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Posted on Burning up the wood

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#1 posted 01-17-2018 11:18 PM

There is a possibility that there is nothing wrong with your saw….wait, no, strike that statement!!! You really do need a brand new Powermatic PM2000!!!! I am currently waiting for mine to arrive…cant wait too much longer.
Poplar burns very easily, especially if it is good and dry. The other thing about it is that it also seems to grow with a lot of “tension” in the wood sometimes. Put the two together and it is easy to see how the saw could be in adjustment and still burn the wood as it is being cut. Maybe try a little wedge in the saw cut as soon as the cut part clears the blade. Jammed just enough to relieve any tightness and give the blade a little clearance should tell you if it’s that. I have had poplar tighten on the blade so bad when I was ripping it that I had to have 4 or 5 wedges in the cut just to get it thru the saw. Even if it is that, Powermatic is still the answer!!!!!

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