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

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 04:39 PM


Your experience brings to mind one of my earlier projects. The project was a workbench. The material was 8/4 hard maple, and the saw was a Craftsman 1-1/2 hp saw probably equipped with a Craftsman rip blade. Twelve 6’ rip cuts in all. I recall this project only because the each rip cut was slow going, the saw was bogging down, the cuts were burning and basement workshop was filled with smoke. Somehow I managed to power through the cuts and finished the workbench. The tips provided thus far would have sure been handy for me back in the day, but 8/4 maple is a tough material to cut.

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