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#1 posted 02-21-2012 04:43 PM

Tips for picking saw blades (some of what you’ll need to know…).

A good general purpose or combo blade is always handy to have, and the best of them will do a very nice job with most cuts, but give up a little performance at each extreme of thick ripping and fine cross/ply cuts. Hard to go wrong with an Infinity Super General, Ridge Carbide TS2000, WWII, Freud Fusion, or Tenryu Gold Medal. Blades like the Infinity Combomax Lite (010-150), Freud LU83, LU86, or DeWalt DW7140PT or DW7150PT are also very good for less money. If you rip a lot of thicker materials, you may want to add a decent 24T or even 30T TK ripper like the LU87, DW7124PT, Infinity 010-124, or Forrest WWII 30T. If you need ultra fine cross or ply cuts, I’d add a good 60T or 80T Hi-ATB blade like the Infinity 010-060, 010-080, Forrest WWI, Forrest Duraline, Freud LU79, or CMT 210.080.10.

The Delta T2 is a nice fence for the money. I’d also consider a miter gauge upgrade….Incra and Osborne are both great gauges.

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