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    What to clean planer rollers with?

    I have always used Isopropyl alcohol to clean the rollers on my Dewalt planer. In the absence of this product what have you used successful to clean your Dewalt rollers?

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    Mineral Spirits

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    Mineral spirits here as well. Only had to do it once, after a bunch of SYP. A few hundred BF after that and they still look nice and clean.

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    Dave and Myles, thanks for your response.
    A followup questions. After cleaning with mineral spirits do you do anything special to remove the mineral spirits residue or just wipe off excess with a rag?

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    Naptha is a good substitute for the mineral spirits and doesn't leave the residue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Naptha is a good substitute for the mineral spirits and doesn't leave the residue.
    Thank you Jim, I was just about to ask. Mineral spirits no longer available in Gulag California.

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    Rubbing alcohol is good (diluted isopropyl alcohol).

    If you can find neither, then I suspect you might be able to find 'alcohol prep pads' at the pharmacy.

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    Aerosol brake cleaner on a rag.

    Erik
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Rosenthal View Post
    Thank you Jim, I was just about to ask. Mineral spirits no longer available in Gulag California.

    Coleman fuel is basically Naptha. It smells less then thinner to me. Cheaper then paint thinner at about $8.00 a gallon at Walmart in California, for the house brand.
    Bill D

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    bit of lacquer thinner in steel wool, what the old guys used especially from having run pine, nothing put on after

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    I had to google to solve this problem on Saturday as my 733 planer suddenly started slipping. The answer I came up with was denatured alcohol, which I happened to have in a significant quantity as I just bought some for shellac.

    So cleaning went well, but then it started to slip again. I realized that a hose in my DC system had come loose so I had only a fraction of air volume I normally have moving through the planer. Fixed the hose and didn't have any more issues....

    Bruce

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    Denatured alcohol - another thing banned in Cali.

    Good to know about Coleman fuel - I assumed it was more akin to kerosene.

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    Turpentine is the best thing for sap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Rosenthal View Post
    Denatured alcohol - another thing banned in Cali.

    Good to know about Coleman fuel - I assumed it was more akin to kerosene.
    Last time I bought kerosene was before 9/11. I went Sunday afternoon to the local airport and bought a few gallons of jet fuel. Bring a big.. funnel. It stinks less then kerosene.

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    are these metal or rubber? answers will differ.
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