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#1 posted 01-27-2014 02:04 PM

You will get a TON of replies on this, with everyone’s favorite brand, so I will not comment on manufacturers.

I will, give you a couple of tips on geometry. With a 14” saw I would stick to blade thicknesses of .032” or less, and there are a lot of good options out there. Blade width will be in the 3/8” to 1/2” range mostly depending on how tight radius work you want to do. A 1/2” wide blade does not like to turn tight corners and the 3/8” will be better in that aspect. Since you mentioned resawing, I would choose a 3 or 4 tooth/inch (TPI) blade with a hook profile tooth. That will give plenty of gullet space for chips, and the hook angle will resaw nicely. If you want a slightly smoother cut, you may try a skip tooth profile. I personally do not use those and have never had issue with the cut from the hook profile teeth.

For a 93 1/2” blade, you will find an almost limitless online shopping store and many manufacturers to choose from. Get a couple of different blades and give them a try. Make your own decision as to which works best for what you are doing.

BTW, I am currently running a 3/8” 4TPI blade and it has been a good all around choice, including resawing up to 8” maple.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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