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

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 04:12 PM

I have that same saw and the same blade. I think Freud says that 50T blade is good to like 1.5” maybe? A TK Rip would be better suited for wood that thick.

As for the lights dimming, you need to need to have the saw on a circuit by itself. Whoever had my house built in the 1970’s, had all the outlets in the garage put on individual circuits. So I run tools off one outlet and the dust collection off another outlet. When I tried to run a shop vac with the saw on the same outlet, it would occasionally trip the breaker. With it on it’s own circuit, it never has a problem. I’ve ripped 8/4 Walnut and 8/4 Hard Maple with the TK Rip blade and the saw doesn’t bog down at all. Only problem is stress in the wood pinching the riving knife. Sometimes it pinches so bad I physically can’t move the wood through the saw. I have to shut it down, pull it back and cut again. Riving knives are awesome considering what probably would happen in those situations without one

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