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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 05-30-2018 04:46 PM 656 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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05-30-2018 04:46 PM

Spent about 30 minutes trying to get my sawstop to essentially recognize a Frued 24th heavy duty rip blade. I finally gave up and went to bed.

I’ve used my sawstop with 10” everlast blade without issue. I put in the Frued and adjusted the brake until it touches a nickel and the warning lights come in indicating I adjust the brake. I was never able to get it to work.

Now Freud blades are under 10”, more like 9 7/8”. I didn’t know this initially. After a few sharpens this blade likely wont work, who knows.

Any tips on getting this blade to work? I’m calling Sawstop soon.

Would a Popular Tools 24t rip blade thats FTG and .145 kerf and .101 plate be too thick? I have some really hard apitong I need to cut and 8/4 maple and 8/4 walnut.

I was going to buy the Popular Tools blade but then worried the plate thickness and kerf thickness means a good difference between the .91 riving knife.

Is .145 kerf vs .91 riving knife too much a difference?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 05:30 PM

I suspect your problem might be in that red coating if the blade has it. The coating can interfere with the signal. I have the same blade (with the hideous red coating) and don’t think I’ve actually tried using it yet, so I’ll be following the thread just to see what other possibilities crop up.

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#2 posted 05-30-2018 05:38 PM

Red coating doesn’t matter, the teeth are still bare carbide.

Was the riving knife locking lever all the way down? It won’t calibrate if it’s up.

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 05-30-2018 05:43 PM

Red coating is fine…I use the blades all the time.

I have a Harbor Freight ratchet wrench, extension and hex socket to adjust the gap. I adjust the gap until I get the solid green light.

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tmasondarnell

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#4 posted 05-30-2018 05:54 PM

I’ve used Freud blades on my SS without issue.

Sorry—I know that doesn’t help.

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 12:12 AM

I suspect that the difference between .145 kerf and .91 riving knife will be a problem.

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