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Red face Saw & Bit cleaning

Have not found a usable solution for cleaning tools, saw blades, router bits, wood
plane irons, etc.

Must remove resin, caking, rust, etc.

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I use denatured alcohol for resin and such. I'm sure there are many things that will work but DN is probably the cheapest. As for rust I use Evaporust. It's safe and has no harmful fumes like Naval Jelly.

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I haven't tried it yet but the videos I've seen for the Trend cleaning solution look pretty good and it's not expensive.

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Spray on oven cleaner, Rex. Place your blade or other tool in a steel baking tray, spray oven cleaner on it...best to do it where you have good ventilation, Wait a couple of minutes, give it a a quick scrub...I use and old BBQ brush...and rinse it off.
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I usually give the tools a shot of WD-40 afterwards for a little rust protection.
(Oven cleaner is usually Sodium Hydroxide based; lye, in other words.)
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I've heard that Simple Green works well but haven't tested it myself.
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Rex - going along with Dan and his oven cleaner on this. Easy spray application, no dunking in solvent. I take the tools out in the middle of the yard and put them on a sawhorse and spray. Barely even have to scrub after soaking.
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Spray on oven cleaner, Rex. Place your blade or other tool in a steel baking tray, spray oven cleaner on it...best to do it where you have good ventilation, Wait a couple of minutes, give it a a quick scrub...I use and old BBQ brush...and rinse it off.
That's it.
I usually give the tools a shot of WD-40 afterwards for a little rust protection.
(Oven cleaner is usually Sodium Hydroxide based; lye, in other words.)
I was going to try lye or oven cleaner too but then I read somewhere that those chemicals can doamage the bond between carbide particles. There are other alternatives so I stay away from them.

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I'm with Chuck on this one. Rockler has a concentrated cleaner, about 10$/qt which makes a gallon of cleaner. It is also reusable if you use it for a soak. I've had a bottle of CMT spray cleaner I use and the bottle is almost a year old. I just spritz a bit on a towel and wipe down the router bits before I put them away. In a pinch I have also used 409, ZAP, Mean Green or Fantastic.
Some time ago, I believe it was Freud, that published a caution about using caustic cleaners as it can attack the carbide and/or the brazing. I've got way to much money tied up in cutting tools to risk a few cents on the chance that Freud is wrong. Besides, at almost $5/can for oven cleaner, it is hardly cheap on a per use basis.

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For me, SIMPLE GREEN is about KISS as you can get. It works!! Its cheap. Plus it wont eat away at the solder/glue holding on the carbide tips. When cleaning I DO NOT use a harsh stiff brush. I use a soft bristle like a tooth brush. Dont laugh it works HAHAHAH

One of the blade mfg's recommends it, but I cant remember where I read that article.

Problaby not good for the rust, but great on the buildup..

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Been doing it too long to be doing it wrong!!

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