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#1 posted 03-16-2016 08:48 PM

If you want top performance for your new saw, I’d go with a good 60T or 80T crosscut blade, and a decent 24T rip blade instead. The best analogy I can use is to compare the general purpose blade to an all season radial tire. General purpose blades are good at just about everything, but excel at none, so I don’t generally advocate spending big bucks for what’s an intended compromise by design. A great 40T general purpose blade won’t crosscut as cleanly as a good task specific 60T to 80T crosscut blade, and won’t rip nearly as efficiently as a decent 24T bulk rip blade. You can always pick up a $30 Freud Diablo or Irwin Marples general purpose blade down the road if you feel a need….those blades can come surprisingly close to a TS2000 or WWII for much less, and are more cost appropriate for your saw IMO.

This 80T Oldham Pro blade is $20 plus s/h, and will give super fine crosscuts as well as excellent plywood/sheetgood cuts. Made in the USA. Forget the name, buy the blade (not all Oldham blades are this good). The Freud Diablo 60T D1060X for $39, or the comparable Irwin Marples would also be a good choice for a crosscut blade (don’t confuse the Marples line with the Irwin Marathon line….again, buy the blade, not the brand)

Add a decent 24T thin kerf rip blade like the Diablo or Marples for $27-$30, and you’ll have a lot your of cutting needs covered quite well. That should even leave funds a decent 40T or 50T general purpose combo blade if you still want to pick one up.

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