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

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 06:59 PM

Yeah that’s a lot of teeth to push through 8/4 Hard Maple. My Forrest 40T thin kerf combo blade can sometimes burn 8/4 hard maple on the first push. I’d give yourself some wiggle room widthwise (like half a blade’s worth) then take a skim cut, and finish with a handplane. Agree with Fred that misaligned fence might be the issue with burning. With Hard maple it’s probably not pinching the blade, but that would be a suspect if you were cutting a softer wood, especially if you don’t have a riving knife installed.

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