Regarding the board splinters, I thought well maybe I need a blade with a higher teeth count. So, I removed the blade and counted the number of teeth on the blade I was currently using. I counted 40 teeth; however, while counting teeth, I noticed that I also had several broken teeth (5 to be exact). A close-up of two of the broken teeth is shown in the following Photo.
I replaced the blade with another 40-tooth blade that I just happened to have. The replacement blade was in much better shape, no broken teeth. My replacement blade is shown in the Photo below.
Took it for a spin, and the splinter problem had disappeared. That’s the cut in the Photo below with the replacement blade.
Well, now that the splintering problem has been solved, what caused the teeth to break would be a legitimate question. It’s time for me to come clean. To be blunt, this blade has not been treated kindly. By that, I mean it has cut thru 16-penny nails on more than one occasion in the past. Prior to my current Hitachi chop saw, I owned a Delta chop saw which the blade with broken teeth was installed on.
Therefore, I would attribute the broken teeth to having cut thru one too many 16 penny nail.
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