If you are like me, you spend a lot of times at your workplace. I usually spend a lot of hours of my days just to work with saws. Sometimes I do it for fun and sometimes I do it to complete work projects.
But whatever the case is, I still spend a lot of hours there. You can cut a lot of materials with saws, you can even cut metal with them if you have the right blades. But, most of us, including me use saws only for woodworking.
If you don’t already know, saws use blades to cut the wood. Over time, especially if you work a lot with saws, the blades will get dirty. It doesn’t matter even if you are using the best band saw, scroll saw or any other saw, blades after a while will start getting dirty. Dirty blades lead to poor quality cuts and they can actually be dangerous too.
Many craftsmen including some of my friends think that when the blades get dirty then they should buy a new one. In most cases, buying a new blade isn’t necessary, some of them also cost a lot of money, so when buying new ones isn’t an option then we have to start thinking of new options.
You can get back the results you were getting with blades by just cleaning them. Today we will explain to you how to clean blades with some easy steps so you can stop spending money on new blades. Here you can also learn how to sharpen blades?
What will you need?
A sharp and clean blade is all you need to get the job done. If you see bad results from your saw then at most cases you just need to clean the blades. Unless a blade is broken or damaged then it probably can be used again.
Learning how to clean blades is easy. This process requires some products that are made for cleaning blades. We won’t mention any of the products but any cleaner will do the job, as long as it isn’t toxic. You can experiment with different cleaners to see which one does the job better for you.
Step 1 – Remove Blades
The first thing that you should do is to unplug your saw. After your saw is OFF and unplugged then you can start removing the blade. Since there are a lot of different saws and different models we can’t show you how to exactly remove the blade for each model.
The chances are that you can find how to do it by reading your manual / asking a friend or watching youtube videos. Depending on the model it can be very easy to remove the blades, but it can also be very hard, it all depends on what saw you are using.
If the blade you just removed is dirty, or if it has dust or anything laying around then it’s recommended to use an air compressor to remove the dust or anything else. This will make the cleaning process more effective and it will give you better results.
After you remove blades, you can use an aluminum pan or a Tupperware or something that is big enough to fit the blade. Get the pan and put the blade inside the pan. Once the blade is inside the aluminum pan, start filling the pan with water. I usually use a 0.5L bottle of water, you can use more or less depending on how big your pan is.
Now it’s time to use the cleaner that you bought. Start adding cleaner on the water and then start to mix them. I usually use a cup of cleaner. Again, you can use more or less depending on how big your pan is. You can also add water & cleaner and mix them, and after that, you can add the blade inside the pan.
Step 2 – Clean The Blades
Once you mix the water and cleaner then you can rest and leave the cleaner do its job. I wait 10 to 15 minutes before starting to clean them with my brush. You can also put your finger on the middle of the blades and start moving it in a circular motion, this will help you to get better results and clean the blade better. Keep in mind that the blade teeth are still sharp so you may want to keep your hands away from them.
Now, its time for the cleaning part. Take your brush and start cleaning the blade. I found out that brass brushes do a better job at cleaning a blade, but you can use other brushes too. Feel free to add a cleaner on your brush to get the dirt out faster and better. Start by cleaning the blade teeth one by one, you have to be extra careful because you may hurt yourself.
Don’t get lazy, completely clean the blade by using the brush, don’t leave any parts out. Once you are done now it’s time to dry the blades. Get the blade out of the water and start drying it by using a towel. It’s preferred to have a big towel so you can complete this task faster. Again, be careful when you are working near blade teeth. When you are drying them try to move your hand slower so you don’t cut yourself.
You can also wipe some of the water and cleaner away from the blades with a towel, and then you can use an air compressor to completely dry the blade.
Step 3 – Lubricate your blade & Re-install it
While doing the cleaning process, not only you did remove the dirt but you also removed any lubrication the blade had. Before you re-install and use the blade again, it is recommended to lubricate it. I usually use spray lubricants, but you can use whatever you can to complete this step.
Now your blade is clean and ready to cut wood again. Re-install the blade. You may read the manual that came with the machine to learn how to re-install the blade, or you can watch youtube tutorials that show you exactly how to do it.
Plug your saw and start it. Do a few tests with the cleaned blade, I’m sure you will get the same results you did when you bought that blade. So this is it, this is how to clean your blades with 3 easy steps. If you have any question please contact us.
As you can see, cleaning your blade doesn’t require a big logic. It’s simple, and you can find all the things that are necessary to complete this task around your house. Make sure to clean it slow and good. Always keep in mind that if the blade starts giving you good results again, then you don’t have to spend more money on buying new ones.
In most cases cleaning the blade will help you get better cuts. But if you did everything you can to clean it and it still gives you bad results, then you will have to buy new blades. But still, it’s worth doing this process since it can save you a lot of money.