So, after assembling my TS, I was excited to try my first cut with stock blade & stock insert. I was cross-cutting (?) some scrap LVL stock to make sawhorse legs, when one of the cut-offs, slid in between the blade and insert binding the saw blade to make it stop. One of the teeth actually broke off of the blade and was embedded into the off-cut. I re-enacted the scenario in the photo below.
My first reaction was, “Oh man, this is why people use zero clearance inserts”. So, I made my first one. Problem now, is the blade seems to be ‘off’. Obviously the wedge had it bent way over, and I’m sure if I removed the blade, it’s bent, but I didn’t assume it would be off by a full kerf. See photo of installed ZCI and blade not being parallel with fence in locked position. (Note: Fence is parallel with table, etc.)
So, my questions are these:
1) Why not speed up the purchase of a WWII now that my blade is shot?
2) Is there a chance this bent the arbor (or something similar) or knocked the blade out of alignment?
3) I was sort of going with the factory settings regarding alignment, and wasn’t planning on aligning perfectly until such project warranted. Perhaps I should speed this along.
4) When saw is unplugged, and I spin blade by hand on new ZCI, it definitely rubs once per revolution when it shouldn’t.
5) Can I keep this blade with the missing tooth (sounds like my cousin Earl) for rough cuts, etc.?
6) I have riving knife. I suppose I should set this up ASAP as this would help with safety?
-- Less is More.....expensive