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

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 04:31 PM

In addition to the above, are you using your saw on a long extension cord? Keep a heavy gauge cord 15ft or less if possible. I had issues with an old craftsman TS when ripping thicker wood because I had it on a 50ft cord. Put it on a shorter one and it was significantly better.

You need a dedicated ripping blade, and a dedicated crosscutting blade will do wonders for how clean the cut is as well. Personally I hate combo blades.

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