Cleaning a table saw blade might sound unsafe. Panicking already?
If yes, then stop stressing out as you aren’t the only one who has faced this intimidation. Therefore, I have found out the most effective and less troublesome tips on how to clean a table saw blade.
Now speaking of the table saw blades — just like any other tool, it’s prone to get dirty over time. Because the blade melts the pitch due to heat build up. And later on, the melted pitch adheres to the teeth of the blade acutely.
Initially, this is not something that comes off automatically. You have to do your part of labor in order to remove the baked-on debris from your table saw blade. Hence let’s wade through the cleaning steps one by one!
Before You Clean the Blade!
There are few things that you might find helpful before you start cleaning your table saw blade.
For instance, you may ask the reason why you are supposed to clean your table saw blade or when to determine doing so.
Well, if you are using the table saw frequently, then it’s most likely to get sapped and pitched because of the amount of heat build up during operation.
Your blade becomes blunt and dull.
When you notice getting improper cuts or feel any sort of disturbance or discomfort during operation, it’s the very time you gotta clean the table saw blade.
Where many people prefer replacing the saw blade, some choose to follow maintenance hacks to regain sharpness.
Now without any further ado, check out the steps and make sure you have followed the basic safety precautions to prevent accidents or foreseeable injuries.
Easy Steps to Clean a Table Saw Blade Effectively
Follow these quick and easy steps to clean your table saw blade without any extra hassle.
Step 1: Gather the Things You Need
First of all, ensure having these things in hand,
- Detergent (not the one with strong chemicals)
- Soft wire-bristle brush or brass ( you will find it on amazon)
- Aluminum dishpan
- Dry wipes or clothes
once you have all the material, move on to the next step.
Step 2: Disengage the Blade
Remove the blade by following these steps: detach the blade guard, raise the blade, loosen the arbor nut, remove the nut using your finger and pull out the blade from the arbor.
Step 3: Drown It in the Cleaning Solution
Once you have removed the blade, it’s time to make a cleaning solution with water and a few sprinkles of laundry detergent. Mix it well so that the bubbles out.
Now before you dip the blade into the solution, use a dry cloth or wipe to dust off the loosened debris or remnants. After that is done, submerge the blade into the cleaning solution and let it sit for a few minutes
Step 3: Let the Blade Move in a Circular Motion
Here you have to stir the blade in the detergent water by keeping your index finger in the center of the blade. You will find a hole there. When you push it slightly using your finger, the blade slowly rotates in a circular motion. Consequently, the cleaning agents penetrate the deep and most critical parts.
If you are afraid to use your fingers, you can use a soft wire-bristle brush or brass.
Step 4: Scrubbing Time!
Now it’s time to fight the grossest and grimiest dirt through scrubbing. Use the bristle brush and continue scrubbing till the dirt comes off the blade. If you have access to a brass brush, then it would be more helpful in this regard.
Make sure you are wearing gloves in the time of scrubbing and avoid being too aggressive about it.
Step 5: Get Rid of the Water
After all the cleaning task is done, you have to dry the blades to get rid of the water as early as possible. Because as we all know, water is the soul sister of rust and corrosion. Hence if you leave it damp, it might invite some enemies. Thus, always ensure blow-drying the blades for instant drying.
Step 6: Keep It Where It Belongs
Lastly, re-install the clean, and shiny blade in the table saw arbor and tighten the nuts to secure the grip. Tada! Your table saw blade is back with its cutting essence!
As a wise man once said, cleanliness is key to obtain durability. Sorry, I just made it up.
Anyways, make sure you clean your table saw blades depending on the extremity of use.
If you use it regularly, then weekly cleaning can work just fine. In other scenarios, consider cleaning it every month or any periodic time that works for you.
I hope this was helpful.