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03/05/12

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Keep in mind the diamond edge of the blade is not the part that wears away ... it's the BACKING (the brassy part of the blade) that wears as you cut. Here are some helpful hints to get the longest life from your blade:

  • Push lightly when sawing. Let the saw do the work. Pushing too hard will cause excess wear and will make the pattern harder to follow. Light pressure will minimize blade twisting. When the blade twists, it wears the backing down.
  • When you find it necessary to back your blade out of a cut, TURN THE SAW OFF and use your thumb to hold the blade in place against the guide blocks. 
    Backing the blade out with the saw running will cause excessive wear on the blade back and will enlarge the hole in your work surface. Once your glass has been backed out, be sure the blade is properly set into the upper and lower guide blocks before turning the saw back on.
  • The tighter the curve you are cutting, the harder the blade back will scrape against the edge of the glass you've just gone through. When cutting tight curves, reduce your pushing pressure to next to nothing and just steer the blade along your pattern line. The saw kerf (the kerf is the narrow gap created by the blade) will widen slightly, reducing the wear and tear on the blade backing.
  • Keep your blade tension adjusted! If the blade wants to skip out of the lower guide block, turn the adjusting knob (located between the two upright posts at the left end of the work surface) counterclockwise 1/8 turn. If the blade skips out of the top AND bottom guide blocks, then you need to LOOSEN the tension by turning 1/8 turn clockwise.
  • Keep your blade guides in shape!  When you notice the blade guides are wearing down, replace them! It's lots cheaper spend a couple bucks on a set of blade guides than $49 for a new blade!
 

Need more info or factory service?  Contact Gryphon at 818-890-7770

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