The complete guide to maintaining your tools!
Thanks to our exclusive coatings and unparalleled quality of materials, Kutzall tools are acclaimed for staying cleaner and lasting longer than their traditional counterparts. But, like every well-used tool, eventually it will need maintenance.
If your tool, whether it’s a Rotary Burr, Shaping Wheel, or Hand Rasp, has accumulated too much medium in its teeth and it’s affecting your carving performance, you may need to give it a thorough cleaning.
Not to worry, cleaning and caring for your Kutzall is an easy, straightforward process. Depending on the material you’re carving there are two ways to clean your tool.
Option 1: Burning (for wood only)
What you'll need: A well used Kutzall tool, butane or propane torch, fine hand wire brush, dusk mask or respirator, leather gloves, eye protection, water or a fire extinguisher on standby for safety.
- Set-up in a well ventilated area.
- Unplug the power source and remove your Kutzall from the power tool.
- Ignite your butane or propane torch, and slowly pass the flame over the built up material until it burns and hardens to brittle char.
- Using the hand wire brush, scrape away any excess buildup that's caught in the teeth.
- Repeat burning and brushing as many times as necessary until the teeth are free of debris.
- Allow the tool to slowly cool down to room temperature (do not quench in cold water immediately after burning).
- Inspect the tool for excessive wear, broken teeth, etc. (replace if necessary)
- Reattach to your power tool.
- Carve on!
Option 2: Soaking (Recommended for wood, stone, plastics, and composites)
What you'll need: A well-used Kutzall tool, solvent capable of breaking down your clogged material (mineral spirits, turpentine, or acetone work well), large glass container, fine wire brush, dusk mask or respirator, leather gloves, eye protection.
We hope this article has provided you with some clarity on how to properly clean and care for your Kutzall. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments below and we'll do our very best to answer them!
Hi! I would like to ask how long will the kutzall tool last? How do you compare it to sandpapers?
I have not used Kutzalls on aluminum, but think that sodium hydroxide (Lye/Drano) might dissolve it, especially if hot (be extremely careful – very corrosive!)
Michael Michalofsky, our tools are designed to carve non-metallic mediums. As such, we do not recommend using them on aluminum and cannot provide a “recommended cleaning process” for that material.