I just bought a ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser. I never use miter saw before. Cut a few 2x4 to learn how to use it. The problem is everytime I cut, I get a "burning" smell. Not sure if its normal or blade touched other metal parts caused that burning smell.

I also adjusted the depth. I don't think blade touched anything. but still get burning smell.

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    Burning wood or burning electronics? Any blackening of the cut face?
    – isherwood
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 23:52
  • i cannot really tell. didn't see any blackening of the cut face. also checked miter saw, didn't see anything burned.
    – qinking126
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 0:49

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It's burning wood you smell. If it's not a new saw, the issue is likely that the blade is dull. Time for a new blade.

If it's a new saw, it could be that you're cutting too fast through too hard of wood.

  • its new. unboxed today. I never use miter saw before, today is the first time, I dont really know what to do, so cut it pretty slow
    – qinking126
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 0:43
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    Was the blade premounted? Reaching way back in time, I recall when the correct direction for blades/teeth seemed backwards to me.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 1:21
  • @Ecnerwal ah! Good catch...yes, be sure the blade is on correctly!
    – DA01
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 1:23

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