Well for that price how could you resist?
Actually, the blade should be according to the thickness of the stock you are cutting. Rule of thumb is that at least 3 teeth should be engaged at any time. Using 1" by 1/4" flatbar as an example: If clamped vertically, then 12 TPI is asQuestions:
1. The blade currently installed is oriented to cut on the push stroke. I would think it would work better cutting on the pull stroke. Thoughts?
2. The guy I got it from recommended a 1 inch wide blade (vs. the usual 1/2 inch) to reduce blade deflection and cut wandering. Makes perfect sense to me. However, looking around the 1x12 blades I'm seeing are quite course, 12 and 14 TPI apparently being the norm. I was thinking more like 24TPI. Am I off base here?
IIRC, the last one I used that looked like that cut on the push.
Talk of the metal class gave me a flash back to when Scott was using the foot operated shear to cut off a strip of sheet metal he was going to use to make a ring from. This was one of those ones that you stomped on the big foot lever to make the cut.I haven't seen one since jr high school metal class back in the early 70's.