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

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 06:55 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 (?).

- Fred Hargis

Yes, these were all rip cuts. I had no idea different blades were rated for different depths! Looking here I can see that my blade is only rated for a max of 1 1/2” rip cuts. That seems to explain it.

On the burning, I’m fairly certain the fence is well aligned. Some cuts came out with minimal burn, but a few were burned most of the length. I’ll double check it when I’m home.

Guess I’ll be shopping for a dedicated rip blade!

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