Tips & Tricks

Blade and Bit

Cleaning Tips

Here are some tips for cleaning your Dura-GRIT tools to help keep them long lasting.

Blade & Bit™ - Resin, Gum and Pitch remover 

A product known as Blade & Bit, Resin, Gum and Pitch remover is a non toxic US product developed by Boeing Aircraft Company. It is very effective at removing debris from blades and burs, is available at Sears, Woodcraft, West Marine and other fine stores.  DuraGRIT highly recommends this product:

Blade & Bit™ http://boeshield.com/catalog/#bladeandbit

If Blade and Bit is unavailable in your area, then the following are tips for cleaning...

 

Cleaning DuraGRIT® tools:

The already amazing working life of DuraGRIT® carbide tools, can be further extended by regular care and cleaning.

Following are some cleaning tips:

Hi-Speed Rotary Carbide Cutting Wheels & Carving Burrs
Model # begins with: SR- or LR-

Everyday debris: (e.g. Sawdust)

  • Run the tip or wheel in the bristles of a wire brush at medium to low speed.
  • TIP: Clean regularly to avoid build up and accumulation

Accumulated clogs: (e.g. Sawdust, laminates etc.)

  • Run the tip or wheel on the face or edge of a commercially available ‘uncured’ rubber block

Sticky Clogs: (e.g. Wood sap, resin or old paint)

  • Remove the screw and washer that secures the wheel or tip to the mandrel
  • Soak the tip or wheel in solvent such as acetone (available from most hardware stores), for 5-10 minutes (Wear rubber gloves)
  • Remove from solution and brush with a wire brush to remove any remaining residue
  • Re-assemble the wheel to the mandrel, placing the red washer between the wheel and the mandrel.

Stubborn clogs: (e.g. Burned wood - carbon)

  • Remove the screw and washer that secures the wheel or tip to the mandrel
  • Place the wheel or tip on a saucer and spray with oven cleaner.  
  • (Wear rubber gloves and take normal precautions not to spray yourself or inhale the product spray)
  • Leave for an hour and flush with water while rubbing with a wire brush
  • Re-assemble the wheel to the mandrel, placing the red, fibre washer between the wheel and the mandrel.

HAND TOOLS (HT-) and DISCS & BLADES (DB-): 

Note: DO NOT run hook & loop orbit sanders during cleaning.

Everyday debris: (e.g. Sawdust)

  • Vigorously rub the surface of the sheet, file or disc, with a stiff wire brush.
  • TIP: Brush regularly to avoid build up and accumulation
  • TIP: TruSanders have dust collection channels behind the perforated carbide plate. Simply ‘tap’ the handle on the bench to clear sawdust.

Accumulated clogs: (e.g. Sawdust, laminates etc.)

  • Rub the surface of the tool with a commercially available ‘uncured’ rubber block

Sticky Clogs: (e.g. Wood sap, resin or old paint)

  • Remove the carbide sheet or disc from the handle or sander
  • Brush the sheet or disc with a wire brush dipped in acetone to remove any sticky residue
  • Allow time to dry before re-installing
  • TIP: Save time and effort, use ordinary disposible discs for sticky surfaces and throw the clog away with the disc. Save your DuraDisc for clean sanding.

Stubborn clogs: (e.g. large accumulations of hard sap, paint residue etc.)

  • Remove the carbide sheet or disc from the handle or sander. 

LOOP BACKED SANDING DISCS
DuraDisc DB-DS5

  • Heat the loop backing with a heat gun or hair dryer until the adhesive softens enough to peel off the loop pad. 
  • Lay the sheet or disc on a non flammable surface (e.g. concrete block) and burn the clog from the sheet or disc  with a propane torch. 
  • (IMPORTANT: Take normal precautions not to burn yourself or inhale fumes/smoke etc.)
  • When cool, rub the surface with a wire brush to remove burned residue. Re-mount sanding sheet to the handle. 
  • In the case of sanding discs, clean the non-grit side of dirt, dust and oil with Rubbing Alcohol and apply a new, white, DB-DL5-HD2, loop pad (click here for more details), carefully following the application instructions that comes with it.
  • TIP: The best way to deal with stubborn clogs, is to avoid them in the first place. Save wasted time and effort cleaning. Use ordinary disposible discs for sticky surfaces and throw the clog away with the disc. Use your long life DuraDisc for clean sanding.

 

Safety Tips:

  • When using DuraGRIT® Tools, always wear eye protection and respirator mask.  (Cutting, sanding and grinding tools create dust.)   
  • Never run DuraGRIT® tools with black mandrels, in reverse.
  • Insert a DuraGRIT® extra strength, black mandrel into the collet or chuck of your drill, up to the shoulder.  One piece shafted tools, insert at least 50% of the ungritted portion of the shaft into the chuck or collet.
  • Do not mount a DuraGRIT® wheel or screw tip part, on a third party mandrel. Only use DuraGRIT® Extra strength black mandrels and screws.
  • Do not touch a rotating DuraGRIT® tool.
  • Do not use a DuraGRIT® tool that has been dropped.
  • When cleaning DuraGRIT® tools, wear gloves, eye protection and respirator.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

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