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#1 posted 12-25-2009 05:28 AM

Rockler’s site has “Expert” Advice, one of which is Saw Blades 101

“Hook angle affects blade operation in important ways. A blade with high positive hook angle (+20 degrees is a high hook angle) will have a very aggressive cut and a fast feed rate. A low or negative hook angle will slow the feed rate and will also inhibit the blade’s tendency to “climb” the material being cut. A blade for ripping lumber on a table saw will generally have a high hook angle, where an aggressive, fast cut is usually what you want. Radial arms saws and sliding compound miter saws, on the other hand, require a blade with a very low or negative hook angle, to inhibit overly fast feed rate, binding, and the blade’s tendency to try to “climb” the material.”

-- Joe

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