As an intermediate woodworker/DIY'r, I am surprised to be having
trouble with my new circular saw. I am attempting to cut through 1''
stair noses, but my brand new Skill 7 1/4'' saw can barely cut through
the wood and smokes excessivly. I finally used a jig saw to finish the
cut and noticed that the wood was black from burning.
Any thoughts? I've never experienced this with my 18v Ryobi cordless
saw, and I use it pretty hard. This saw even smoked while cutting a
1'' bamboo stair tread, which the Ryobi cut effortlessly.
Thanks in advance,
Ok, so I have triple checked, and I'm sure that the blade is on
correctly. The arrows on the blade match those on the saw, and the
teeth are pointed upwards at the front of the saw. Any other thoughts,
or is it back to the home depot in hopes of a return (Don't know if
they will be happy about taking it back, since the whole thing STILL
smells like smoke.
Is it a carbide blade? Some of the Skil saws come with a steel blade...
which dull almost instantly on things like oak!
Alternatively, it is possible you are twisting the saw as you push it
through? Sometimes manually retracting the blade guide takes the stress off
and you can push it through straighter.
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