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Posted on Saw struggles to cut 8/4 hard maple. Normal?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 06:48 PM

I’m guessing this was rip cuts (?). Did you have burning on the cut edges? More likely it was the blade, with a true rip blade (stay with TK) or at least a combo blade with fewer teeth you may have had more success. Forrest doesn’t recommend rip cuts in wood over 1” thick with their 40 tooth WWII. But the 30 tooth does just fine. Back to the “burning” thing, it’s also possible that the fence isn’t aligned properly (?).

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