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|05-18-2014, 04:03 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Crooked River Ranch, Oregon (Central OR)
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How fast should I go?
I've been scrolling for about 5 years now, but still consider myself a "newbie". I just went from a Porter Cable to a Dewalt 788 (just got it) and was wondering about proper speeds. The Porter ended up needing "full speed ahead" on everything, or I was never going to finish. The Dewalt seems MUCH more powerful, so was wondering if there was a "rule of thumb" for speeds, depending on thickness, blade size, or what?
|05-18-2014, 04:51 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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WARP works well for me. Seriously, I read "somewhere" that the thicker the wood the higher the speed. On 1/8" wood I tend to go slower than usual. If you can, adjust the speed as you are cutting to see what works best for you. You can do this on the waste portion of your piece you are cutting.
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|05-18-2014, 04:54 PM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: panama city fl
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I agree with betty I cut full speed except for thinner pieces .
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|05-18-2014, 05:23 PM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Big Island in Hawaii
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I agree, full speed, but if you feel it's going to fast, you can slow down your feed rate. In other words, do not try cutting it so fast...allow the saw blade to cut through the wood and just guide it not pushing hard
|05-18-2014, 06:48 PM||#5|
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The beauty of having variable speed is that you can adjust it whenever you want. I would run it as fast as what feels comfortable to you, depending on the wood thickness and hardness you are working with at the time.
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|05-18-2014, 07:25 PM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: West Michigan
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I would just add that on some woods such as cherry I find slowing the speed somewhat helps to prevent the blade overheating which may cause burn marks. Of course using packing tape over the pattern helps too. I also may slow blade speed somewhat on very intricate cuts especially in thin material. Otherwise I run my saw at or close to top speed and adjust my feed rate.
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|05-19-2014, 08:49 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Butler, PA
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I may be in the minority, but I rarely run my Dewalt at the highest speed. I cut mostly fretwork and I'll sometimes change speeds during a cut, slowing down at delicate points, where I don't want to be too aggressive, then speeding up when I get "out in the open" so to speak. Much will depend on what you are cutting and the level of comfort and control you have, but what you are looking for is a balance between saw speed and feed rate. it will take a little practice, but you'll quickly find your own "sweet spot".
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|05-19-2014, 12:44 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
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I rarely ever mess with the speed dial on my saw. I have tried it and some of the speeds are a little too fast for me. If I come across a piece of wood that is hard to cut then I might make an adjustment in the speed. Other wise I rarely ever touch the speed dial...Fay
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|05-19-2014, 01:40 PM||#10|
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Farmington New Mexico
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I run my Dewalt on 7 for 1/2 or thicker wood and then down near 5 for the thin stuff. The slower speed helps me control the turns better.