Fast and easy blade and bit cleaning
MicroJig BladeClean

MicroJig’s BladeClean is a self-contained system to make cleaning saw blades and router bits easier.

Suggestions for cleaning saw blades and router bits range from not cleaning at all to elaborate systems with caustic chemicals like oven cleaner. The new BladeClean system from MicroJig aims to make quick work of this chore.

First off, this is not some automated device, but it does give you specialized tools and a convenient container with built-in storage to keep everything you need in one place.

What’s in the kit
The kit starts with a tub big enough to hold 12-inch saw blades. There is a compartment built into the lid to clean router bits, and the main compartment under the lid for saw blades. Recesses in the lid store tools and supplies. In the tub bottom is an abrasive pad.

Tools include a brass brush, abrasive sponge disks and an arbor. The best tool in the kit is a magnetic handle to safely maneuver saw blades.

Saw blade before cleaning
A saw blade with obvious pitch and sawdust buildup before cleaning.
Saw blade after cleaning
After a 1-minute cleaning process, the blade is much cleaner. 

How it works
Not included is the cleaner you need. I’ve had good luck with Dawn Ultra dishwashing detergent. Others recommend products like Simple Green and Pine-Sol. MicroJig and most experts recommend against using any caustic chemicals like oven cleaner or lye.

Whatever you use, mix up about 2.5 quarts. For saw blades, you pour it into the main tub. For router bits, it goes in the recess in the lid. Use the magnetic handle to easily remove your blade from your saw, put the blade in the solution in the tub and let it soak for 10-30 seconds. Then use the handle to rotate the blade backwards over the abrasive pad. Pull it out and turn it over to do the other side the same way.

Even with soaking for only 30 seconds, the system did a great job of cleaning carbide tips. For really tough buildup, you might want to use the brass brush. For router bits use the abrasive disks in a moto-tool. When done, everything packs into the lid, and the lid snaps closed for storage.

Cleaning your blades and bits can extend the time between sharpenings. Learn more at


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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.