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Cleaning TCT Blades

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

If your saw blades are covered with resin from wood that accumulates on the tips and body over time, they will likely heat up and become dull. Overheating is likely to cause them to losing their ability to hold an edge even if professionally sharpened.

You can keep your saw blades sharper by cleaning them regularly with a cleaning solution available from woodworking supplier.

However, there is another option that you may already have on hand. It is best to avoid using abrasive cleaners on your blades, as they can scratch the surface of the tool which may affect performance. Also, scratches in the surface of the blade will fill with resin, making it more difficult to clean the next time.

A good alternative solution is to soak your blades with oven cleaner. It is non-abrasive, but designed to get out tough, baked-on stains, which is precisely what happens to resin when it accumulates on your tools and is heated by the friction of use.

You might also try soaking the blades in paraffin overnight, then scrub them with a non-abrasive kitchen cleaning pad. However, remember that the solvents are extremely flammable, so take appropriate precautions.

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