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Forum topic by Koogle posted 10-12-2015 02:49 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2015 02:49 PM

Hey guys, I’ve come here for a while, but just joined up. Thanks for all the advice in the past – I’ve enjoyed reading all the insights and opinions on topics of interest. But now, I have a specific question, and I’m hoping you can follow through with your typical sound advice.

I have a Shopsmith. I know, I know. But I’m wanting to get away from it, so I just bought a Dewalt 7480 jobsite saw. I’m concerned I made a bad decision. Here’s why:

1. The Dewalt is scary loud compared to the Shopsmith; (The SS sounds like Norm’s saw, at least from Youtube videos.)
2. The Dewalt is leaving burn marks on 3/4” poplar even with a thin kerf blade.

Space is a consideration (2 car garage and 2 cars) so everything has to be on wheels and the smaller the better, which is why I went jobsite size, but I could probably squeeze a bigger saw in if I had to.

So here’s my question(s):

1. Will I get used to the sound? (One plus to the noise is it makes my pulse race when it turns on, which makes me respect the saw even more.)
2. Is there some way to stop the burning?

I can still return the DeWalt and with that money and the money I’m getting from the SS, buy a bigger saw, but I was going to get a drill press instead…

Help! (and thanks!)

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 07:12 PM

The saw is obnoxiously loud. I do think its the nature of a direct drive ts. I have friends with Skill, delta and dewalt, all are loud compared to my cabinet ts.

Burns happen for a few reasons.
1 – if your blade has built up any pitch, this can cause burn. Clean your blade, I’ve used oven cleaner in the past, now I’m using a tool and bit cleaner from Trend.

2 – Is the blade and fence aligned with the miter slots? Poor alignment here will cause excessive rubbing against the blade. Check your saw’s alignment, reference the owners manual for procedures.

3 – A dull blade

4 – ripping a board with a cross cut blade. Are you using a rip or combo blade?

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 07:37 PM

I can’t address the DeWalt question buy your commentary makes me wonder, why are so many Shopsmith owners apologetic about their tools? I have owned owned and regularly used my Shopsmith Mark V model 510 since 1987 and I love it.

-- and

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 07:48 PM

Nicky, the burning was an alignment issue. I did a quick check when I got it with my combination square and all looked well. But I noticed my cut-offs weren’t getting burned, so I took a closer look and it was just a hair out of parallel. Thanks for the tip.

MrToolHunter, I’m not sure. I have two girls both in college. One is going to a four year school, the other to a community college. When asked where they attend, the first one says, “ABC University.” The second one mumbles the name of the community college, but then says she’s going to transfer to ABC in a year or so! Maybe it’s kind of like that with SS owners. We see ourselves as not quite at the same level as the four year college kids. Wrong thinking, I know, because it’s all post high school education. I will be keeping my “shorty” ShopSmith for a while as I have it set up for bandsaw and disk sanding. Very handy.

I like my SS, but am tired of the constant changing. And, I love the rack and pinion fence on the DeWalt. No more tap, tap, tap at the front and back of the blade getting it to line up!

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 08:09 PM

Koogle, Here is some perspective….......I have a tiny basement shop that I sometimes share w/ the wifey when she enters to use the washing machine. I just bought my first TS DW745 which is I believe one step down from yours. I really didn’t notice the loudness b/c I just thought it was supposed to be loud ( even while wearing my Nascar Radio headphones for ear protection). I love it and I love that its loud. You may have gotten spoiled w. your old quiet TS.

Is there a correlation in $$$ to loudness of table saws?

I cant help you w/ the burn marks. In my opinion your dewalt was not a bad decision and if $$$ is a factor than you can get used to the sound or maybe even try better ear protection. Rock on and good luck man.

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#5 posted 10-12-2015 08:30 PM

I’ve had several job site saws and they were all very loud.
As monster1971 said, I figured all saws were loud.
Recently I purchase a Delta 36-725 and I was amazed how quiet it was.
I’m hooked.

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#6 posted 10-12-2015 09:15 PM

The noise level is because it’s a direct drive saw, once you have a belt and pulley then it’s much quieter.

I’m also in a 2 car and it takes juggling but you can make a full size fit & work. This habit er I mean hobby seems to progress into more and more complex builds as the skills are established, I would recommend that you do what you have to to start with a good saw, LOTS of good contractor 27” saws come up on Craig’s list along with most other tools to build the shop.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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