I have an Oldham Signature combination blade on my TS. It cuts crosscuts
just fine. The problem I am concerned with is that when I rip an Oak board I
get a pitch type buildup on the right side of the blade only. I usually take
the blade off and clean it with EasyOff oven cleaner and it does a good job
of cleaning it. I then reinstall the blade and rip again and when I do I
get an immediate buildup on the right side of the blade again. My Oak has
been dried for 3 or more years and is not newly cut or damp.
The question I have is do any of you know of a combination blade that has a
coating on it (Teflon or something else) than prevents buildup from
occurring that I can purchase? Thanks for your help.
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As to my problem maybe it wasn't a pitch build up, but a build up from
burning when I fed the stock through. I tried feeding at different speeds,
but it still happens. I don't think it is caused by a dull blade.
Thank you to all for your replies that I never got to see.
Toller it takes one to know one!
Well, if the stock is burning, you have a problem somewhere...
They should be available in Google. If not, email me -- they're still
available on the newsserver I use, and I can download them and email them to
you. (My real email address is in the sig line of this post.)
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
If you are happy with how that blade makes crosscuts, you might
consider another blade that is better suited for ripping. I've used
combination blades too but have yet to find one that will perform both
operations as well as a blade designed for the specific type of cut.
If the fence is on the right side of the blade it sounds more
like a rip fence alignment problem than a problem with the blade.
Double check to make sure the end of the fence isn't closer to
the blade than the front.
How many teeth does that Oldham have?
I ask because when I was starting out, I got it into my head somehow
that more teeth = better cut. So most of my blades were 80 tooth
monsters that crosscut like champs, and did a very nice job on
plywood. But they burned the wood when ripping certain stock. Took a
lot of fiddling around double-checking the alignment of the saw before
I finally got it through my head that a good 32 or 40-tooth blade
would do a better and faster job on the rip cuts. I'm sure I've got
another eye-opener coming some time in the future, when I finally get
the money and inclination to purchase some dedicated rip and crosscut
Went through the same process with the bandsaw when I got one for wood
instead of metal. If you haven't tried resawing maple with a
underpowered bandsaw sporting a 14tpi blade- don't! Sometimes I'm
just too damn thick-headed for my own good.
Just a thought, in case the other suggestions don't solve the problem.
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