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06-07-2010 04:46 AM
Does anyone that has the R4511 find that it struggles while cutting a hard wood. Today I used the 4511 extensively while cutting hard oak. I still have my 3660 set up in our garage shop and I have used the 3660 (which has the same motor) a ton while cutting many hardwoods with no problems at all. But today my 4511 showed signs of struggle cutting through 13/16” oak.
I will say there are two possible issues that come into play. My 4511 currently has a 60 tooth blade on it, which was the only blade I had in the shop so if I had a 24 tooth blade I certainly would have used that. But my 3660 has cut through 8/4 hard maple with a 60 tooth blade with no problems at all.
The other issue I feel is likely is that since setting up the 4511 I discovered the belt severely creased and because of this the belt runs only on 2/3 of the pully with 1/3 of the belt hanging off the pully. I could not adjust the pulleys in any direction to improve this issue so I am confident I need a new belt. So hopefully when I get a new belt I should see a significant upgrade in the power of the saw. It is hard for me to believe that the 4511 is not as strong as the 3660 since they both have the same motor. I even resaw hardwood with my 3660 with very little difficulty when proper technique and safety practices are applied.
Any advice is welcome. Thanks, Jerry