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Cleaning Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nt1, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Any good tips for cleaning hedge trimmer blades?

    What types of cleansers would you recommend?

    What about all the gummed up blades with sap and so on?
    I remember reading somewhere about someone soaking them in a capped pvc pipe. What they soaked them in I forgot.
  2. USM Lawns

    USM Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I you hit the blades with WD-40 or some other lubricant you should have little problems with build up. Spray them before every use.

    If your blades get gunked up try soaking them in Kerosene for short period of time..always works for us.
  3. turf9

    turf9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234

    spray down the blades with simple green let it soak in for 5 mins then brush it off with a stiff plastic brush and rince. I also find when you are pruning spray a mixture of atf and a bit of paint thinner it lubes the blades and keeps some of the sap from gumming them up wile you are using them.
  4. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298


    Kerosene and paint thinner it will be.

    What is atf?
  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    I pressure wash them then , then spray Pam on them. This will keep them fairly clean if you don't forget to use it before it gums up.
  6. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    water might cause rust. I use wd-40 or 3 in 1 oil for lube. Kerosene and motor oil mix makes a great cleaner.
  7. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    I use 1 quart bottles of synthetic gear lube, comes with a nifty spout that lays a fine bead on them and they are good for a few hours
  8. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    I keep my blades lubed with wd-40.
    However, to clean I use a mixture of aerosol brake cleaner plus non flammable safety solvent in my parts washer.
    Once cleaned, the blades are blown dry and heavily coated with wd-40 to resist rust.
  9. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    I use Break Free CLP.

    It's great and seems to stick the the blades a little longer than the Wd-40 does.
  10. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I read on here last year the using all these chemicals can harm the shrubs......it also said to use vegtable oil or "PAM".........I am sure simple green would be fine.....


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