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

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 07:07 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

Actually Forrest indicates that the 40 tooth Woodworker II can be used to rip 2” hardwood (for all kerf sizes). It is the 48 tooth Woodworker II that they indicate should be limited to ripping 1” hardwood.

I agree that the 30 tooth dedicated ripping blade would be optimal for the task, but at $145 each the 40 tooth blade seems to be the sweet spot.

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