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Forum topic by Shawn posted 01-13-2007 12:25 AM 2111 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2007 12:25 AM

Wood ran an artical about a year and a half ago that I thought may be helpful to some of you out there. They went over different Saw blades and came up with reccomendations. Well I wont plagerize the entire artical here, what I will do it is post the two biggest points that benefited me. Use zero clearance inserts in your saw, this dramitiaclly reduces chip out especially when cutting sheet goods. Cross cut and rip blades are good, but they wear out faster, the best bang for your buck is to go and buy two, yes two high end compination blades, use one, when it’s dull have it sharpened and switch to the other one. This saves money over dedicated blades, and when the blades are sharp the cut quality is almost identical. Hope this helps some of you.

-- Cheers

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#1 posted 01-30-2007 05:02 PM

How many teeth? I use a 80 tooth blade and Im getting burn on the wood. Does fewer teeth eliminate that?

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#2 posted 01-30-2007 05:45 PM

There’s a lot of discussion on saw blades. As a basic primer, table saws like positive hook blades, and radial arm saws like negative hook blades. For ripping on the TS, a lower tooth count will produce an easier cut 24T – 32T. For crosscutting, a higher tooth count produces a cleaner cut 50T – 60T. For general TS use a good combination blade will give respectable cuts as Shawn pointed out. And carbide tips on blades will give the best and longest life to the blade. I have left a 60T on the saw for extended and multiple tasks for no other reason than there was so much to cut, both ripping and crosscutting, I just didn’t want to take the time to change out.

Part of the cutting dynamic is not to rush. So, slowing down does produce better cuts and also provides for a safer operation.

I use a Biesemeyer, and not all my blades produce the same kerf, so my changing blades also necessitates resetting the measure indicator.

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#3 posted 01-30-2007 05:49 PM

O.K. So I got a 60 tooth on my chop saw and an 80 tooth on my tablesaw so I should change them?

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#4 posted 01-30-2007 05:56 PM

Another piece of advice to follow, especially when using carbide-tipped blades, is to make sure you raise the blade up enough so that the valley of the kerf clears the top of the wood. This ensures you have more of a downward angle where the blade meets the wood, producing a cleaner cut.

-- Ethan,

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#5 posted 01-30-2007 06:03 PM


Yes, go and change them right now before you forget. That’s right, you’ll have to leave the keyboard for a few minutes.

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