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Forum topic by Maximillian posted 06-02-2009 05:13 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Maximillian

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06-02-2009 05:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw saw blae arbor size forrest woodworker blade tablesaw

G’day from New Zealand
I have a cabinet saw with a 3HP motor and 1” arbor size. I want to replace the cheap blade that came with it with a Forrest Woodworker II. However, that has only a 5/8” arbor on the 10” model.
I would appreciate any advice on whether its a good idea to use a reducing bush or similar so that I can use a blade with 5/8” arbor.
Cheers
Max

-- Max, New Zealand


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#1 posted 06-02-2009 05:40 PM

Clarify for me whether your saw has the 5/8” arbor or a 1” arbor. The saw blade must have a 1” hole to fit a 1” arbor on your saw. You can use a bushing on a 1” hole in the blade to take it down to a 5/8” saw arbor, but not the other way around. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 05:50 PM

Hey Max saw
Many saws in the USA that have 1” arbors are 12” or larger saw. Are you sure your saw is not a 12” saw?

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 10:43 PM

Hi Kent & Jim – thanks for your posts
My saw is a generic Chinese brand. It comes from the SMI factory and is sold in New Zealand under (at least)three different brand names. Unfortunately, we no longer manufacture such machinery in New Zealand and we hobbyists are faced with either this low cost and quality Chinese stuff or very expensive professional grade equipment. I have just noticed that the picture of me to the left shows me working at the saw.
While I haven’t taken the blade off the saw and run a ruler over it I am assured by the retailer that it is a 10” blade with a 1 ” arbor. I guess now that you have explained it, Kent, it is quite obvious that I can’t bush down a 1” arbor.
Jim, I actually raised the fact that most saws have a 5/8” arbor with the retailer. His response was that most American saws are in the 2 HP range, whereas mine is 3HP and therefore has a larger arbor.
It looks as though the Forrest blade is out for me and I will have to use another type.

-- Max, New Zealand

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 10:49 PM

Don’t panic you can get the blade hole size increased by any good saw doctor for about 5 bucks don’t despare about that I’ve done it before just needs to be clocked on centre and turned away.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 10:54 PM

Max, don’t give up on Forrest. Contact them. I bet they can drill a 1” hole in their blade for you.

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 11:03 PM

I,m glad Alistair brought that up. That would have been my next suggestion. I have also had that done. Make sure it’s a qualified machinist, though. You don’t want to ruin a good blade. You might also contact Forrest. They might custom bore it for you. Good call Alistair.

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 11:49 PM

Thanks Guys. I have sent an email to Forrest asking if they can do me a 1” hole. I am awaiting their reply. Short of that I will take your suggestion, Alistair and get the hoile size increased. Because we have a large forestry and wood processing industry here we do have good saw doctors.

-- Max, New Zealand

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 11:52 PM

i repeat also what kent said if it is done even a thousand of an inch out it will vibrate like hell.If you get the correct people to do it it will be fine dont try this at home please LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 06-03-2009 12:21 AM

Hey Max
Actually my saw is a 5 hp but it has a 5/8 arbor and most American cabinet saws are at least 3hp unless the fall under what they call hybrid’s and most of the never saws have 5/8 arbors. I would ask the dealer were you can get a good blade for his saw, he should know even though they seemed to miss on what American saws have and don’t have.
Jim

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#10 posted 06-03-2009 12:24 AM

Thanks Jim
We have good saw blades here, both imported and home grown. However, none of them have achieved the adulation of the Forrest Woodworker II. That’s not to say they aren’t as good – just under the RADAR of the American magazines and reviewers. I am particularly attracted to the clean cut that the Forrest blade appears to offer

-- Max, New Zealand

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#11 posted 06-03-2009 04:21 AM

Problem solved. I have just received an email from the good people at Forrest. They can supply any blade with any size hole for an extra $11. That’s about…..a gazillion New Zealand dollars at yesterday’s exchange rate. Hang on, only 1/2 a gazillion today!

-- Max, New Zealand

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#12 posted 06-03-2009 04:28 AM

Hey Max
Good news and good to know

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