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Floyd Hall

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#1 posted 02-24-2018 10:49 PM

On the main question, I agree with everyone else. Are the cuts too heavy for a 1.5hp or could something be causing a loss of power? My saw was feeling anemic for awhile and I found a loose wire. Cleaned the terminals, tightened everything up and it ran as good as new. Extension cords and dull blades are also culprits. Rip blades require a lot less power for ripping than crosscut, general purpose, or combo blades. But there are limits to what a 1.5hp saw will cut in 1 pass. Sometimes I cut 1/2 height then make a 2nd pass at full depth especially when ripping and I m too lazy to switch out the blade for a few cuts.

- Woodknack

Been working for months on this. Got two new blades, checked the alignment, put new 220v service and and rewired the saw. Now I’m putting on a new fence face and making zero clearance inserts with splitters. My guess is I’m asking for more than the saw can comfortably do. Problem is I need the mobility of the saw, but I also need it to make better cuts. Right now it struggles with 6/4 hardwoods. It cuts fairly straight, but I get a lot of burn marks. I don’t make these kind of cuts very often, but I have some coming up and I’m very reluctant to go ahead and try them.

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