Got home from work, ate dinner, and off to the work shop. Ahhh!
Started work on my future son's maple dresser (due in Feb). I thought the
legs would be a good place to start, yeah good idea.
Jointed a corner square on the leg stock and started to rip to width, 1.75"
(plus a smidge for the planer). Started the rip and I blew the dam breaker.
Try a slower feed rate! Yeah, brilliant idea! Loaded up the next leg
stock in front of the saw and cranked her on and started my s-l-o-w feed,
and pop, blew the breaker again! Ahh crap. Serenity out the window.
I need a beefier saw dam it!!! My bandsaw might have to wait!
Or a new blade? Oh - forget that idea. Don't know what the hell I was
thinking. Yes - you need a new saw! And maybe a new router too. Can't
have either without a couple new chisels. Probably should get an new ROS
while you're at it. If it were me, I'd be using this as the excuse to get
that new welder too.
Can you switch your saw over to 220V? I did it with mine, along with
my shaper, and the difference is dramatic. It draws half the current,
of course, and now it accelerates much more quickly on startup and
doesn't dim the lights.
It requires that you add a 220 breaker to your panel, and install a
220V outlet. Nothing too complicated, unless your breaker box is clear
on the other side of the house or has no free slots. I live just up
the road from you in Oak Ridge if you ever care to see my
If you still have the manual, it should tell you exactly how to rewire
it (it usually just involves moving a couple of jumper wires). If not,
Delta should have it online. Definitely do NOT just plug it into a
220V recepticle as is, not that the plug should fit into such a
If the motor can be rewired for 220, that info will be on the motor
somewhere. If you can't find it, don't do it. :-)
But I'm on board with Tom. Sure seems like that saw should be able to
rip right through a couple inches of maple. It's the blade or the
breaker. (Without watching the cut, I also wonder if maybe you got no
splitter on that thing and the wood is pinching the blade. But that
should also squeal and make burn marks.)
I had to replace a breaker after it blew out once, then just kept
breaking every time I turned on the saw. The new one don't blow when
the saw turns on.
Then again, never let it be said I stopped somebody from gittin a new
toy. I'd want the bandsaw before I got a new TS, but maybe you really
want a new TS. Therefore, gopher it.
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