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Old 08-07-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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This is my first post to the site so please let me know if I'm doing it wrong. I'd like to learn how to use this site effectively.

Anyway, I'm putting in laminate flooring in four rooms and a hallway and noticed that my blade was smoking during the cuts halfway through the first room. I have a brand new Skil flooring saw with a 4-3/8" 40-tooth carbide tipped blade. Like the title says, the left side of my cuts (the outside of the blade) are smoking and when I cut all the way through the wood is burned black, just on the one side.

I don't think this should be happening halfway through a small room. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you have experienced this yourself.

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:02 AM   #2
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Does the saw tend to drift to the left or right when you try to hold it on line? Maybe the saw blade is out of alignment? Some new saws need to be adjusted at first use. Check the user's manual. I bought an inexpensive circular saw once that did this, and was never able to get it adjusted.

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This is my first post to the site so please let me know if I'm doing it wrong. I'd like to learn how to use this site effectively.

Anyway, I'm putting in laminate flooring in four rooms and a hallway and noticed that my blade was smoking during the cuts halfway through the first room. I have a brand new Skil flooring saw with a 4-3/8" 40-tooth carbide tipped blade. Like the title says, the left side of my cuts (the outside of the blade) are smoking and when I cut all the way through the wood is burned black, just on the one side.

I don't think this should be happening halfway through a small room. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you have experienced this yourself.

Thank you!
I'm not try to be a smart butt or anything but is your blade in backwards?
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:56 AM   #4
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Was everything okay for the first quarter to third of the room? Maybe this brand of laminate is particularly hard on the blade that is now somewhat duller. A dull blade will heat up the work during sawing more.

Typical laminate flooring is made of a compressed glue and wood chip mix and it, particularly the glue component, wears down blades more quickly than plain wood.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:47 AM   #5
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Odd that the material would be getting hot, smoking and burning only on the one side, I would think.

Usually such symptoms are indicative of poor workpiece/blade alignment, wrong blade for the material, a dull blade, moving too slowly, or a combination of these.
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I did try turning the blade around. It was in there correctly to begin with.

The only thing that has been suggested that I haven't checked is blade alignment. There is a metal piece that follows the blade through the cut to prevent binding, I assume. There were directions to align this metal piece with the blade before beginning a job. I did align it and it is straight and not hitting anything. I will have to look and see if there is a way to align the actual blade somehow.

As far as blade quality, I really don't know how much a better blade would make a difference. I don't know how much better a blade gets for this. Like I said, I'm using a 40-tooth carbide tipped blade. Let me know if there is a better option.

I'm heading over to the house right now to troubleshoot some more! Thank you all for the suggestions!

p.s. I really am not sure how to reply to specific posts in this thread, and I'm on my way out the door. I'll figure it out more this evening. Thanks again!

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Laminates gobble saw blades.
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Bud love your signature they sure messed this up!!!!

Welcome hunkerdown, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

I looked up some reviews for the saw you are using and they all seem to be rather positive with one draw back the small dia blade when used on laminate doesn't last very long. (3rd reveiw by a flooring contractor)

http://www.amazon.com/Skil-3600-02-1...owViewpoints=1

As stated in the review the contractor when doing laminate has to replace the blade every 200 Ft2.

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FWIW:

Back when I was doing laminate flooring installations I logged my blade-time for a while because it seemed I was using blades at a high rate.

I found using a 12" chop saw with a 12"/80 tooth carbide blade and a 10" table saw with a 10"/80 tooth carbide blade, that I was only getting around 240 square feet (on average) per blade.

The blades cost twenty dollars to renew the edge.

Not sure what blades come with new saws but I wouldn't expect to get much mileage out of any of them.
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Well I really owe you guys a big thank you for your help. It just needed a new blade after all!

So glad that was the problem. I picked up a few 'premium' carbide blades today and got another room done. I didn't have to worry about setting of the smoke alarms today.

Well I'm so happy to have found you guys, and to be able to participate in your community a little bit. I'll definitely be sticking around. This is by far the most responsive site I've ever visited.

Once again, thank you all for your responses and ideas. I know it was a minor problem but even a minor problem can put you out of commission if you can't get it fixed. I'm sure you all know how that goes.


Thank you!

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