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Learn how to clean saw blades! Clean blades improve the quality of your cuts, reduce corrosion, 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.

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How to Clean Saw Blades

A while back we looked at . In that post, I mentioned I bought a from a high school shop teacher and he had given me a can of to maintain the tool just like he did. While I was researching the wax for the I stumbled on 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.

What Could Happen if You Don’t Clean Saw Blades?

While researching the I found two excellent articles by . In the first article 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.

How to Clean Saw Blades

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 they outline the quick process.

Many of the saw blade cleaners I researched were flammable. I bought the because it’s non-toxic, biodegradable and non-flammable. It provides protection from rust and corrosion. Plus, it 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!

Watch and learn how to clean saw blades in this quick video!

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NOTE: Please use caution as saw blades are sharp!

How to Clean Saw Blades

Step 1. Remove the Blade from the Saw

Unplug the saw and remove the saw blade.

Step 2. Soak the Blade in Saw Blade Cleaner

The is non-flammable but we still need to work in a well ventilated area. The CMT Formula 2050 saw blade cleaner is non-toxic, but we should protect our hands with gloves, our eyes with eye protection, and lungs with a respirator.

We’ll start by placing the saw blade in a container like an oil drain pan. Next, we’ll spray the saw blade with and let it soak for 15 minutes.

How to Clean Saw Blades

Step 3. Wash the Blade with Saw Blade Cleaner

Most of the pitch just wiped off of the saw blade 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. A steel brush could damage the blade.

The 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.

Reinstall the clean blade in your saw.

How to Clean Saw Blades

Now you know how to clean saw blades! 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!

Thank you for stopping by. If you found this information helpful, would you please pin it to Pinterest? Other DIYers would appreciate it and I would too! Thank you – Scott

Clean blades improve the quality of your cuts, reduce corrosion, and keep your tools running at peak performance!

- Remove the Blade from the Saw

- Soak the Blade in Saw Blade Cleaner

How to Clean Saw Blades

- Wash the Blade with Saw Blade Cleaner

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Thanks for reminding me. I have the exact same CMT spray bottle sitting right here. For a minute there I saw this photo and thought maybe I could get away with cleaning it while still on the saw. But no, in the lower photo I see you’ve taken it right off and put it in the tray for cleaning/soaking. I’m lazy so I never get around to it.

I used to have the Empire Manufacturing brand blade saver , that stuff was amazing, worked so quickly, just a small amount on a rag was all you’d need. I heard it was developed by NASA, sadly the company disappeared by the time I went to buy more. Always the way these days

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