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Got this little video from Fine Woodworking this morning about cleaning router bits. It shows a bit making a poor cut and the same bit making a pretty good cut after it was cleaned. I'm probably as guilty as anyone is about not keeping mine clean enough. I did buy a bottle of Trend Tool and Bit cleaner so at least I have good intentions.

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Got this little video from Fine Woodworking this morning about cleaning router bits. It shows a bit making a poor cut and the same bit making a pretty good cut after it was cleaned. I'm probably as guilty as anyone is about not keeping mine clean enough. I did buy a bottle of Trend Tool and Bit cleaner so at least I have good intentions.

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Got this little video from Fine Woodworking this morning about cleaning router bits. It shows a bit making a poor cut and the same bit making a pretty good cut after it was cleaned. I'm probably as guilty as anyone is about not keeping mine clean enough. I did buy a bottle of Trend Tool and Bit cleaner so at least I have good intentions.

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Usually just before I use a bit. If it looks all funky I'll clean it. When I'm really in a good mood I'll root through the collection and I'll soak the bad ones in the solution I'm using to clean my saw blade. One of these days I'll buy one of those diamond paddles and give sharpening a try.
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I've never seen a messy router bit before , but I guess that's cause I normally used them mdf ?

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I've used white vinegar to clean TS blades, why wouldn't it work on router bits? I have neve even thought of cleaning a bit, I have replace a couple of bits when they stopped cutting clean, maybe they just needed to be cleaned. This sound like I'm pretty out of touch again, but it's threads like this that keep my learning curver going in the right directions. I'm going to clean the two bits that I just made reference to. One is a MCLS rabbet bit, the other is a 3/8th dovetail bit that came with the set of bit that I bought from Incra for cutting dovetails and box joints.

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Usually just before I use a bit. If it looks all funky I'll clean it. When I'm really in a good mood I'll root through the collection and I'll soak the bad ones in the solution I'm using to clean my saw blade. One of these days I'll buy one of those diamond paddles and give sharpening a try.
I sharpen mine with a diamond hone, the ones about 2 x 5 or 6 inches long. I haven't gotten back to a factory edge but they will cut better after. Someone put a link to a Youtube video just a few days ago and the ad leading into the vid was for a Trend sharpener. It might do a better job than the cheapies I've been using.

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I've never seen a messy router bit before , but I guess that's cause I normally used them mdf ?
MDF isn't pitchy so you wouldn't see a problem like someone routing pine which might be the worst of all woods for buildup.

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I took a router course a few years back, and the instructor made a big deal about the regular cleaning. He also was adamant about not getting the bearings into any cleaning solution...wipe them clean with a cleaner dampened rag was all that was required (he said). Any other opinions on that?
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I took a router course a few years back, and the instructor made a big deal about the regular cleaning. He also was adamant about not getting the bearings into any cleaning solution...wipe them clean with a cleaner dampened rag was all that was required (he said). Any other opinions on that?
100% agree, Dan. Super important not to get solvent on/in the bearings. For one off cleaning I have a spray bottle of CMT cleaner. Lots of other cleaners are just as good. They are generally pretty easy to clean. It's a crying shame I don't do it more often.
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cmt cleaner brass wire brush if needed after use begore putting away. and the cheapy diamond hones work

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