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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2007, 09:39:15 AM »
May be we should talk about sharpening to solve the other problems?

I cheat.  I send my blades to Woodmizer Resharp.

I only saw on site which means that lots of times a quite a ways from home.  When I have to spend lots of road time getting to the job and back, I try to put as much sawing time in a day as I can so I come home really tired. (maybe it's because I'm getting old)  I really don't feel much like sharpening blades then, nor do I feel like sharpening on the weekend (sometimes I'm sawing then too) and I've never been able to get my blades quite as sharp as the Resharp guys.  Really sharp blades make really nice lumber.  It impresses the customer who then brag to their neighbors who then hire me to do their sawing.  I haven't advertised in 9 years and usually have more sawing to do than I have time to do.
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2007, 11:05:27 AM »
I use the Wood-Mizer blade lube and get almost no sap buildup.   I also keep the blade lube applied at a faster rate if I start to see any buildup begin.

Also, I had a "blade expert" from a well known sawmill manufacturing company  ;D :-X ;D  tell me if I didn't want to spend the money on the WM lube, I could just mix pinesol and a little vegitable oil in the water.   I tried this and wasn't happy with the results.  I may have used to much vegitable oil because the overspray gummed up the mill and made things sticky.   

I'm back to buying the WM lube.  :)
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2007, 01:40:15 PM »
 I mostly have only have cut pine, and hickory. I have been using
   water (5gal.) and pinesol lemon fresh (2cups) no sap build up at all
   smells good too!!
         
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2007, 07:39:14 PM »
 eh eh Ivey (I'm Canadian)

 I know what you mean, I've used some real nice smelling dish soap once and the people around the mill were talking!

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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2007, 07:46:11 PM »
Dr-Buck

Perhaps you were using vegetable oil with transfats.......not good for the arteries of the mill!

 :D :D

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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2007, 07:53:50 PM »
No body has talked about buildup on both sides of the blade. Sawing heart pine I once got so much buildup on the bottom of the blade that the blade rose right out of the cant. My wiper kept the top clean so I modified it to wipe top and bottom, fore and aft. I was using diesel. Anybody else had such a problem?
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2007, 08:01:53 PM »
Minesota-boy :-\

I wish we here in Canada had a resharp program, I know how you feel, out all day in the weather and away from home and tired and looking to get home A.S.A.P. and then having to start all over again by sharpening blades.

By the way I take my time sharpening...Once to clean up the edge and make the teeth all uniform before setting them then sharpen the blade a second time to assure it's the way I like it.

Infact I have a magnafying lens with a light mounted on the sharpener to check out the top edge of the teeth. ::)

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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2018, 08:03:05 PM »
I was told to get Kerosene and wipe the oil off the blades before you install the blade. Supposed to keep blade tracked better?  Is this true?

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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2018, 08:21:47 PM »
I usually flush mine with a good stream of water before I take them off the mill, if that doesn't get it all, I scrape the rest off with a putty knife just before I set them!!

After I set and sharpen my blades, I wipe them down with a rag and ATF!

I don't wipe them off before they go back on the mill, doesn't seem to have any ill affects!
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2018, 09:18:16 PM »
PineSol mixed with the lube water helps keep the blades clean when you are sawing pine. With other woods like sweet gum, I just run an extra good stream of water while cutting to keep the blades clean.

Side note:
If you mix dish washing detergent and water for lube, it can cause the water jug to fill with foam and you will be hours trying to fill it up with a hose the next time you fill the tank. Dont ask me how I know this :D :D
Don't run the jug dry, take the nozzle off the hose and put it under the water level in the jug before turning on the water.  You get much less foam that way.  
I run enough dishwashing liquid to make the water very blue.  Haven't had a build up of sap to cause any issues.  If I start seeing some sap accumulate, I turn the water up a bit until it is gone.  
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2018, 06:12:39 AM »
I don't clean them unless I have 1/4" of pitch on the back side. :D :D :D
And I cut dry all the time. :D :D I don't like wet wood. ;D
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2018, 06:39:46 AM »
   Invert the blade and knock off the sap with the wire brush on your grinder. Wipe with ATF or WD40.

  Be sure to turn them back right side out or they will cut real funny. ???
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2018, 07:39:53 AM »
I use a diesel/bar oil drip with felt wiper on the inside of the blade and a diesel spray on the outside.  The spray is from an automotive windshield washer system.  I no longer have any buildup on my blades, in fact, they are always shiny clean with a layer of diesel/bar oil protecting them.

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« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2018, 07:52:28 AM »
Spray with diesel before taking off then off to resharp they go.
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2018, 09:42:47 PM »
I don't clean them unless I have 1/4" of pitch on the back side. :D :D :D
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2018, 06:37:35 AM »
Some make to much on the blade cleaning and setting, The blades are most forgiving. 
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2018, 07:02:29 AM »
I use a floor standing drill press with a cup brush pressed to a board/fence on the drill press table.  Invert the blade and pull it through to clean it.  

If I have one with residue that doesnt come off with that, I spritz it outside with purple cleaner (sodium hydroxide) and after a few minutes with that it cleans easily. 
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2018, 07:42:44 AM »
I never have anything to clean off.  I use a blade lube that prevents build up.  
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2018, 07:47:49 AM »
Mr Yellowhammer, what do you use?
The Eastern white pine I saw builds up a lot of pitch
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Re: how do you clean your thin kirf sawmill blades?
« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2018, 10:32:19 PM »
I use Cotton Picker Spindle Cleaner pretty much exclusively.  It's a water soluble oil and detergent that is added to water and used to clean very expensive spindles of plant matter and dirt.  It's been very effective for me, and my bands come off the mill as clean and shiney as when they were put on.  The oil is odorless, and doesn't stain wood.  

It can be bought on Amazon or from many Farmers Coops.
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