Get more life from abrasives
Apply a cleaning solution
If your abrasives have lost their bite, try cleaning them before sending them to the trash. Abrasive cleaning sticks work great for removing light pitch and sawdust buildup, as shown. But for cutting through heavily built-up pitch and burns, soak cloth-backed belts or discs in a commercial blade and bit cleaning solution (such as CMT's Formula 2050 or Trend's Tool & Bit Cleaner).
Heat, cold, and humidity can negatively impact the longevity of your abrasives. In the case of abrasive belts, environmental extremes can cause the belt splice to fail. Optimum storage conditions are between 35% and 50% relative humidity at 60-80° F.
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