Odie. Your main problem is probably being to aggressive with a dull blade. If you do mainly dry wood, blades take a beating. A quick touch on the back of a blade will take out any imperfection at the weld. If you hear a blade ticking it is going to soon break. Do you ever tune up the saw? Adjust the guides & bearings. Set the tension correct. Too aggressive a blade can be a problem just like on a radial arm saw but slowing down usually solves that problem. Cheers. Ron.