Crosscutting Vs. ripping

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Blog entry by Al posted 02-07-2009 11:54 PM 2788 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting my tablesaw up to snuf including a new saw blade (DeWalt 10” 60 tooth carbide) and labeled as “precision trim”, I find it to be great when cross cutting but lacks a bit when ripping. I thought this blade would cut both ways without a problem. Is there a good combo version I could purchase or is it best to have 2 seperate blades and plan my cuts accordingly. As always, Thanks. Al

-- Al Meriden, Connecticut

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 12:08 AM

it can be a little bit of a pain, but I use two blades.

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#2 posted 02-08-2009 12:45 AM

might be better with slightly less teeth for ripping say 40 or less Alistair

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 01:54 AM

A 60 tooth trim blade is not made for ripping lumber. It is designed for smooth cross cuts. A good ripping blade does have less teeth but also has and agressive hook angle and deep cullets at least at every 4-6 teeth. This makes for fast removal of dust and shavings. I f you are going to use one blade invest in a good combination blade. Ther is a whole science to blade design and engineering. The right blade does make a big difference in the task and end result.

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#4 posted 02-08-2009 01:55 AM

I use a 30T Forester II and find that it does very well for both ripping and crosscut. The only time I change is when I cross cut hardwood plywood.


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#5 posted 02-08-2009 02:05 AM

I am with Map on this issue. I use the 40 tooth Forrest WWII. It works just fine for ripping and crosscutting. I have the complete set of Forrest blades but simply do not like to change blades so I use the 40 tooth combination blade for nearly all my cuts. The 40 tooth WWII produces almost no tear out in plywood unless it needs sharpening.

But in your case for rip cuts you need to either go with a blade for rip cuts or get a combination blade, which would simplify your woodworking life.

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 04:38 AM

I use the same stuff Barry does.

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#7 posted 02-08-2009 05:26 PM

I think the Forrest Woodworker II is one of the best if not the best combination blade in the market. You can get it on Amazon for around $80.00 with free shipping if you use “Super Saver Shipping”. This low price will not last forever.

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