|Forum topic by MikeB||posted 11-27-2010 08:11 AM||6255 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-27-2010 08:11 AM
I bought a DeWalt DW744X table saw this summer. Though I had used circular saw for rough (read: amateur) carpentry, it was my first experience with a table saw. Moreover, since I never had any real life instruction, I really didn’t haven’t notion of what to expect from operating the tool. By that, I mean that I had no sense of the tactile feedback that informs you of the status of the operation, confirms that things are going as expected, and warns you when something might be about to go badly. This was a little intimidating as I had read extensively about kickback and was eager to avoid an early, painful tablesaw safety lesson.
I’ve used the saw a fair amount. When ripping, I’ve had a problem with blade burn on some woods. I’ve also had the saw bind on me a few times. Also, even on “clean” cuts, i.e., those with no burn or significant resistance, I get a second “grind” sound after the piece has been completely cut, but before the end of the piece has cleared the blade. It seems like the right side of the blade is bumping up against the wood as it exits past the blade.
To check the blade alignment, I removed the insert, took my Starrett combination square and placed the head against the opening into which the the insert is placed. It seemed like there was 1/32” difference between the front and the back, but it’s pretty tough to tell. Maybe it’s 1/32”; maybe it’s less; maybe it’s user error.
However, if there is a 1/32” difference, does that seem significant enough to constitute a blade being considered out of alignment? Would that be consistent with the second grinding sound I’ve been hearing and feeling?