What could you be doing wrong?...I don't think it's anything you're doing wrong, but I am unfamiliar with that machine. Are they direct drive?..Do they use a belt?..is there any lubrication or grease points?
Hey Robert...what material were you cutting...and for what length of time??.(10 minutes, 2 hours, half a day, etc), and were you using an extension cord? In my experience, these saws are "hobby" grade
Glad to try to help...Google "torsion box construction" and you'll get it.....I like to use Waterlox on my benches. It's a modified Tung oil finish that never chips, flakes.....and can be re-applied down
Hey Walt...budget has something to do with the choice, but I like to make bench tops from good 3/4" Birch Plywood..a single layer, properly fastened down, with solid Maple edging is strong, two layers
Hey Lorne, sorry for the late reply...If I'm correct, this tree is a variety of the Paulownia, genetically modified to grow quickly. I have no experience with it, so I really can't comment with any intelligence