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Forum topic by dalec posted 10-12-2007 05:06 AM 1038 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dalec

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10-12-2007 05:06 AM

Hi

First, thanks to all of you for your words of welcome and support to this new member.

This is my second forum topic. I bought a used Bosch 4000 and had to have the undercarriage replaced at the factory service center. They were very professional and helpful by the way.

After getting the TS home from the factory service center, I began to prepare the saw for my first use. I did all the alignment steps indicated in the manual, including aligning the blade, fence, miter, etc. I do not have precision alignment tools, just used tools suggested in the manual. I know I am fairly close, not perfect on the alignment steps. I also cleaned the old blade that came with the TS. I noticed the blade (a low to moderate priced carbide blade – (not one of the recommended name brand blades from the forum discussions). The used blade has one missing one carbide tooth and was caked with saw dust. Anyway after cleaning it off, I ran a couple of light cross and rip cuts to test the saw. I found even with cross cutting that I was getting slight burning. I ripped a 3/4” board and notice more pronounced burning. Part of this is likely technique on my part. Finally, I trimmed a 2X to square up and found the blade splintered the 2x more than I would have expected from a 60T blade. By the way, my compound mitre saw came with the same brand blade but with 80T and it’s cuts are very smooth.

The table saw was not in particularly good condition nor was the blade.

I would like your take on whether the burning is a sign that I need more work on the on alignment or do I need to “bit the bullet” and get a decent new combination blade to reduce the variables in this equation? If it is a new blade, any recommendaitons for a novice on a budget, but know I don’t necessarily need nor afford the best quality, but need to buy good quality blades.

Thanks,

Dalec


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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 10-12-2007 05:20 AM

Burning is most likely a misalignment, the splintering is due to the old blade. You should pick up a cheapo dial gauge to help with the alignment, it’s amazing what a difference getting your saw perfectly aligned will make.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 10-12-2007 05:21 AM

For a mid-priced blade you can’t go wrong with Freud, and if you want to kick it up a notch go with Forrest.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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dalec

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#3 posted 10-12-2007 05:32 AM

Damian, Thanks for the two suggestions. My table is alumium, so I am thinking a magnetic base dial gauge won’t work the only one I have seen that might would be ones that fit into the miter gauge track.

I have also looked at the Freud saw blades. Do you have any specific recommendations as far as an all around combination blade from Freud that you might recommend as a good starter blade?

Dalec

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#4 posted 10-12-2007 05:43 AM

Here is a link to an alignment tool I have seen at the wood shows. It uses the miter gauge track.

http://www.in-lineindustries.com/alineit.basic.html

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dalec

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#5 posted 10-12-2007 05:54 AM

Thanks, WayneC

I have seen the ads for superbar which is similar to the Alineit basic. I will have to do more research. I am coming to the conclusion that a more accurate tool for alignment will go a long ways to a better woodworking experience and likely avoiding a whole lot of frustration in the long run. This along with a better saw blade.

DaleC

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