Troubleshooting Your Circular Blades

Carolina Knife Co.’s Circular Blade Troubleshooting Guide

An under-performing circular blade can cause several problems in your manufacturing business. We’d like to provide you with some helpful tips for spotting problems with circular blades early so that you can address them before they become an issue that affects your bottom line. Improper care or neglect of your blades can result in costly damage! Carolina Knife Co. specializes in blade sharpening and manufacturing, so please, contact us with any questions about the blades you count on to get your jobs done. Your circular blades may need attention if you notice any of the following things:

1. Irregular Noise

After repeated use of your circular blade, you’ll be familiar with how it is supposed to sound while in operation. When you start to notice a change in the sound, however, it may be time to inspect the blade for common problems. Depending on the RPM of the blade, it will naturally produce different sounds. A change in this sound could mean that the teeth on the circular blade are damaged and should be inspected for chipping. 

2. Overheating

This may not be a problem that you notice right away, but in some cases, you may even notice burn marks on wood that is being cut. An overheated circular blade can be the result of a dull blade, incorrect feeding speed, or another misalignment. Missing or bent teeth on the circular blade are usually obvious signs that the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened or replaced. Failure to do so will slow production time and potentially damage your products. Overheating can also come as a result of excess debris around the blade, slowing down its cutting speed and creating unnecessary friction, resulting in heat. 

3. Smoke

If you should notice smoke coming from the blade or from the motor operating the blade, you should immediately inspect for damage. Smoke can be the result of a failure of one or more parts to the saw mechanism. In most cases, smoke will come from a dirty air filter in the saw apparatus, burning of engine oil, or an incorrect fuel mixture. Disassemble the appropriate parts of your saw, and inspect for debris and dirty filters. Usually, a dirty filter can be easily cleaned, dried, and returned to service. If you still notice smoke coming from your saw, refer to the saw manufacturer for repairs.

4. Ceasing Blade

On some occasions, your circular blade may cease up altogether. There are numerous causes for jams like this, which can usually be ascertained through a quick inspection. Firstly, find which mechanism is jammed. If you don’t see an obvious jam, take another look at the air filter, since a clog in this system could potentially stop engine operation. Making sure that there is no power going to the saw blade, see if it can be manually rotated. This can help you determine if there is a jam with the blade or in the motor itself. If it appears to be an electrical problem, where power is not properly getting to the saw, speak with a professional electrician to diagnose the problem.

When All Else Fails, Contact The Experts

If the problem with your circular blade cannot be identified with this quick guide, we encourage you to give the experts at Carolina Knife Co. a call, and we can help you. Our specialty is the manufacturing and repairing of all manner of industrial blades! There are no problems that we haven’t seen before. Contact us now, and we’ll get you on the right track and back to having your operation up and running!

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