circular saw blade

Circular saw blades can often cost as much as $20-$25 so you not only want to keep them nice and sharp but clean as well.

A build-up of pitch and tar can quickly dull a blade and even make it smoke when it goes through wood.

You can clean saw blades fairly quickly with ordinary oven cleaner. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area or even outside for this.

  • Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil and place the saw blade on the foil.
  • Using protective gloves, spray both sides of the saw blade with oven cleaner.
  • Wrap the blade inside the aluminum foil and let it set for about an hour.
  • After the appropriate time has elapsed simply fold back the foil and using steel wool gently scrub away the grime.
  • Rinse with water and allow to completely dry before storing.
  • You may also apply a coat of oil to protect the blade before storing.
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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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