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07-16-2011 11:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question milling pine tablesaw

I am trying to rip some pine I have glued together to make legs for an outfeed (5 boards…about 2.75” thick) and it keeps riding up on the blade.

I am using a Steel City 3hp with a WW2 blade.

I have the blade height set correctly as best I can tell.

It won’t let push it thru and clearly I am headed for a kickback.

Is my saw not powerful enough or am I doing something wrong?


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#1 posted 07-16-2011 11:05 PM

Is your rip fence parallel to your saw blade? That’s the first thing I would check.

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 11:10 PM

I do need to check that. It has been several weeks since i set it. Thanks for the reminder Lew

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 04:16 AM

Sounds like an out of parallel situation if the saw blade is sharp. Even if the blade is sharp, try ripping in increments instead of full heights. Good luck, be careful.

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#4 posted 07-17-2011 04:45 AM

I have to ask. Blade on correct, with teeth facing you

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#5 posted 07-17-2011 05:00 AM

Sell that POS on craigslist and get a Ridgid R4512. j/k

Let us know if it’s “non-parallel pinch” or not.

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 06:02 AM

Hot knife thru butter…that’s what you should be experiencing. Definitely check what the others said…it would NOT be a power issue.

-- jay,

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#7 posted 07-17-2011 06:09 AM

Saw should be fine… I have a JET 1.5HP and cut hardwood that size.

Yes – #1 check the fence alignment like Lew suggested.

#2 – Saw blade – I’m not familiar with it. But Norman has asked an important question. I’ve placed the blade on backwards a few times and I should know better. Is that WW2 blade a rip-blade? And last of all, I need to approach this question with extreme caution because I disagree with Bentlyj – a cabinet maker. I’m aspiring to be a cabinet maker and consider myself to be a craftsman at best. I always set my blades so the gulley is showing at the top. Bentleyj – feel free to correct me but I chose this setting because it minimizes the tear-out. It also minimizes the blade lift and lets the blade work at it’s max.

As a footnote – I could convert my JET to a 3HP saw but choose not too. The present 1.5HP setting is just right for me because I can over power any serious kickback event (has happened 3 times in 10 years) which means I have to reset the circuit. Cutting 8/4 boards means I have to find the proper slower feed rate, but I’ve done this many times. Sometimes I end up with some burn marks, but I take out my cabinet scrapers and I’m good to go in a matter of minutes.

In your defense Bentlyj – I worked with a cabinet maker who had a very powerful saw and he rarely rest the blade height. He is a master cabinet maker and earns a good living at it.

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#8 posted 07-17-2011 06:11 AM

If you are parallel with fence then your blade even if sharp may have the wrong angles cut on teeth.


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#9 posted 07-17-2011 07:14 AM

Also make sure you have a splitter (riving knife style is best). Use your blade guard which should have anti kickback pawls and if you can’t, then make sure you have a good quality push stick tall enough to keep your hands out of harms way. And most importantly, don’t place your body directly in line with that blade in case the wood does come flying toward you. Good way to break a couple of ribs. Your problem may be with your fence. If the wood is getting pinched between the blade and the fence it will bind up and not pass through cleanly. Good luck, and be safe.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 11:10 AM

i’m wondering about tension in the timber as your cutting….it could be releasing and you can tell that by watching the cut line and noticing if it is closing behind the saw and rifing knife…..try banging a wedge (a lot safer with an assitant)into the kerf as you cut so that the it prevents binding.if it’s your fence out then you will notice that the saw cutts will only be in one direction instead of a cross pattern

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#11 posted 07-17-2011 05:32 PM

You might try a pushtick that sits on top of your board as you push your board thru the blade. It will help hold the board down.

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#12 posted 07-17-2011 06:04 PM

Yes a” push down” push stick and cut 1/2 way through and flip board for final cut.

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#13 posted 07-17-2011 06:10 PM

I did end up cutting half way and flipping the board. I think it time to get my blade sharpened.

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