Nice saw. I've never seen one. Satifies the soul somehow to see
something old restored. I recently looked at a nice lathe restoration
on southbend's site.
The reason for the two blades is:
A) to get around the deficiency in blade design at the time*
B) longer time between blade changes
C) something else
D) none of the above
I choose A with a little of B.
I provided D to allow for those that insist on the contrary.
*new blades work fine for either cut
I believe A and B would be correct. Way back when, 1944, I don't
believe that there were blades that could handle all cutting operations
as well as today's modern blades. Not having to swap out a rip and
cross cut blade would have been a big time saver in an industrial
environment where time is money.
On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:06:00 -0800, Electric Comet wrote:
Maybe, if you've got "lots* of horsepower. A while back I bought a Freud
Fusion blade which makes glass smooth crosscuts -as good as the vaunted
Woodworker according to those who've tried both. But it's got too many
teeth for ripping on my contractor style saw - it bogs down. I now go
back to my trusty thin kerf rip blade for ripping.
Yup... sometimes HP is the answer. That really hit home when I helped my
father with a project and had to rip a scribed 2X4 on his Shopsmith with a
thin kerf blade. OMG!!! Beyond a crawl feed rate the saw wanted to stall. I
didn't realize how spoiled I'd become with my 3 HP cabinet saw! With a WWII
blade it is more than OK but with a Freud rip blade it really shines. The
Shopsmith... for rare use I guess it would be OK.
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