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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up a rather cheap Delta miter saw to help myself out around the house with the baseboards, as well as any other projects I see fit. After spending quite a bit of time setting the blade square to the fence with the use of a machinist's square, I'm still getting weird cuts. It actually looks rounded on both sides of the cut when I hold my square up to it. Did I just do the wrong thing by purchasing one of these? Or is it possible for the included manufacturer's blade to flex when it hits the wood? Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 09:23 PM
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Hi woodendigits

10" Blades don't flex on the ends ,,,, try this Clamp the wood in place then make a new test cut.
It may be bad blade with one or two carb. tips not true or bad Set on the blade also make sure the washer that holds the blade on the saw is the right one and in the right place.
Pop in a standard blade from your table saw and test cut some stock,if you have a
7 1/2" / 8" blade try it 1st.


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I had a cheap Delta (MS 250? -- ~ $89), but it cut very well. I'd bet the blade is your problem. Buy the best blade you can -- 60+ teeth, to get incredibly clean miters. My complaint with the Delta was tearout from a cheap insert with a wide gap. I made a new insert using thin aircraft plywood and that helped.

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It doesn't take much to warp a cheap 10" blade.
I see it more often on a tablesaw.
As soon as you get a piece of wood jammed up with the blade. it will twist pretty easy. then you have a weeble wobble

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As long as you are letting your saw do the work and not forcing the cut your trouble is most likely the blade. I use and recommend the Freud red Diablo or Industrial blades, 60 - 80 teeth for a miter saw. Expect to pay around $45 and get a blade to last a very long time.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'm having some pretty bad issues with my back lately, so as soon as I feel up to it, I'll play around with the thing.
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I had a bought a delta also and got what I paid for JUNK ! Eventually bought the Makita 1013FL compound slide saw and what a difference, the good part it has a rebate for an 18v, 2 battery cordless drill with it. I did change the blade to a Freud 80T, excellent saw if you're serious and have the use for it.
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