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yellowtruck75

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03-04-2012 11:08 PM

I was cutting 8/4 Wenge today on my 3HP Sawstop cabinet saw today and it was so hard that it bound up the blade. It took all i could to get the piece off the saw after I stopped the motor. Anyone ever have this happen before?


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Ben

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 11:30 PM

Wow! How was it bound? Was the kerf that tight or were the teeth caught at the front of the cut?

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 11:30 PM

That’s what happens when you rip solid woods on a table saw.
Wood dries with internal tension in it. That is what you’ve
encountered. This stuff causes kickbacks.

This is the reason some of us consider ripping on the band saw
a safer and less wasteful choice. The band saw does not
kick back.

You can safely finish the rip by snapping a chalk line and band
sawing to it.

And yes, I have had it happen before. Despite my admonition
I do rip solid woods on the table saw, but seldom longer boards.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 12:21 AM

Is the kerf closing up and pinching the rear of the blade? If so put little wedges in the kerf to keep it from closing up you may need several on a long board.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 12:28 AM

+1 what Bondo said. I always keep a couple of hardwood wedges on the fence when I’m ripping lumber. I have a splinter and when it starts grabbing onto that, I stick a wedge in.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 12:30 AM

Got to love band saws for this type of cutting

-- Norman

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 09:31 AM

wax the blade heavy that should do the trick

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 03:23 PM

Yep! Use wedges. And WATCH OUT FOR SPLINTERS in that wenge. That stuff will nail ya. Sure is pretty though.
Bill

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 01:05 AM

Whenever I get one that binds up on me, I stick a common screwdriver in the end of the board to hold it apart and go back to it. Usually takes care of the problem for me. I dont have a bandsaw and agree its a safer choice but after using my big 12” 5 horse grizzly and ripping 16/4 walnut for legs, this is what worked for me

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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