Gentle readers may recall I queried here a while ago about the feasibility
of installing a 14" circular wood saw blade in an abrasive metal chop saw
(to cut up small logs for firewood). I was also considering making a wood
chop saw with a somewhat larger blade and motor.
Anyhow, I finally decided to try the blade in the store-bought chop saw so
purchased a 36 tooth 14" carbide blade with a negative hook angle (this was
recommended to me by the saw store as the negative hook helps prevent
grabbing and blade self feeding). With this setup I can cut a 5 1/2" log in
one pass. I was concerned none-the-less that the chop saw motor would not
be up to the task as I had been advised from several sources that at least 3
HP would be required for a blade of that size. I was however pleasantly
surprised to find it cuts, dry wood at least, effortlessly.
Thought I would pass this on in case anyone else might be interested in this
method (rather than using a chain saw which I was trying to get away from in
the first place).
16 years ago