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care of hedgetrimmer blades

Is it OK to use degrasant to clean the blades ? prior to lube; with gloves on 

I watched a you tube recently where the man suggested spraying diesel on the blades regularly. He seemed to oppose all arguments against and I was wondering whether any other gardeners followed this practice....

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  • i just brush mine with old engin oil when i put it away for the night somtiems a quick steel brush before i do if its sappy 

  • Tar & Bug remover from a car shop is the best for cleaning headge cutting blades, in my experience. I avoid using a dedicated degreaser as I’m paranoid it can seep through to the gearbox and ‘split’ the grease inside.

  • I really wouldn't worry too much about the blades.................. in 20+ years, I've only used blade "cleaner" once a couple of months ago just to see what it did.  Not a lot!  Even when I put it on the blades and scrubbed with a nailbrush, they stayed exactly the same.   again, lubrication............ very rarely use any and have never had a problem with wear.... I find the sap lubricated the blades pretty effectively................ I've tried the GT85 spray sometimes but don't really notice any benefit.  It's worth remembering that the blades are only resting against each other and not under any signicant pressure. 

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    I use Kramp resin remover, spary on agetate with a small wire brush blades come up like new, it works really well.

  • WD40 is what I use. I sray it on at intervals during use and apply it after use. It lubricates but also cleans the blades. It will break down and remove any 'green' build up.

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