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Posted on Which is the best general purpose table saw blade? Freud or WW 2?

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 03:56 AM

The problem I’ve found is that after just a few passes, an otherwise fabulous blade will chip-out on ply. That’s why they make scoring saws. So I started running ply over ANY blade with a scoring cut first. I know, I know, it sucks having to run it twice but it has totally eliminated chip-out for me. I’ve tried the masking tape too, but I prefer raising the blade for a second pass, it’s less work and saves tape.

Otherwise, right now I’m giving a good workout to one of those new Freud Glue-Line Combi blades. It’s a 60 tooth .128” kerf [perfect for building my blade box] and is an ATB w/raker design. I am very satisfied so far. It retails for $100 but I found one for $50 on eBay. Sweet!

I’ve also had good luck with DML, Amana, P-C, Craftsman, Oldham, Bosch and Rigid. The key is understanding that no one blade will be great at everything. I keep a combi on the saw but I can nab a finish, rip or thin kerf blade and swap it out pronto as the need dictates. Also, blades are like other tools, choose the best blade that you can afford and keep it sharp! I won’t buy a blade that can’t be resharpened. Also, get to know your sharpener, he can be a real asset and a great practical consultant.


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