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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-15-2017, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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After I had soaked a solid carbide bit in regular Simple Green I read that this is a no-no....supposedly leeches the carbide from the bit. Simple Green does have another product which is ok to use.
The bit lost is shiny color and I'm wondering if it is unsafe to use.
Anybody know anything about this?
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I have been using simple green on bits and blades for years with no problems. I don't soak them just use a brass brush and the solvent, then blow them with air and oil them. I have read you are supposed to use simple purple for carbide.
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I have been using simple green on bits and blades for years with no problems.
what ever you say...

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Jim; there was at least one thread running here a while back, on Simple Green products.
http://www.routerforums.com/router-b...tml#post603137
The short story is that Simple Green themselves warned against soaking carbide in their regular product.
They recommended their Precision Aircraft Cleaner for soaking carbide tools.
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I should have been clearer. I am not advocating using simple green, use the purple. I was just saying I have not had a problem, but I now use the PURPLE, better yet order the cleaning kit from Rockler.
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Trend bit cleaner works and is harmless to you and the bit. I believe CMT makes a cleaner also.

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Trend bit cleaner works and is harmless to you and the bit. I believe CMT makes a cleaner also.
trend is some good stuff...

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I have been using Simple Green or Mean Green, I soak for a couple of minutes and then use a brass bristle brush from Harbor Freight, rinse then spray with WD40 and it works great. Have used this method for several years on my carbide saw blades and now on my router bits.

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Trend. Tried the Rockler, no comparison. Going back to Trend. If I were to use some of the household products or alchemy methods I doubt i'd save a dollar or two per year (and I clean a lot) so...Trend.
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Bob; the issue isn't that it doesn't work, it does! The problem as stated by the manufacturer...see my link in my previous comment...is that it corrupts the Carbide!
Since even Simple Green makes a safe alternative, recommended by them, why risk damaging your Carbide?
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