I believe he has a Rockwell. He has a garage full of equipment, although
his health is getting to be poor, and he doesn't do a lot any more. He has
been doing woodworking for about fifty years now.
He has all sorts of saws and equipment, all quality tools.
I appreciate all the input, even from those who can't answer a simple
question without flying off into the ozone.
I like to ask questions to learn. Sometimes one might ask what seems a dumb
question, but I think there are no dumb questions except for those that
someone has asked before and ignored the answer.
It always amazes me that those of us who don't know everything bother those
who DO know everything so much. I think when one quits learning and
changing, they die. Or at least in the literal sense. I hope I continue to
learn something every day, and maybe even by asking dumb questions.
Yah got that right. In the real world, a stupid question might bring a
giggle, a hearty guffaw, rolling eyes expression, some subtle gesture that
it may have been a dumb thing to ask. Yet, to me, it all falls back on the
teacher. We start off knowing little. We learn by asking. If we get
slapped, the first thing we learn is not to ask, or not to ask THAT person.
As I have progressed through careers, hobbies, and life experiences, the
teachers I remember the most were the patient ones who didn't kick me in the
nuts all the time. They were also the ones I learned the most from. And
lastly, they were the ones I had the biggest laughs from when we would recap
"Hey, do you remember the time when I (fill in your favorite story)"?
Know it all teachers and know it all students. They both have a way of
reaching their own ultimate levels of competency.
Does the 10" blade really "bog down" the motor? If it does when
cutting 4/4 or 5/4 hardwood or 2X soft wood, then something is wrong
with it or it is truly underpowered. I have a contractor saw with
1.5HP induction motor and leave a 10" blade on it more than 90% of the
time. The rest of the time it's either using an 8" dadao stack or
occasionally a molding head. I have very rarely used a smaller blade
for some special purpose but there is no need to use a 7 1/4" as
your standard blade.
rockwell almost certainly offered that saw with a variety of motors, or
without a motor. the choice to set it up underpowered was made by the
purchaser, if my understanding of the early rockwell marketing is
correct. even so, it's kind of hard to justify selling a 9" saw with a
3/4HP motor on it if it was meant for sheet goods, or for any kind of
heavy ripping. how big is the table, and is it tilting arbor or tilting
If it doesn't seem to be bogging down I wouldn't worry about it. If it does
seem to be, make sure it's getting enough power--that means plugged
directly into the wall rather than on an extension cord and with a
reasonably short run back to the breaker panel and no other loads on the
REMEMBER THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION.
I SAW A DEMO. ABOUT SAW BLADES. IN EXTERME SLOW MOTION. THE 10" BLADE
ACTUALLY APPEARED TO "BACK UP" WITH THE INITIAL CONTACT WITH WOOD ESPECIALLY
HARD WOOD. THE INTITAL CUT SHOWED CHATTER. THE FILM ALSO SHOWED 9", 8"
AND 7" BLADES THE PROBLES WERE REDUCED AS THE DIAMETER REDUCED.
DO NOT BUY "A" NEW BLADE BUY SEVERL "QUALITY " BLADES.
WE ALL GET LAZY FROM TIME TO TIME AND DO NOT CHANGE THE BLADE FOR THE JOB WE
ARE DOING, AND LATER COMPLAIN A BOUT THE QUALITY OF THE CUT THE BLADE WAS
DOING ITS JOB, WE FAILED TO DO OURS.
I wouldn't say that a 10" would burn up your saw faster but the
smaller blades can be useful. Freud makes a 7 1/4" Diablo Finish Blade
D0740X which is very useful when cutting small pieces of wood say for
the inside of a desk gallery. I use them when cutting veneer for
stringing and making banding. The D0740X has a .59 kerf which save a
fair amount per cut which is important when you have some time
invested to make the banding block. The blade also leaves a **very**
fine cut. You have to make a zero clearance insert to use this type of
blade with small material and there are a number of other little trick
you can perform to help in cutting small material.
Having said all this the most used blade would be a 10" and of course
this blade would be necessary when cutting thicker stock but once you
try the smaller blades you may find yourself using them more often
then you would have imagined.
On Sun, 30 Jul 2006 07:39:05 -0700, "Steve B"
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