Clean saw blades to improve the quality of your cuts, reduce the corrosion of your blades and keep your tools running at peak performance.
Clean saw blades reduce the chances of burning the edges of your workpiece and require less feed pressure. Sometimes DIYers mistake a blade that needs to be cleaned with a dull blade and replace rather than clean.
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A while back we looked at why you should wax your tools. In that post, I mentioned I bought a used tool from a high school shop teacher and he had given me a can of SC Johnson paste wax to maintain the tool just like he did. While I was researching the wax for the why you should wax your table saw post I stumbled on CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner which led me to do some research about cleaning saw blades.
Have you ever taken a close look at your saw blades? No? Go take a look at them now. Look at your table saw blade, your miter saw blade and your circular saw blade. And be sure to look closely. I’ll wait here until you get back…
Do you see all of that gunk? All of that caked on, baked on pitch and resin is not good for your saw blades. C’mon, look at those dirty blades! Don’t you ever clean those things? NO?! Don’t feel bad because I hadn’t either. Until now. Here’s why you should clean your saw blades.
While researching the CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner I found two excellent articles by Wood Magazine. In the first article Tool Review: Blade and Bit Cleaners Wood Magazine says a blade that needs to be cleaned requires “more feed pressure to make the cut” and can cause the edges of your workpiece to burn.
Wood Magazine goes on to say over time that residue “can corrode the blade” and perhaps most importantly “blades with excessive buildup are sometimes mistaken for dull.” Cleaning your saw blades is not only important, but it’s sooo easy. In the second Wood Magazine article Clean your Cutters they outline the quick process.
What Cleaner to Use
Many of the blade and bit cleaners I researched were flammable. I bought the CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner because it’s non-toxic, biodegradable and non-flammable. It also provides protection from rust/corrosion and received a five-star performance rating from Wood Magazine. Not only that, but it did an amazing job removing all of that gunk from my saw blades!
How to Clean Saw Blades for Peak Performance and Quality Cuts
CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner
Oil drain pan (I got mine at Walmart)
NOTE: Please use caution as blades are sharp!!
Step 1. Remove the Saw Blade. Unplug the saw and remove the blade.
Step 2. Soak the Blade. Work in a well ventilated area. Place the blade in a container like an oil drain pan. Protect your hands with gloves, your eyes with eye protection and lungs with a respirator. Spray the blade with CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner and allow to soak for 15 minutes.
Step 3. Wash the Blade. Most of the pitch just wiped away with a rag.
There were a few spots that were a little difficult to reach with the rag. For those spots, I used a nylon brush. Wood Magazine recommends using a nylon or brass brush, not a steel brush because it could damage the blade. The CMT Formula 2050 Blade and Bit Cleaner practically melted off the residue, so I didn’t feel like I needed anything more abrasive than the nylon brush. Remove any excess cleaner from the blade with a rag.
Step 4. Replace the Blade. Reinstall the clean blade in your saw.
Clean saw blades to improve the quality of your cuts, reduce corrosion of your blades and keep your tools running at peak performance. Not only that, but it’s sooo easy to do!
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