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When cross-cutting softwood 2x4s, I find that the blade always cuts more cleanly on the right hand side of the blade than the left. I am not talking about tear-out here, the cut is rough through the whole of the material. As a result, I end up having to make the final cut with work-piece on the right. But the saw (Evolution Rage 5s with 80 tpi blade) has a nice smooth mitre slide on the left but only a rather wobbly mitre slot on the right - I therefore have to compromise support for a clean cut. Is it normal for a table saw to cut more cleanly on one side of the blade that the other (regardless of how the wood is supported), and if not, how do I fix this? Thanks.

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  • "80 tpi blade" Do you mean an 80 tooth blade? What kind of blade/teeth? The web site for the saw claims "Cuts Steel, Aluminum & Wood With One Saw & One Blade!", have you been cutting metal, how old/used is the blade. – Alaska Man Oct 15 '20 at 17:51
  • The saw has a smaller bore size, if you changed blades to a standard bore blade did you use an adapter? Blade review for the Evolution 5s youtube.com/watch?v=LaNOTA8kUeE – Alaska Man Oct 15 '20 at 18:00
  • Sorry, yes that is 80 teeth. It's not the blade that came with the saw it is a Saxton "TCT Circular Wood Mitre Saw Blade 255mm x 80T x 25.4mm Bore fits Evolution Rage Saws", which I believe is intended to be used with the Evolution saw without an adapter. No, I have not been cutting anything other than softwood and plywood with it, and it has had a few months of light use. – AlanU Oct 15 '20 at 18:37
  • Does it exhibit the same behavior with other blades? A test may help to shed light. – Alaska Man Oct 15 '20 at 20:19
  • Is your fence parallel to the blade? (Measure from tooth at the back of the blade, then spin that same tooth forward and measure again.) My gut is that the fence is off, relative to the blade. Or the blade is off, relative to the table. – Aloysius Defenestrate Oct 16 '20 at 1:02
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The fix for my problem was to approach the blade manufacturer Saxton who promptly sent a new blade which cuts as expected.

The budget nature of the saw does not seem to have been an issue, and I think my measurements of blade orientation with respect to mitre slots were probably also a red herring.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this solution - this is a really helpful forum.

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