Thin Kerf or Full Kerf for Grizzly 1023SL

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Forum topic by Kevin posted 09-09-2009 04:47 PM 1293 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2009 04:47 PM

I’m sure it’s been discussed before, but i’m just looking for some pros and cons on a full kerf compared to a thin kerf for the Grizzly 1023SL TS. Anyone have any opinions on what would be the better kerf for that TS. I know the thin kerfs are for lower powered saws so as of now i’ll probably be going the full kerf route.

I’ve pretty much got the blade type I need picked out and i’ll also be making my own ZCI for it also.



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#1 posted 09-09-2009 06:49 PM

Conventional wisdom now seems to be that think kerf doesn’t really give you more in terms of cutting ease that a good quality blade wouldn’t give you. And my experience with thin kerf blades has been that it tends to throw off your alignment with the splitter on the nut side of the arbor. Meaning the edge of the piece you’re cutting can get hung up on the splitter, creating a dangerous situation in my estimation.

I don’t have specific knowledge of your particular saw, but I think you’re wise to just get a good quality standard kerf blade.

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 08:53 PM

A high quality TK will be fine if that’s what you’ve got, but if you’re looking for a new blade, there’s little benefit with going with a TK on that saw. The biggest benefit of a TK for casual users is that it’s easier on your motor because it’s about 1/3 thinner. Full kerf is less likely to deflect, and you’ve got plenty of power now, so there’s really no need for a TK unless you’re using lots of expensive exotics, which can add up to significant savings. I used several TK’s on my 1-3/4hp Craftsman 22124 hybrid with excellent results, but have slowly converted to full kerf for the 3hp Shop Fox.

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 09:07 PM

Thanks guys. That is what I had came up with between them also, but thought I’d check here for the experts opinions.

I’ll be looking for a new blade and it will be FK.



-- Williamsburg, KY

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 10:59 PM

Congrats on your saw purchase Kevin and I know you will be excited to get the saw assembled, tuned, and using it in your shop

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 11:00 PM

Thanks Cato, you know it :D

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 03:08 AM

I have the 1023 and I’ve tried both regular and thin kerf blades on it. The saw has more than enough power for regular blades, so no worries there. I do find though that the thin kerf is good for doing a bit of resawing with the tablesaw—which is childs play for those three horses.

Enjoy! It’s been a couple years since I got mine and I’m still delighted with it!

-- --Thiel

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