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#1 posted 12-18-2013 03:38 AM

Hi Jay,

Ugh. Sorry to hear about the problem that you are having with the 14/12. I wrote the review that you referred to, and I am continuing to have a great experience with the saw. Over the weekend I sliced up a bunch of 11” walnut and it did it effortlessly. I’ve also sliced 6-8” maple without a problem. Today my dad was following a pattern and making some curved cuts on some 3.5” walnut using a 3/8” blade and he couldn’t believe how quickly and precisely it was cutting it up. 4” oak should be absolutely no problem. I agree with your hunch that the blade is dull, which is hard to imagine with that blade, but it is certainly plausible. Apparently the ceramic on the Laguna guides can dull a blade within one full rotation of the blade if the ceramic is in contact with the teeth.

I think that the 220 thing is unlikely, but I’d put an amp meter on the saw to see what’s happening anyway.

I would also try doing a free hand resaw or using a resaw pin to rule out a fence angle problem. I doubt that is the culprit either but it is worth trying. Mine needed no adjustments for drift. The 13” cherry resaw that you saw in the review was done without any drift compensation, or really any tweaking of the saw at all. I have since played with the drift adjustment a bit just to see how easy it was to adjust, and I found it quite easy to realign it properly to the drift angle.

I only had one other thought, and it is probably unlikely that you wouldn’t notice it on a resaw blade, but I actually was recently puzzled by a cutting problem on a band saw and then realized that the blade was installed backwards. My excuse is that it was a finer tooth blade and therefore less noticeable, but in reality I just wasn’t paying attention and it is super simple to do.

I’d stick with the support guys and make sure that they see you through this. I have spoken with two of the Laguna support guys and I was quite impressed with both of them.

-- PaulMayer,

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