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#1 posted 07-13-2012 12:35 AM

I have a similar model ridgid and I had similar feed and speed issues.

Here is what I did:

A freind had a 1.5 HP motor which fit with litlle mod.
I also put in a riser block and gaurd kit fron Grissley which fit perfectly.

So no I run a 105 inch blade and that gives me plenty of head room for my carvings.

The speed and feed is more related to the blade and tpi that you have it seems. I was running a 6 tpi and it was slow even with the new motor. The new motor would not bog down but the cut rate was still slow. I switched to a 3 tpi blade and now my cut speed is very fast. So what I have learned is that it really matters what blade you use regardles of HP.

If I had a 1HP motor I would put it on. It should only6 take an hour or so and you might have to cut a little sheet metal on the gaurd but it will be worth it. Then I would experiment with different blades until you find the best amtch.

Good luck.

Tom Davis

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