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#1 posted 09-30-2017 09:51 PM

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In the days that I owned a sears table saws the keys in the keyway would always break like Bill asked above about the gauge of your extension cord? I would not use anything less than 12 gauge and if it’s longer than 15ft perhaps 10 gauge.
Looking online sears rates your saw at 1 3/4 hp knowing sears they probably overrate the HP so chances are your saw’s Hp is somewhere between 1 1/4-1 1/2 hp not an extremely powerful saw but it should be able to cut cedar fine especially with a new blade. You might check and see if the wood is pinching the saw blade or your riving knife or if your feed rate is too fast. Also, the belt could be slipping like bill said.
I teach new woodworkers and have had a couple of them over the years start the table saw with the wood up against the blade, that’s a df definite no no, that can burn your motor up.
you said your new to table saws here’s a great blog on the ABCs of table saws.

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