Originally Posted by rick from texas
I have a brand new table saw and I am unable to rip a 2 x 6 piece of construction/treated lumber. Do I need a special rip blade to do this? Your input is greatly appreciated.
Rick from Texas
Hi Rick! Welcome to WoodworkingTalk! Sorry to hear about your problems.
What does "unable to rip a 2 x 6 piece of construction/treated lumber" mean? The more details you provide, the better.
Which model table saw did you buy? 110v? How much horsepower?
Did you check its alignments with a combination square or other tools?
Is the insert level with the table?
Which blade are you using? It is new, not worn, right?
How high are you raising the blade?
What happens when it is unable to rip the board?
Does the blade slow down or stop turning?
Does the wood get pinched or blocked somewhere as you push it through?
Are you using the blade guards, riving knife, splitter, anti-kickback pawls, or other safety gadgets? Could one of them be interfering with the cut?
Have you tried other cuts with your new table saw? Which cuts did you make? Were they successful?
Have you tried cutting a piece of the same lumber with another saw? A handsaw or circular saw? What happened?