1 Avoid excessive moisture or humidity. Otherwise, the blades may rust and/or pit.
2 Keep the saw blades clean to maintain good performance. Accumulated pitch, sap, and other materials may dull the blade, require more push-through force, and generate increased levels of heat through friction.
3 When cleaning the blades, never use a wire brush. Otherwise you are likely to do serious damage. Use a nylon or brass brush. Some woodworkers apply ammonia or Formula 409 cleaner.
4 It’s important to avoid overheating the blade by keeping it too low when cutting hardwood. This can create a thermal crack in the carbide, causing tip fragments to fly backward to possibly injure the operator.
5 Never rest circular saw blades on steel or cement surfaces. Metal on metal or metal on cement can dull the blade by chipping the top grind. Instead, it’s better to set the blade down on plywood or plastic.
6 Always use the proper type of shipping container. Be sure that the blades do not rub against one another, or you are likely to get chipping. It is recommended that heavy cardboard be used or two pieces of inexpensive Luaun plywood with a bolt through them to create a small container.
Source: Forrest Mfg. For more information phone (800) 733-7111 or visit ForrestBlades.com.
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