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Forum topic by Quailguy posted 10-28-2015 05:51 PM 496 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2015 05:51 PM

I have an older Craftsman 10” contractor saw with Exacta-Rip fence. Recently I’ve noticed that the bottom edges of cut boards are chipped off. This happened both with walnut and Baltic birch plywood. I confirmed the Freud blade is perpendicular to the table, aligned to the miter slot, and no noticeable damage to the blade. What am I missing?

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 05:53 PM

What am I missing?

A ZCI maybe?


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#2 posted 10-28-2015 06:10 PM

That may be true, but why all of a sudden? Never saw this problem before, but then again, isn’t that typical of tis hobby…

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 08:32 PM

how many teeth on the blade and what type of grind on the blade?
how long since it was sharpened?
its usually a sign to me its time to sharpen.

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 08:42 PM

Freud Fusion 40 tooth. its worn off but I think its a 33? degree grind. I’ve given in reasonable use for about a year, so you may be right. Thanks


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#5 posted 10-28-2015 08:42 PM

The bottom chips out because the blade is coming out of the wood there and it is not backed supporting it so it splinters. You can either put a sacrificial piece under it for support or a zero clearance insert.

Some wood (plywood especially) chips more than others as well as some types of blades chip more than others.

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 08:58 PM

New zero clearance insert at the least

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 09:55 PM

Is the blade set too high with too fast a feed rate?

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 09:57 PM

I think it’s a sharpness issue, but the zero clearance insert theory makes sense. Off to the sharpening shop. Thanks to everyone.

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 02:54 PM

As the blade got duller, you started getting more tear out.

You still need a ZCI.

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