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#1 posted 05-03-2012 11:23 PM

Doc/Gene you called it. It was something with the blade. I cannot confirm exactly what because I did a few different things all at once. First, I took the WWII off and put on the Ridgid 40 tooth blade that came with the saw on. I had to REALLY work to crack that arbor nut. I may have over-tightened. I have never even unpackaged the ridgid blade up until now. I made a miter cut, and the back of the blade just BARELY grazed the piece, not even enough to leave a mark in the wood (man this blade sucks by the way). I made a few more cuts with the same result. I then REALLY cleaned the WWII with some blade saver and a toothbrush. It didn’t look that dirty, but the before and after were amazing. I have never used this on a saw blade, I clean router bits with it. I put the blade back on the arbor, and was careful not to hammer the nut down so tight. This had better results than the ridgid blade.

So today I learned:
Dirty saw blades can really affect performance
not all 40 tooth blades are created equal
There is such as thing as too tight


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