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#1 posted 09-09-2011 05:37 PM

There are reasons to use undersized blades in furnituremaking, but for
general usage, I’d say stick with the blade size your saw is designed for.

Now a lot of sliders are designed to take 300mm blades, which is about
12” and the Euro saws tend to run fast anyway. This may have to do
with 50 vs 60 cycle power. It’s a minor issue really, but if I put a 10”
blade on my slider I get a slower rim speed, which might be a good
thing sometimes, because that saw runs faster than a common 10”
cabinet saw. I think some of the European saws may run at closer
to 7000 rpm (top pf head figures – I could be way off).

Now American and Asian 10” saws made for the American market are made
to run at 60 cycles and at… maybe 5400 rpm. The 10” blades, especially
the higher-quality ones, are optimized in design and manufacture to
produce the best balance between cut quality, speed and durability at
this general speed range.

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