Grizzly Hybrid boggs down when ripping

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Forum topic by Spronko posted 02-15-2017 07:19 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 07:19 PM

I purchased the polar bear series hybrid table saw last fall. I have it plugged into 220 and it runs smooth and quiet. However, when I rip even half inch osb it bogs down and I have to constantly stop and let the motor catch up. I thought maybe the blade was our of alignment so I purchased a dial and set it up to check the blade. When I rotated the blade forward to check the clearance, the blade spun backward when I let go. Is this normal? My blade is a little out of align but not so much I thought it would be the issue. I’m using the standard blade that came with the saw. I’ll switch to a diablo soon but I’d like to get this issue fixed first.

Any thoughts?

-- Bill, SW Michigan

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 07:24 PM

Usually the belt is too loose if it bogs down. Check to see if its tight and the nut tightened down.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 07:29 PM

Like Chuck said, check the belt for slippage. If it’s good, then grab a meter and verify that you have 240v at your outlet and switch on your saw. Trying to run a saw wired for 240v on 120v will do exactly what you describe. It might be that one leg is not making a good connection or a wire has come loose somewhere.

As for the belt moving backwards when you move it, yes, that is pretty normal. To avoid that, and make things a bit more accurate as well, turn the blade by moving the motor pulley instead of grabbing the blade to do it.


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#3 posted 02-15-2017 08:33 PM

Check the belts, voltage coming in, connections, capacitors, fix the alignment, and hang that stock blade on the wall.

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 08:44 PM

Everything knotscott said! And the stock blades I don’t think would slow down the unit without smoking the wood a bit from dull cutters. Sounds like something down under.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 02-22-2017 07:36 PM

Thanks everyone for your input. I did see that the belt was loose and I tightened it. A quick check ripping a board and it seems to have done the trick. I’ll have more time to tinker in a week or two.

Thanks again.

-- Bill, SW Michigan

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