|Review by Sawdust2||posted 01-29-2012 06:05 AM||3807 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a 3 TPI blade from M K Morse. It is a carbide tipped blade and is used in industry for cutting aluminum castings.
This review won’t let me post all the photos but I first used a bi-metal blade from a vendor I really like. I could not get it to track straight. (I set my saw up using Michael Fortune’s method so I don’t get any drift.)
I installed this blade according to Fortune’s method.
This is a 1/2” blade but I was advised to only tension it to a 3/8” blade.
I took a hunk of red oak about 5” wide and 2.5” thick and planed one side smooth.
I wanted to check how much wood would be lost in the cut.
You can see that the cut was almost perfectly straight and the photo of the two pieces of the wood show that the
saw marks are negligible. The top piece was the planed side.
If I were to plane the raw cuts I would lose less than 1/32”, maybe less than 1/64th. Truly, I could feel where the blade sliced but I could only see three or four marks in the 2’ length.
Last year I urban harvested some local wood downed due to a storm. It had been drying in my basement for a year.
So I next resawed some black walnut, maple, oak, cherry and sycamore. Like a knife through warm butter.
Some of you may remember my posts about losing the smoke in my motor a few weeks ago. Motor bogged down while resawing using the bi-metal blade. Not this time. (But the replacement motor is 5 HP, not the measly 1 HP Jet uses.)
I had a Morse blade before and used it for more than 2 years (on that 1 HP motor) until the weld gave out.
I also have a Morse bi-metal blade and will test that out soon and give a report on how that compares.
-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.