I have to read the instructions and problem solutions for this saw more often than I’d like, mainly because I usually skip over what doesn’t seem related to the problem I’m experiencing, but then I often discover what I have ignored has an effect on the problem.
In both of the Orchid discussions linked in my previous post, they discuss how the frame’s blade grips are not holding onto the blade, which can be due to several things including unnoticed tension issues.
A solution mentioned in those threads is cleaning out unseen debris from the blade grip area.
I rarely notice a blade that is a tiny bit shorter when it’s removed from the frame, but it can prevent a good grip the next time I saw. The blade will ping, but then one end becomes loose while sawing. It’s not easy to identify what is happening, for example:
- a tiny bit of broken blade in the clamp area is preventing a good grip on the blade, or
- reusing a blade that doesn’t appear to be broken but might actually be too short for a good grip;
and after I define the specific problem, it’s not easy to recognize the solution because the unique features of this saw make troubleshooting more complex.