|Forum topic by spunwood||posted 09-18-2010 03:00 AM||10450 views||0 times favorited||40 replies|
09-18-2010 03:00 AM
I just learned a rather inexpensive lesson. Yesterday, I was resawing a piece of wood on my $60 Mastercraft “10 inch saw. The wood kicked back slightly, but I returned it to its position to continue onward. Suddenly it jammed back into the opening infront of the blade. I was not using a zero tolerance insert. The blade seized up and the machine shut down. Smoke curled forth and the beast made an awful stench which my wife kept commenting on. I removed the wood, pressed the reset button, and tried to run the saw, only to experience an awful chattering and grinding noise as the blade turned.
If I had to guess, the spindle (arbor?) which hold the blade and attaches it to the motor was torqued out of position, and the motor is pretty much toasted. It is not worth fixing the machine which has served as a wonderful companion as I began my woodworking. And the machine taught me three lessons before it died: don’t for a piece of wood, inspect it for knots, and USE A ZERO TOLERANCE INSERT!
On the bright side, the lesson was very inexpensive considering the price of the saw and that all of my fingers are still attached to my hand.
But now we are looking at new saws. Two that we have considered, using coupons and other discounts are:
The ridgid 4510 from HD
The PORTER-CABLE 10” Cast Iron Stationary Table Saw with Caster Set from Lowes
If you weren’t looking at price, which is the superior saw?
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