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

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 02:11 PM

I use a 40 tooth std kerf Forrest WW2 blade in my 1.5 hp saw. Works fine and has for years, but it works much better since I re-aligned the fence to the blade. Don’t know how it got out of alignment, but it did, and was causing a lot of drag and burning/scorching of the edge being cut. No scorch marks now.

As for light dimming, or even a breaker being thrown, I’m guessing that the internal stresses in the wood are pinching down on the back side of the blade. I’ve had that problem many times. That, and a mis-aligned fence, will bog your blade for sure.

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