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Posted: 9/17/2004 3:41:13 PM EST
I have one of those B&D electric hedge trimmers and I find it's a PITA to clean up the blades after trimming juniper. Simple Green works fair with a lot of scrubbing, but I was wondering if there is something else I can use that will easily cut through juniper sap?

I already tried carb cleaner and Brake-Kleen.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 3:42:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2004 3:43:37 PM EST by DriftPunch]
Why are you cleaning sap off the blades of a trimmer? Off a car, okee dokee, but off a tool used to cut trees? Pending inspection?

It's like cleaning the dirt off a shovel.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 3:43:06 PM EST
try WD40
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 3:57:46 PM EST
Plain ol' paint thinner, kerosene or diesel (whichever is cheaper in your area). Allow to soak overnight (either in a cookie sheet or via wrapping the blades in wet rags...with suitable precautions against spontaneous combustion). Icky gooey stuff will then come off easily with a gasket scraper/mondo screwdriver.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 3:58:47 PM EST
Goo Gone works on a lot of sticky stuff. I keep a bottle in the house.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 4:04:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By mattja:
I have one of those B&D electric hedge trimmers and I find it's a PITA to clean up the blades after trimming juniper. Simple Green works fair with a lot of scrubbing, but I was wondering if there is something else I can use that will easily cut through juniper sap?

I already tried carb cleaner and Brake-Kleen.


Deep woods off
but becareful it eats paint
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 5:16:57 PM EST
There's a product called "Goof Off" that you can get at any good hardware store like Home Despot or Lowe's. I've used this stuff many times on Pine tree sap. It'll do the job nicely.


CMOS
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 5:22:47 PM EST
I know butter works well on Pine sap, I used to work in a lumber mill and it would take the shit off quick.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 5:27:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
It's like cleaning the dirt off a shovel.

hah.

mineral spirits will do it. I think rubbing alcohol will, as well.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 5:35:18 PM EST
I saving the mineral spirits to clean the Yugo M48, but what the hell.

That Goof Off and Goo Gone sounds like a plan too, thanks guys.

Deep woods off? That's an insect repellent.


Link Posted: 9/17/2004 5:37:34 PM EST
GooGone or Oops by brand name

Kerosene, acetone-nail polish remover
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 12:41:25 PM EST
Automotive bug and tar remover??
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 12:43:11 PM EST
Make tea of it.
Juniper berries and sap is edible.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:27:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By Maggot:
Goo Gone works on a lot of sticky stuff. I keep a bottle in the house.



Absolutely, positively what he said !
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