|Review by Craftsman on the lake||posted 05-26-2014 07:16 PM||3010 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Usually in my old Rockwell/Delta table saw I use a combination blade. I do very little crosscutting in my table saw as it’s not new and doesn’t have a super fence on it. My main use of it is to cut my wood to width in the jointing/planing process of readying the wood to use. I own a nice sliding combo 12” Bosch miter saw that I do all of my crosscutting with. The combination of the two saws lets me get by pretty good.
I tried a couple of rip blades in the past few years. One was a dewalt with lots of teeth and the other a freud glue line blade. both worked well but not well enough. The Dewalt didn’t really cut that well especially with thicker or harder wood. It would bog down sometimes. But, it never really got worse. It lasted a long time before sharpening. The Freud glue line cut a really nice line but after a couple of months it began to really burn he wood and have a harder time getting through even 3/4 hard wood.
I decided to order this Freud iced one. I had read that fewer teeth will give a rougher cut but with the large gaps between teeth it will shed the sawdust faster and thus give a faster cut without taxing the saw. Sure enough that seems to be correct. The cost is about $50 which puts it in the range of people who can’t pick up some of those super $100+ blades that I’m sure are worth every penny.
This blade cuts very fast (for my saw) and doesn’t seem to bog the saw down at all. I’ve used it through about 100 bd feet of projects so far and it’s staying true like when I first used it. The teeth on this blade are massive. I’ve got a bunch of older saw blades and none of them with carbide teeth have carbide on them even half the size of the ones on this saw. The downside of course is that the cut isn’t as smooth as some of the blades I’ve used with more teeth. But they are good enough for gluing and sometimes I put the edge through the jointer just the same.
So, the recommendation is that if you’ve got an older or smaller table saw that doesn’t have quite the umph of some of the newer/larger saws and you’re looking for a good rip blade at a decent price. I’m sold on this one. Maybe it will work for you too.
It’s got 5 stars because it’s working as I’d like it too. It’s cutting, lasting, and even though the cut isn’t super smooth it’s not supposed to be and never advertised as such. It’s a 24 tooth blade. It is what it is.
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