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  1. #121
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    This man gives the best warranty back up I think I have ever experienced. I had a bearing problem with a 305 Combo Saw and he replaced half the saw to make the process simple. No return transport worries. Anything else I need and want to buy in future will be from Swartz

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  3. #122
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    Hi good people.
    I have a SCMS, stand & vacuum set. Never had a belt driven saw before. I know I can call Samuel but this would be best answered here to save too many phone calls. Can I get replacement belts from Swarts and , more importantly, can they be easily replaced.

  4. #123
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    Got the kit and took it out for a spin.
    First impression. 70MM X 35MM radiata pine behaved like Teak.
    The cross cuts are clean but I think the supplied blade is ( sorry to use
    the word ) crap. Knife through butter is the very last way I would describe
    the cutting process.
    Makes me wish I hadn't sold my 305mm Bosch years ago.
    The multi purpose stand is sturdy but not built with this saw in mind.
    Either that or the designer didn't have a clue.
    The available usable width on the end roller is about 65mm and the rest of the roller
    is there for show. The T piece holding the roller should be replaced with a right angle in
    any future design revision.
    It will suit my immediate purpose but I can't wait until I have the money for a real saw.

  5. #124
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    You must have something wrong with your blade or your setup.
    Mine cuts Karri like butter and Karri is harder than Jarrah. Every through cut is a breeze and I can take off less than a mm to creep up to the cut because it is so clean and accurate and easy.
    I have cut plenty of 70MM X 35MM radiata pine and a lot more than that. Cuts like it's nothing. Always has. I've had it for 15 months. Still sharp and easy.
    If yours is not doing that then I suggest you don't use it any more until you work out what is wrong. It could be a safety issue.

    What exactly do you mean that the blade is "crap"?

    I did take care to adjust it to be square and I don't rely on the angle of the positive stops. However in terms of cutting, even out of the box the blade and power has always been marvellous.
    What you are describing sounds like it is not even the same saw. In other words something is very wrong.

    I don't have and don't need the stand so I can't comment about that.
    I have a Swarts vac, which is good but it's the previous model not the new one so I can't comment on that either. Not that you mentioned the vac.

    A Bosch slide 305mm is still 3 times the price of this saw. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with this Swarts saw.
    I like the ease of doing compound bevels on the Bosch and I assume the positive stops are accurate. It's a nice saw I'm sure.

    I think you need to give Samuel a call and work through these issues.

  6. #125
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    Yeah the comment on poor cut quality says something is off for me, I was very surprised with the quality of my blade. Have cut Jarrah, Sheoak and miles of Pine without a hint of trouble. Have you checked the blade is true and the tips on the teeth are all present?

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    My blade is great too! Have not cut a heap with it but what I have cut has been both hard timber and soft, thick slabs of 100mm and down to 2mm for the thin stuff. All good.

  8. #127
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    Oh great. It sounds like I have a bad blade.
    Yes something is very wrong when my neighbour's Ryobi 210mm
    acts like a knife through butter compared to this new saw.
    The saw blade was square both ways out of the box.
    After performing around 1700 of the same cuts ( 300mm lengths
    of 70mmX35mm radiata pine ) this year using other saws I know absolutely
    that something is amiss.
    Yes best contact Sam now that I know my blade is not the norm.
    Just out of curiousity the model number of the blade is SW2092.
    Is this the same as the blades on your saws ?
    Maybe Sam changed suppliers.

  9. #128
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    A possible big apology to Sam coming up.
    All else being equal, will an 80 tooth blade cut 'faster' than a 100 tooth blade ?
    I may have been comparing oranges to apples.

    My muscle memory has most likely been based on years of fast cutting
    with a Bosch 305mm which in all likelihood had 80T
    My neighbour's Ryobi ( he's out right now ) is most likely a 40T.
    Last edited by TERMALERT; 21st Mar 2018 at 09:55 AM. Reason: to add something

  10. #129
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    Yes tooth count will make a big difference.

    Good to hear you got it sussed

    DaveTTC
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  11. #130
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    Quote Originally Posted by TERMALERT View Post
    will an 80 tooth blade cut 'faster' than a 100 tooth blade ?
    Definitely, but 100 tooth blade gives a better finish.

  12. #131
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    The reason for slow cutting was staring me in the face all along.
    Official and unreserved apology to Sam at Swart Tools.
    I was comparing apples to oranges and blaming you for it.

  13. #132
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    Part of the instruction set 'seems' to indicate that the saw blade is reversed.
    4. The arrow on the saw disc showing the rotation direction should coincide with the arrow on the saw ( tick ).
    The saw blade teeth should direct downwards towards the front of machine ( ???? ).
    My teeth are pointing towards the 'back', which seems correct.
    I guess it a matter of English to Chinese translation.
    DSCN2526.jpg
    Last edited by TERMALERT; 22nd Mar 2018 at 09:45 AM. Reason: To correct a 'too sleepy to think clearly' statement.

  14. #133
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    The blade is facing the correct way (direction of rotation) otherwise it would not cut the timber.

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    Any more updates guys as I am looking at buying a SCMS?
    Tom

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    No problem with mine, it has been great.

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