|Forum topic by Don46||posted 1740 days ago||3789 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1740 days ago
I’m ripping some 1 1/4” red oak (1×4) on a Powermatic 64a with a new expensive blade made for the purpose.
The wood is binding when it hits the splitter, the engine is stalling, the blade is burning the wood.
I thought I saw the problem: the splitter was out of line, too close to the fence, and it was. I adjusted it and used a straight edge and my eyeball to check alignment. It looks to be in perfect alignment now.
I’m convinced the problem is with the splitter after the wood passes the blade. I can feel it catch and it is hard to feed.
One theory is that we have had a terrific amount of rain and the wood might be damp. It was outside in a dry area and never got any rain on it, but it would have absorbed the damp air. But I’m not sure this explains the particular problem I’m having.
I’ve seen another post here in which the recommended solution was to clean, polish and wax the splitter. I’ll try that today. Can’t hurt.
I’m cutting facing trim for wine bins which I installed yesterday in my wine cellar. (No, I’ve not been tasting any wine in my shop). This is the last stage of my wine cellar project that began in July, and I’ve got a party planned for Thursday to celebrate the opening of the cellar. I need to get this finishing touch done.
Thanks for any advice you can offer. —Don
-- --Don, Columbia, SC