How do you keep the hedge trimmer blades clean?

yungmanAugust 3, 2008

Everytime I use the hedge trimmer, the teeth get a lot of dirt stuck on it. I am using fluid firm spray before cutting, it help quite a bit but still not eliminate the dirt. I still have to scrape the teeth with a screw driver. Any better ways to keep the stuff from sticking onto the blade?

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canguy(British Columbia)

PWD from Kleenflo is the best I have seen.Spray it on before cutting and every two hours during use. Spray again when finished to rinse the dirt and sap off.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 11:22AM
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lbpod

Go to your building supply store and buy a length of
downspout, like is used with rain gutters on your house.
The length should be the same as the lenghth of your
hedge trimmer blades. Then fashion a leakproof cap
on one end, and some sort of stand, like a piece of
scrap lumber. Then fill the downspout with plain old
paint thinner and set your hedge trimmer into it and
let it set for a couple of hours. After this you can
give it a quick brushing with an old paint brush and
then a quick dip back in the thinner to rinse it off.
After the paint thinner evaporates, give the blades
a spray of the lubrication of your choice. Personally,
I use WD40, which many here say is not good because it
leaves a waxy film, but I find the waxy film helps keep
the goo from the hedges from sticking as bad.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 11:31AM
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canguy(British Columbia)

"but I find the waxy film helps keep
the goo from the hedges from sticking as bad"
That is why PWD works so well.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 2:18PM
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navistar

Hi Canguy,
Do you know if PWD is available down here in the states?

Thanks,
Chris

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 11:04AM
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canguy(British Columbia)

Try a well equipped OPE dealer. Failing that, an automotive parts jobber, if he stocks the brand, should be able to order it for you. Kleenflo is big in the automotive industry.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 12:29PM
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davidandkasie(Z8 MS)

simple, i use mine maybe 2x a year. by the time i am ready to use them again, anything stuck in there has degraded so much it breaks right apart!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 1:25PM
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weedingmaniac

After years of frustration removing 'baked on' sap/resin from hedge trimmer blades, I just tried KRUD KUTTER by Supreme Chemicals of Georgia- www.krudkutter.com. It was unbelievable! Sprayed it on & the hardened sap began to drip off. I used the smaller nylon brush from a set Harbor Freight sells (Item # 93610)to get into the tight spots.

Presuming it's water based I carefully rinsed off the blades using a bit of dish soap & the brush, dried them carefully, sprayed them with WD-40.... and crossed my fingers it would displace any leftover moisture as listed on their can.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 2:23PM
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yungman

For some reason, I never reply to this thread!! I start using Fluid Film. I spray before and after trimming. All the old deposit disappeared and never even have to clean or do anything about it. No scrubbing, scrapping. Just spray and use and the blade looks shinny!!! You can't get better than that!!!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 2:51PM
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