|Review by BigDawg||posted 01-20-2013 08:35 PM||11922 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
When I first bought my Ridgid TS3650 table saw, I knew that it would need a good blade to allow this saw to reach its full potential. I bought the Freud Fusion 40 tooth combination blade (3/32), and the Freud 24 tooth (3/32) glue line ripping blades. They both work very well. Bevels, miters (with miter gauge), and rips are done without taxing my 15 AMP motor too much.
However, here is the kicker! I then purchased a Ridge Carbide Ultra TS-2000 48-tooth general-purpose blade (3/32 kerf). And the results do NOT even compare. The machine cuts better than ever!
All I can say is the Freud make great blades, but nothing like Ridge Carbide. No saw marks of any kind. Simply put, the cuts shine. I wish that Ridge Carbide sold their blades on Amazon.com; would be great for business! The Ridge 48 tooth has nearly a 10th of an inch thick steel plate. No wobble, the teeth (carbide) are huge compared to Freud and other companies (meaning more sharpening). And their sharpening service is cheaper and BETTER than Forrest’s’.
You can always tell a good blade by signs of wear on the blade face! If you have a cheap blade, no matter how accurate the saw is setup; the name will eventually rub off due to the wood material touch the blade body (primarily this happens due to the way the carbide is ground). Plus, blade flex, wobble can cause even more premature wear and tear on carbide tips. On my Ridge blades, the name is still immaculate; nothing has been worn away yet. That shows how good these blades are! Spend the extra money and buy good blades. If you are getting scratchy cuts it is MOSTLY (not the only reason, but the major one) due to body flutter / flex!!
I used the Ridge 48 tooth for cutting phenolic faced (9-ply) ¾” plywood, both rip and crosscut with fantastic results. The Freud Fusion leaves some scratchy marks, a lot more than the Ridge! Birch and oak plywood are notorious for splintering. I had to play around with the height of the saw blade to get a minimal amount of splintering with the Freud Fusion 40 tooth. The Ridge cuts at ANY height without ANY issues!
I must say I like Freud blades but I really love this Ridge Carbide Ultra TS2000 blade. I also use a Freud 24 tooth rip 3/32 thin kerf (don’t waste your money on expensive ripping blades). The FREUD ripping blade for like 30 bucks does the trick). The Freud ripping blade works wonders on really thick wood (2 inches or more). Buy Freud blades and get great results. Buy Ridge Carbide; get the best results money can buy!
-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com