Very bad burn marks with new blade

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06-07-2015 06:24 AM

I just purchased an Infinity Super General blade:

It is being used with a 1.5hp Delta contractors table saw. While ripping 5/4 oak, I am getting horrible burn marks. I even get some slight burn marks while cutting 3/4 plywood. I switched back to an older Delta general purpose blade and get no marks at all on either task. Could it be a bad blade? Any ideas?

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 07:09 AM

I would say it has too much teeth for riping. This is more of a crosscut blade.

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 12:39 PM

Geez, I have a 40T Freud on my table saw, (Rigid), and I don’t have any burn marks on any woods I rip, even cherry. Its been on there for a little over a year. Maybe you are not pushing it through fast enough?

I keep up a steady push forward, not enough to bog down the motor, but steady enough that I can hear the motor working.

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 12:51 PM

When was the last time you calibrated your fence, blade, and table?

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 12:58 PM

I ordered the same blade a few months ago. I had the same issue. It turned out to be defective. Contact infinity.

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 01:36 PM

If a different blade is not giving you the burn marks, I’d say that rules out misalignment or bad technique. I’d also rule out that being the wrong blade for the job, since it is billed as a general purpose blade. A dedicated rip blade is best if you’re going to be ripping a lot of lumber, but a general purpose blade should do what you’re asking of it without burning.

Bottom line: I say defective blade.

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 01:52 PM

Yep. My 40t Forrest rips like a champ.

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#7 posted 06-07-2015 02:39 PM

It’s always possible that it’s defective. The SG has very tight side clearances…5/4” is pushing the limits for ripping with that blade, especially if it’s not flattened. Try raising the blade a bit, and make sure the blade is clean. That’s a cut I’d prefer to make with a 24T or 30T blade, or a 40T -50T blade that doesn’t have such tight side tolerances.

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#8 posted 06-07-2015 03:20 PM

I’ve got an 80 tooth I rip with and no ripping lol. Sometimes get too lazy to change to my 24T

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#9 posted 06-07-2015 04:17 PM

Burn usually feed rate. Pick it up a bit. Are you experiencing motor bogging down with higher feed rate?

Another thing to check. Rip partially through a board and can’t t motor off remove and look at kerf. If it’s closing then the burn is related to the material.

I work a ton with cherry and it burs like a son of a gun. I use a Forrest 40t and any burn that appears I can fix with faster feed

Good luck

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#10 posted 06-07-2015 05:03 PM

I have the same blade, same saw, same results. I wish I’d never bought this blade. My blade and fence are aligned to within .003”, so I believed it was my fault for getting a full kerf blade for a 1.5HP saw. However, I keep seeing other people apparently getting away with it, so I dunno. I switched to a ten dollar 7” Diablo blade meant for circular saws, and I’ve never been more pleased. It’s only limitation is height, as far as I’ve been able to tell. It’s only 1/16” thick, so it’s fairly flimsy, but it effing works. Beautiful cuts. I use the infinity when I dont’ care about burn marks or I just absolutely need the height. The infinity catalogs make great kindling, so I guess I came out ahead.

Oh, one thing I did to help was make a zero clearance plate with a splitter. Without the splitter sometimes the tension in the wood would pinch the blade so hard the circuit would blow.

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 02:44 PM

Infinity responded to my email about this problem and suggested you contact them
for further assistance.

Good luck now.

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#12 posted 06-09-2015 11:50 PM

I have never used an Infinity blade but reading through all the comments it would seem that it is the blade.
I have had great results with DeWalt fine finish blades, and as others have said, Freud.

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#13 posted 06-10-2015 12:17 AM

Do you have the blade on backwards?

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#14 posted 06-10-2015 01:49 AM

I just bought this blade and it is really not a general purpose blade. It is a high ATB grind. Works great ripping 3/4 stock or less. Works decent with 4/4 if feed rate is patient. It is virtually chip free on plywood. But it is mediocre at ripping 5/4 or thicker material. It also excels at cross cutting. I improved burning on 1” maple by slowing the feed rate. Seems counterintuitive but my thoughts is that it doesn’t clear chips as easily as a conventional ATB so the slower feed rate helps. I like the blade a lot because I use 3/4 and less in terms of material. When I rip thicker stock I have a Freud dedicated rip blade. Compared to my Woodworker II, it is better with 3/4 material but the Woodworker II is better with thicker stock.

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#15 posted 06-10-2015 02:37 AM tips on how to use this blade correctly : )

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