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Unread 07-11-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
ritch
Sam
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Fort Worth
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FTS-150 Blade Wobble - Fixed (my fault)

I have been lurking on this site for a couple of months now and after reading all the posts about saws, decided on a Felker FTS-150 saw. Purchased from construction complete and received it today. After trueing up the saw, I made a few cuts and trued it some more . I noticed it was always chipping at the beginning of a cut and at the end, the unrestrained piece would "jump" away from the blade. It seems that the blade is wobbling about twice it width. I tried reversing the blade after searching the posts and that helped a little. When I put a square up against the blade and rotate it by hand, it appears that there is less than 1/32 of runout, but I loosened the blade and rotated it to see if the "tight" spot would follow the blade or the saw, and it seemed to follow the saw... I made a partial cut and at the beginning of the cut, the kerf is 1/8" wide, and in the middle of the cut it is down to 1/16". Seems like the blade wobbles until it begins cutting. I am tempted to go to Lowes or HD and get a blade with a smaller diameter to add stiffness and minimize the effect of any runout. Any ideas anyone. Thanks.

PS if it doesn't show up in the profile, my first name is Sam

Last edited by ritch; 07-16-2008 at 09:10 PM. Reason: update status
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