I do have a question regarding blade height on a tablesaw. Being new to woodworking, I’ve read books, watched videos and received advice from experienced woodworkers and have received the same answer: “blade should be no more than 1/4 inch above workpiece and fence and blade set at 90 degrees. Here is the kicker:
While at my favorite woodworking supply shop, there were 3 or 4 representatives from a named blade mfg. I watched and they asked me if I had any questions. Well, that was the opening. I told them I was working on a project and was using red oak and was getting a lot of “burn” when I cut. They asked to show them on the saw they were using as a demo how I was making the cuts. I showed them and indicated I made sure the blade was set to 90 degrees. When I first lined up a piece to cut for them, I set the blade about 1/4 ” above the workpiece. They indicated that was my first mistake. They said the blade should be raised as high as it could go! The reason being, the carbide tip blades get hot when not raised therefore expanding and causing burn. Secondly, they said to “off-set” the fence about 1/16 or so away at the end of the fence. Now, all of this is in direct contradiction with everything I’ve read or heard. I’ve tried raising the blade (only as far as I felt comfortable with as a spinning saw blade high enough to feel the wind from it makes you think twice) and it does stop the burn. And, they said most “Eurpoean” saws only have fences running just pass the blade. The reason for the offset was the blade is only cutting at the front, not the back. Thus reducing the cahnce of kickback, which I’ve been injured by.
Now, does anyone here have any comments on this? I’ve sent the question to FWW but have not received a response as of yet.
Any help would be appreciated.