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#1 posted 11-07-2011 03:27 PM

Keep in mind that carpenters used to sharpen their own saws – everyday. It was something you did before you went home every night. If you are ripping plywood, budget twice the time and a sharpening – the glue and grain changes play hell with the blade. If you are ripping softwood stay with a 6 point rip saw, hardwood, I would use an 8 point saw and take my time. Half the sawing is removing the waste, softwoods will also have more sap and moisture, making the saw bind more so the set is a significant factor.

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