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#1 posted 01-30-2007 05:45 PM

There’s a lot of discussion on saw blades. As a basic primer, table saws like positive hook blades, and radial arm saws like negative hook blades. For ripping on the TS, a lower tooth count will produce an easier cut 24T – 32T. For crosscutting, a higher tooth count produces a cleaner cut 50T – 60T. For general TS use a good combination blade will give respectable cuts as Shawn pointed out. And carbide tips on blades will give the best and longest life to the blade. I have left a 60T on the saw for extended and multiple tasks for no other reason than there was so much to cut, both ripping and crosscutting, I just didn’t want to take the time to change out.

Part of the cutting dynamic is not to rush. So, slowing down does produce better cuts and also provides for a safer operation.

I use a Biesemeyer, and not all my blades produce the same kerf, so my changing blades also necessitates resetting the measure indicator.

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