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Is there anyway to power up a 10" Craftsman Table saw with a 1hp motor to cut through 2" hardwoods? I can cut 1 1/2 and below but it binds up in 2", any help would be appreciated,

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Are you using a thin kerf blade? is it a good ripping blade? I had a similar saw with a 1 hp motor and didn't really have any limitations on depth of cut. Is your saw tuned and well maintained?

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I have an older Craftsman saw as well. However, I am using the Forest Woodworker II think kerf blade. I have no problems at all with 2" goods.

Dan

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If it's a contractor type saw, I bet the belt tension is the problem. Is the pivoting motor mount locked in place? If it is, try loosening the locking bolt a little bit so the belt doesn't get so tight. Also, try un-plugging the saw then raise the blade and see if you can rotate the motor pulley by hand, if it's binding then you have to adjust the position of the motor. I'm no expert but my dad had a similar problem because he would lock the motor mount bolt and I think you need to let the motor swing kind of loose to keep the tension. Anyways, I hope this helps.

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Yes...be sure your saw's fence to blade alignment is spot on, check the belt alignment and tension, and use a decent 24T thin kerf rip blade like a Freud LU87, Infinity 010-124, CMT Orange 202.024.10, or DeWalt Precision Trim DW7124PT. It also helps if the lumber is straight and flat....as in face jointed and edge jointed first.

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