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Offline IndyMike

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Hello!

So I just picked up a TS 55 a few days ago and prior I had been using a Bosch Circular Saw [with no speed adjustment].

That said the TS 55 does have a blade speed adjustment and I'm not entirely sure how to know what speed I should be using.  I know that it would vary with material - but how does one know whether to use a higher speed or a lower speed?

I do have the 3 blades from few teeth to lots of teeth although I'll most likely be using the middle one most often.
Mike

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 01:10 PM »
Look at page 13 of the Supplemental Manual. It lists speeds for various materials.
Birdhunter

Offline IndyMike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2018, 02:03 PM »
Look at page 13 of the Supplemental Manual. It lists speeds for various materials.
Will do :).
Mike

Offline IndyMike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2018, 02:15 PM »
It looks like the speed 6 is within the recommended range for everything I want to do [hard and soft wood] - no plastic or aluminum or anything.
Mike

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2018, 03:07 PM »
I didn’t see any differentiation for blade type just materials.
Birdhunter

Offline IndyMike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 04:28 PM »
I didn’t see any differentiation for blade type just materials.
Yeah. I’ll be using the universal blade most.
Mike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2018, 12:20 AM »
I run it on 6 for all types of wood and sheet goods with every blade. Exception being cutting plastic for which I use 2 or 3.

I have not ever put in the effort to experiment though.

Seth

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2018, 07:12 AM »
I keep it on 5, for no other reason than being able to notch up to 6 when I feel like it. Makes no sense, I know…
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Offline IndyMike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2018, 01:32 PM »
I run it on 6 for all types of wood and sheet goods with every blade. Exception being cutting plastic for which I use 2 or 3.

I have not ever put in the effort to experiment though.

Seth
Yeah the supplemental manual suggests 4-6 for just about everything but metal and plastic.
Mike

Offline jobsworth

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2018, 05:49 PM »
I run mines on 6 no matter what

Offline rst

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2018, 06:39 PM »
Speed # 3 works for the majority of plastics that I cut.  I have other saws that I use for aluminum although I rip up to 1/4" aluminum on my table saw with no speed adjustment, same for my chop saws.  That being said, I keep aluminum/plastic blades in all my stationary equipment...Amana's Blucoat blades are fantastic.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2018, 09:07 PM »
Cut a lot of aluminum with my 75 last year. Started off at speed 4 but soon increased to full speed with no visible penalty. I did frequently lube the blade with waxy stuff meant for that.

So, as most do, I run the saw at full speed for everything but plastics.

Offline IndyMike

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2018, 12:14 AM »
So to cut acrylic - 2 or 3?
Mike

Offline rst

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2018, 08:56 AM »
I cut acrylic, polycarbonate, and ABS all at 3.

Offline Cheese

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Re: TS 55 Blade Speed Adjustment - how to know what speed is best?
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2018, 08:57 AM »
So to cut acrylic - 2 or 3?

I'd start at 3 and if you're melting the acrylic too much then bring it to 2.

Porcelain is 1 with a diamond blade.
Cement board is 3 with a PCD blade.
Aluminum is 4 or 5 with an aluminum blade.
Wood is 6