. I have some credit over there.
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Boeshield blade and bit works well
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