GENERAL HOW TO'S ABOUT USAGE MAINTENANCE TROUBLESHOOTING
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TROUBLESHOOTING
MY BLADES ARE SLIPPING
TENON CUTTER SKIPS OFF TO ONE SIDE OR BOUNCES AROUND
 The log may be larger than the tool will accept. Remember that logs are not perfectly round Not enough body pressure is being applied to the drill The drill is running prior to positioning the log. You must have the drill positioned against the log, apply body pressure, then start the drill
THE TOOL IS NOT CUTTING
 Blades are slid too far back - not grabbing Blades are dull Not applying enough body pressure to the drill

TENON CUTTER TAKES TOO MUCH OF A "BITE"

  • Remove one blade or "shim" up no more than 0.20"
  • Taper the end of the log (If the log is larger than what the tool will accept, slightly taper the end of the log with a draw knife to get the tool started)

 DRILL STOPS OR CUTS ON SMALL DIAMETER LOGS BUT NOT LARGER ONES

This is most often caused by using a variable speed drill

  • It can also be caused by using a drill with too high of RPM's. We recommend 450 or less
  • Using a non Milwaukee brand drill can cause this as well
    • Dewalt, Makita, Rigid, etc. have less torque

CROOKED JOINT

THIS IS FROM HOLDING THE DRILL CROOKED TO THE LOG

SPIRAL GROOVES ON THE TENON JOINT

  • This is cause by wobbling the drill side to side while cutting

OR

  • Removing the cutter from the log while the drill is still spinning
 This is normal, and often times preferred, as it makes for a stronger glue joint THE TENON IS ROUGH [NOT SMOOTH]