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|12-02-2010, 08:17 PM||#1|
Silver Fox Puzzles
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: wayne, nj
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my ?'s are:
1. what speed is your saw at when you are cutting puzzles?
2. do you vary the speed depending on the intracacy (is that spelled right?) of the cut....like when cutting a complex figural....do you speed the saw up or slow it down?
at the puzzle parley i had the pleasure of watching john stokes cut....and he cuts at a slow speed.....and very intricate patterns.....
i'm sure the speed is what you are comfortable with....but i would like to hear what others do....
thanks for your input!!
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|12-02-2010, 08:48 PM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2007
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I think most every saw is different. My Dewalt I run at just over half way up on the dial. I have a old Delta 2 speed saw that I run on high and can control it best on high and can control it best out of any of my saws. Blade runs more true than my Dremel and Dewalt. The dremel speed is normally pretty slow maybe slightly lower than half speed on the dial. Would like to run it faster but then I have to chase the darn saw across the shop, LOL..
|12-02-2010, 09:04 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Aumsville, Oregon
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I run Ol' yeller around 5-6 which is mid range I suppose. If I have some real delicate tight turns I do slow my speed down a little, back to about 4. Unless I've been using the same blade awhile like 10-15 mins the I don't need to slow the speed.
I have experienced a fresh blade cutting more aggressively than I can control sometimes.
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|12-02-2010, 09:48 PM||#4|
Puzzle Making Muggle
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hogwarts (the House Elves kind of dig me)
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I'm definitely a slow cutter. I have a DeWalt, and I vary the speed considerably, depending on the wood species (harder woods like birch and oak, I use a faster speed, softer woods like cherry, I use slower speeds) and what I'm cutting (I go faster for straight lines, large sweeps, etc).
For the most part, though, I operate in the bottom half of the speed dial, and when working on a very intricate piece, will on occassion drop it down to the very minimum. That's just me, though.
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|12-02-2010, 10:10 PM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2005
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I find that running the saw too slow hurts my rhythm somewhat. I run my DeWalt at about 6.3 (out of 8) for regular puzzles and about 4.1 or so for the stamp puzzles using jewelers' blades. I also will slow down just a bit if I'm encountering a particularly difficult piece.
To me, my speed is a function of the least vibration from the saw, while trying to be as fast as I can.
Just so it's phun.... C
|12-03-2010, 12:23 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: San Diego
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I run my DW 788 wide open.
I've had the same problem with new blades cutting too aggressively but hadn't tried slowing down the speed, so thanks for that idea.
|12-03-2010, 09:00 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: New Jersey
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I run my Hawk at a fairly slow speed (perhaps 5-600 spm or so. If I go any faster, I end up with tabs that are too large for my taste.
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|12-03-2010, 09:08 AM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Green Bay, WI
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I am new at puzzles and have a ten year old Craftsman, need to run the saw as slow as it goes using puzzle blades. The saw and blades seem to have a mind of their own. Guess I need a new saw and some practice. If this helps for the original question.
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|12-03-2010, 09:53 AM||#9|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Tucson, AZ
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On my Porter Cable I am now using FD #1 UR blades and always run slow, like almost the slowest the saw will cut, cutting puzzles. I've only been cutting a few months so that will change but it is what I do now.
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