How to clean circular saw blades

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Have you ever tried to cut vegetables or meat with a rusty, dull knife? Without any doubt, the experience wasn’t up to the mark. You can’t get consistent cuts if your tool is rusty and dull.

A well-maintained tool will always give precise and satisfactory results. While working with the circular saw blade, you would expect an accurate cut, but prepare to be disappointed. Most people don’t know how to clean circular saw blades. 

Using a dirty blade will put on a significant toll on the saw motor’s longevity. You might have to buy a new one every month. Don’t worry; I am here to save you with some easy-to-follow instructions. Let’s clean that blade.

How to clean circular saw blades: Simple Procedure

A good Corded Circular Saw will ensure a long-lasting service and save a tremendous amount of money. However, the saw blade losses its sharpness and efficiency due to sawdust burn. From time to time, the blade should be clean to avoid resin and pitch development on edge. Learning how to clean circular saw blades will save you from a great deal of trouble. Let’s start…

List of the things you will need 

  1. Water
  2. Rust protection oil
  3. Cleansing solutions 
  4. Hard bristles brush
  5. Cotton cloths
  6. Large pan

 Let’s begin the cleaning process.

Dismantle the blade.

Dismantling the blade can be quite tricky; I will suggest reading the manual first and seeing how the blade is attached to the body. Use a screwdriver or wrench to remove the screw and nuts and put the blade on a large pan. A large pan will give you enough mobility to handle the blade.

Before handling the blade, please put on a thick pair of gloves for safety. 

Brushing the dirt

Bush the dirt and sawdust off the blade; it will enhance the cleaning process. There might be a trace of motor oil on the blade, and only water-wash won’t help it. Try brushing the dirt from the blade before and after the wash.

Dipping the blade on a cleansing solution

Most people use oven cleaner and other stuff to clean, but these might harm the blade’s carbide tips. You should choose a nontoxic & biodegradable cleaning solution, such as a citrus cleaner or any all-purpose cleaner will do. 

Soak the blade in the solution for 6 to 12 minutes. After the dirt is softened, try brushing them thoroughly to get rid of it. 

The dirt, sawdust mixed with oil and other chemicals might be a stubborn enemy for the blade; make sure you eliminate them. A hard bristle brush is recommended over soft bristles. A Soft bristle brush can’t remove the dirt properly.

Please be careful; the blade teeth are quite sharp. So, touching them with bare hands is strictly uninspired.

Dry the blade

Now it’s drying time. Grab the blade and gently rub it with a cotton cloth. Then put it under a fan or dryer, let the water evaporate. Once it’s fully dried up then it’s ready for applying the rust protection oil.

Rust protection process

Usually, the saw blade is electro-coated for rust protection but due to heavy use and improper cleaning, the electro-coating tends to wear out. When you see the presence of rust, you should start applying rust protection oil onto the blade. It will surely increase the blade’s efficiency and longevity.

Reassembling the blade

If you know how to disassemble something, you can follow your footstep back to reassemble.

Until now, you have successfully dismantled the blade, washed it, dried it, now it’s time to attach the blade back. If you can’t remember which screw & nuts go where you don’t worry, the user manual will help. 

After reinstalling the blade properly, you are good to go.

Why should you clean your blade?

Let’s talk about the problems you might encounter if you don’t clean the saw blade properly

  • Using a dirty blade will put on a great toll on the saw motor. The machine might get heated fast, you will have to take a lot of pauses to let it cool, a real wastage of time.
  • It will take more friction to cut, and you will have to put a lot of physical effort to work with it.
  • You will get rough and undesirable cuts.
  • The risk of injury increases with a rusty and dull blade.

Cleaning circular saw blade is fun!

For a risk-free cutting experience, you should use a clean and sharp blade. A dirty, dull blade will only increase your burden, and it’s not worth it. The article’s goal was to teach you how to clean circular saw blades and little tips and tricks to do it effectively. Hope you won’t be a bad workman who blames his tools.

Sophie Turner
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