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    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009 edited
    Just wanted to mention that besides having your blade sharpened. Clean them when pitch and resin builds up. This will help them to cut cooler and won't act like a dull blade. Cheap oven cleaner works great, but I'll be only using that on my non-carbide blades. Some manufactures say it weakens the braze, so why take the chance. Woodcraft has a resin remover, without a lot of CAUTIONS with it and have read it works well.
    • CommentAuthordusty
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
    "...without a lot of CAUTIONS with it and have read it works well" .

    Is this a testimonial or are you just relaying something that you read?

    I just read something too. If I find it, I'll post it here. It was an article that says oven cleaner has been shown to have NO adverse effect on saw blades. BTW, it was not written by the manufacturer of oven cleaners.
    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009 edited
    Well here's my reference on what I read. After reading it, I figured I'd error on the side of safety .
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009 edited
    "Cheap oven cleaner works great, but I'll be only using that on my non-carbide blades. Some manufactures say it weakens the braze..."

    The active ingredient in most oven cleaners, sodium hydroxide (lye), can dissolve tin, zinc, and aluminum. It's also pretty brutal on copper and chrome. Some brazes used to fix carbide teeth to steel blades use one or more of these metals and it seems logical to assume that it could weaken the braze. Freud ran a test that seems to show that it does, but they let their blades soak in a saturated lye solution for 24 hours. This is hardly a reflection of real-life use where you spray a weak mist on and wipe it off. Carbide Processors, Inc. ran a test with actual oven cleaner and found that while a tiny bit of metal may have been dissolved it was similar to insisting that you lose weight when you get your hair cut. Their findings? "We have soaked braze alloy in oven cleaner for a week with no discernible damage to the braze alloy." In fact, they concluded, "In our test we found that BBG grill cleaner from a janitorial supply store was cheapest and worked best." Read .

    When you consider the Woodcraft remover is $11 for a bottle that makes five batches, while store-brand oven cleaner can be bought for about $2 and laboratory-grade lye is $1 a pound, I'm tempted to stick with the can of Easy-Off I've been using for the last 3 years. Of course, if you want cheap and perfectly safe, there's always coffee. That's right -- two-day-old-nobody's-gonna-drink-it-now-that-it's-got-sawdust-in-it coffee. Takes a little longer (gotta soak the blades overnight), but it works just as well. I prefer a French roast.

    With all good wishes,
    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2009
    "nobody's-gonna-drink-it-now-that-it's-got-sawdust-in-it coffee"

    Oh is that a new Starbucks flavor, for us woodworkers? :)
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