As an intermediate 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,
I'm pretty sure that it is not. The arrows on the blade are going the
same direction as the arrow on the saw, thus the teeth are pointed
upwards at the front of the saw (if that makes any sense). Anything
else that could cause this? Otherwise, its back to the home depot and
pray they return it.
Click Fraud wrote:
They should take it back if it was a recent purchase. Take a piece of burnt
wood along. Check to see if the blade [left to right or right to left] is
square to the foot and does not wobble excessively.
Ha! you just ran into another problem,which is the
front and which is the back of the saw. If you
think you are driving a car and not feeding wood
into a machine, and lots maybe most woodworkers
do, then you stand and feed wood in and the side
that the cut wood emerges at is the front.
However, if you think you are feeding wood into a
machine, the side nearest you is the front of the
To answer you question, though, when you feed the
wood in, the contact with the blade should have
saw teeth going down into the saw. Or another way
to look at is the gullets are moving toward you.
I can't use the same blade as the cordless is a 5.5'' and the skil
corded is a 7.25''. I'm inclined to think that this possibly a saw
problem because the blade is new and I am fairly confident it is
installed properly. I don't know what else to think, I'm quite
surprised to be having this substantial of a problem on such a mild
David Martel wrote:
I got a small electric chain saw at a yard sale, and it would barely
cut. I was trying to figure out how to sharpen it, when I gradually
realized the chain was on backwards.
In a circular saw the points and openings of the teeth should point up
in front. Because the blade turns clockwise when viewed from the
Noticing that you have already replied that the blade appears to be on
correctly I must ask if you are using the blade that came with the saw?
The usually aren't worth the time it takes to install them. Buy a carbide
blade of the proper size and see how that cuts.
In addition to what others have said, occasionally wood will warp when
cut in a direction which tightens it at the trailing edge of the cut.
This "clamping" effect can cause a problem like yours. Or, if you are
trying to do a curved (jig saw) cut, that will burn the wood, too.
But I would go with a new blade, a carbide one. I use a carbide blade
for all my work; normal rip or cross-cut blades do not last on anything
but light weight cutting. --Phil
Phil Munro Dept of Electrical & Computer Engin
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