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Forum topic by Zuki posted 09-16-2007 11:40 PM 1758 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2007 11:40 PM

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Hey All

Another blade question. The three following Freud blades are on sale at Canadian Tire (35% off). Im looking to replace the blade in my TS. About 75-80% is ripping. Anyone have these?
Will I need a stiffener for the thin kerf blades?

I know that Forrest is the best and the fancy red blade from Freud is good as well . . . but these are on sale. :-)

Im also getting a lot of tearout on my mitre saw. Im tempted on getting one of these, but I may be upgrading my saw to a 12” later on.

80 Tooth Thin kerf $61.74

50 Tooth Thin Kerf Combination $40.94

24 Tooth Thin Kerf Ripping $29.99

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#1 posted 09-16-2007 11:54 PM

If you can only afford one get the 80 tooth.
You will get extremely good cuts with it.
If you are going to get into WWkg get all three.

The advantage of a thin kerf blade is really for underpowered saws as the use about 25% less energy to make a cut.
The disadvantage is that the blade can wobble – or so I am told. – Never had it happen yet.


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#2 posted 09-17-2007 12:27 AM

Ditto what he said.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 09-17-2007 02:12 AM

In for a penny, on for a pound. I’ll join the chorus that Bob is leading.
I have the 80 on a chop and the 50 on the TS (At least I think they are the same model…Canadian Tire won’t let me look with my dang ole zip code. Rejected by my Northern brothers… Oh, the tragedy.)

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#4 posted 09-17-2007 03:51 AM


When you say 75-80% ripping what are you talking about, do you need glue ready edges or just the fastest most aggressive ripping you can get. If you want to really chew through the boards a 24, or 20, tooth, large gullet, NON-thin kerf blade is the way to go. You cant hardly feed boards though these things fast enough. The down side is quite a bit rougher edges, generally not glue ready.

It looks like you are asking about two blades, one for ripping on your table saw and one for crosscutting on your mitre saw. For the miter saw the 50 tooth is probably a good compromise. Aggressive enough cutting but a good clean cross cut.

For the table saw it depends on the edge you want and the feed rate you want. The 50 tooth should give a good edge but not get as bogged down as an 80 tooth.

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#5 posted 09-17-2007 01:55 PM

75-80% ripping I meant that I would be doing very little crosscutting on my TS.

I have plenty of “aggressive” blades to chew through the wood . . . looking for something a little finer. It appears the 50 does seem like the best fit. When I go there tomorrow I may just come back with all 3. :-)

Try “A1C 5M2” for the postal code, it should let you take a look. Every time I run into a Zip Code request I always plug in 90210 . . . the only one I know from that TV show a couple of years ago.

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#6 posted 09-18-2007 12:21 AM

I have a standard 24 tooth and a 24 tooth thin kerf blade from Freud. I also have a stiffner for the thin kerf. I do not use the stiffner, I have never really needed it. (the saw is a Delta Uni – with 4 HP, 3 phase motor )

If you are going to Rip wood then use a Rip blade – it makes life so much easier when you are cutting 12/4 * 20’ long boards of OAK. I do not like combination blades, they never give a perfect finish in any cut, after all they are a compromise blade.

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#7 posted 09-18-2007 12:47 AM

I went out to Canadian Tire and bought the following two blades – TK806 & TK906. Cost me a smidge over $100. Funny thing . . . as I was getting back in my Zuki this guy came up to me and handed me a card. He said that saw me buy the blades and he owns a sharpening shop. he can do my old Delta 10” 60T for $15 each.

Here is a link to Amazon for you Non-canadian who are unable to access the CT site

Thanks for all your input. Gonna make dust tomorrow.

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