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    Question - How do you know when your table saw blade is dull?

    You take a nice new one out of the package and put it on and marvel at the lack of noise as it glides through the wood like butter, instead of chewing through it like an angry gopher...
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    When it doesn't smoke???
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    When the edge of that freshly-ripped oak board looks like zebrawood with all the burn marks on it?
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    When it is 30 years old and has never been off the saw.
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    when the light reflects of the cutting edge, if you can see a definite edge or flat its dull.. it should be a very fine line that wont reflect light for us to see.
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    when you have to lean into the board to get it to burn its way through all the while tripping the smoke detectors in the house

    'member the days before carbide tips? when you could just break out a number 10 mill file and touch up the edge of the stamped steel blade?
    (of course that was every third board but... what the hay?)

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    When you put it on backwards and can't tell the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Newby View Post
    When you put it on backwards and can't tell the difference.

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    I know when its dull because it jams and trips the circuit breaker.

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    I'm going to wait to see if dad tells about his bandsaw blade that was "just fine" till he put a new one on . . .

    Thanks to many of the fine folks here I have learned that using dull cutters of any kind (that includes sandpaper) is a false economy. Your not saving a dime but trying to stretch the usefulness of your abrasives or delaying a trip to the sharpening shop. Wood is expensive. Treat it to sharp cutters.
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