Troubleshooting Your Malfunctioning Chop Saw Troubleshooting Your Malfunctioning Chop Saw
The chop saw is a popular device for cutting metal pipes and other materials, and is often used in home improvements. If you are lucky enough to have a chop saw, then you will know how convenient it is to use, and how quickly it cuts through pieces of material. If you find that you have a problem with your chop saw, then you may need to consider troubleshooting the saw, and trying to work out what the problem is. There are a few basic faults which can easily be solved by an amateur, but if you find that you are still having problems after troubleshooting, then you should definitely consult a professional.
Blade Won't Cut
This is the most common of all the problems with the cutting blade, and can result from a number of causes. Firstly, make sure that you have a new blade, and that it has not become too blunt or damaged to properly cut through the items you are using. A blunt chop saw blade will not be able to make much of a dent on a solid metal piece, so before you try and troubleshoot anything else, you should consider looking at this area.
If the blade is brand new, then you should check that it has been correctly installed, and that you have fitted the correct blade for your chop saw type. Some saws require a different size blade from the standard 10 inches, and also need different RPM speeds, so any deviation from these needs can cause the blade to cut improperly.
Blade Won't Turn
If you find that the blade is not turning on your chop saw, then you may be looking at a poor fitting, but there can also be other problems, for example, the motor or belt of your engine might be stalled or stiff, and this is preventing the blade from turning. Firstly, when the saw is unplugged from the power supply, check the blade to make sure that there is nothing trapped between the blade and the frame. Wood chips can be dragged into the frame, and will stop the blade from turning.
Next, lubricate your motor and belt. You will find a small hole on the top of your motor, usually marked OIL, through which you can drip oil onto the engine. This will help to keep all the parts moving correctly. If you find that you are still having trouble, you should remove the frame of your machine, and check the belt and belt shaft for signs of wear. With older chop saws, the belt can break or develop holes in the rubber, and both of these problems require the complete replacement of the belt.
Chop Saw Won't Start
If the problem is with the entire engine of the chop saw, then you will find that you have a problem turning the device on. Before you take the saw back to the sellers, check that the Locking mechanism on your saw has not been left on. This is a safety feature that prevents the saw from working, but it can be easily released when you need it for work.