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What's your method? What products do you use to remove the pitch from your saws?

I cut mostly coniferous trees and it seems it makes a mess of my saws in a hurry. Soaking a rag in carb cleaner and good old fashioned elbow grease seems to work best, but it's hard on the components/finish.
 

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Even after the saw has been run hard and is hot and the pitch is baked on and dry?
It used too take it off everything ropes bars Saws even the workers when I did tree work. If I remember right it says it right on the bottle
 

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Even after the saw has been run hard and is hot and the pitch is baked on and dry?
I don't cut much soft wood so I'm not really an expert but the alcohol has worked good for what I've needed to clean up. Baked on might be another story.
 

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I think I read it somewhere that pine sol works too. I've never used it personally. I usually use the carb cleaner on a rag trick. Four paws is right though about it being tough on things. It will take the paint right off a bar or crank case if your not careful
 

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Rubbing alcohol worked fairly well...way better than I thought it would.

Although carb cleaner works better, alcohol is so much friendlier on plastics, paint, etc.

Mineral spirits do not work, nor does gas or WD-40.

Rubbing Alcohol for the win!
 

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Ayuh,.... A well known secret up in Maine, is pine pitch cleans up with plain ole Butter,.....

Rub in the Butter, 'n wash it off with Dawn dish soap,....

Don't matter whether it's yer hands, or yer saw,...

Plain ole creamery Butter,.....
 

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Ayuh,.... A well known secret up in Maine, is pine pitch cleans up with plain ole Butter,.....

Rub in the Butter, 'n wash it off with Dawn dish soap,....

Don't matter whether it's yer hands, or yer saw,...

Plain ole creamery Butter,.....
Never heard that one!!
 
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