Silence a Whistling Tablesaw Blade
I recently replaced the blade on my tablesaw with a 40-tooth thin-kerf carbide blade with four laser-cut openings, and made a zero-clearance insert for it. The blade cuts well, but it also whistles like mad. Why is it whistling, and can I do anything to stop it?
Bob Hicks, Chittenango, NY
The most likely cause is the openings spinning past the saw’s throat insert. But it’s possible that the teeth or the openings are just noisy.
Remove the insert (but not the blade) and run the saw. If there’s no whistling, the insert is the cause. Widen its opening by raising a standard-kerf blade through it.