1819Re: [sawsmith] Inherited fatherâs Sawsmith and looking for advice
- Dec 26, 2013At 03:15 PM 12/26/2013, mtracyfam@... wrote:
>10" blades cost more than smaller ones, but they
>Hello, I have recently inherited my fatherâs
>Sawsmith and I am looking for some advice. I
>have searched through the conversation a bit and
>finding that the information is a bit dated I
>may be asking questions already answered. Sorry for the newbie questions.
>I must say thanks as I was able to get the saw
>running after 35 years of sitting, because of
>this group. I had to replace the power cord and
>this group had all the information I needed. I
>am still growing so be patient with me. This is
>my first mounted saw and I have only recently
>settled down and bought my first house.
> Ok, enough of me, now a few questions that the manuals donât answer:
> * I have seen 10â, 9â and I currently
> have a 7 Â¼â blade, which size is best/normal?
cut through thicker wood (that's a "duh" I
guess!). I've always used a 10". My saw came
with a 7" dado blade (actually two blades and
several chippers to adjust the width of the
cut). I recently used it to cut some dadoes in
some 2x6's. It just barely cleared as I pulled
it across the boards. But again, a 10" dado will be much more expensive.
> * Arbor or no arbor? I canât find theMy saw came with (bought new in 1965) a single
> arbor, is it safe/advisable to mount the blade just on the spindle?
10" blade with a large hole (i.e., it could be
mounted on the arbor. You can dismount and
switch arbor-mounted blades quickly and easily
with a quick twist of the arbor's set screw. I'd
intended to buy several more arbors, but never
got around to it (as I recall they cost all of
$8, and that seemed like a lot to me back
then). I don't know if arbors are available any
more, and I expect 5/8" (?) hole blades are much
more common these days. Except for that first
one, I've always mounted blades directly on the
spindle. The saw came with 2 large, thick,
recessed washers for this purpose. I mounted
them along with 2 standard washers as follows:
The relieved surface of the recessed washers go against the blade.
> * Left hand threaded nut. Does anyone know a source?It's apparently unavailable on the open market
(many posters here have looked over the years),
BUT..., one poster, Rick Redfield, assigned the
task to his talented son/apprentice, Cory, who
machined a bunch of them and may still have some
available. Rick's email is RedfieldRH@...
> * And then again do I need it if I use and arbor?Nope. The arbor is retained by its set screw,
tightened against the tapered flat on the spindle.
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