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BlankMan

1487 posts in 1958 days


1715 days ago

Rockler’s got a 10” x 50T on sale for $19.99 the only thing is it’s thin kerf. I tend to stick with full kerf but that appears to be a pretty good deal.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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knotscott

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#1 posted 1714 days ago

The TK906 was a very good blade at $35 on sale, $20 is a steal. It’s not likely to replace anyone’s Forrest WWII, but it’s nice enough blade. You should find that the better TK’s pose less resistance to your saw.

The best deal on a full kerf general purpose blade is the Delta 35-7657 from Cripe Distributing. $17 plus $10 s/h…..

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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BlankMan

1487 posts in 1958 days


#2 posted 1714 days ago

Thanks Scott. I’ll look at that Delta. I just stick with full kerf because, well old school is part of it, but I hate adjusting the indicator on my fence. Not hard I know, but I usually forget to put it back then, oh, the board’s short…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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FatScratch

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#3 posted 1714 days ago

Curt, I have the same blade in Freud’s industrial line (just bigger carbide and different coating) and I love the blade. I wish I bought for $20! At $20 it is almost free! That Delta that Scott highlighted looks very nice too.

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lumberdog

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#4 posted 1714 days ago

I ordered the Delta 35-7657 and got it Wednesday, i installed it on the saw and tried it out. I am very pleased with it, it is an excellent blade at an excellent price. You don’t realize how bad a bad blade is until you use a good blade. I think i will order the 10” X 50 tooth blade from Rockler, a thin kerf blade comes in handy at times.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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Bill White

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#5 posted 1714 days ago

I use TK blades when ripping ‘cause they really seem to free up the load on the TS. My Freud blades have been super.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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BlankMan

1487 posts in 1958 days


#6 posted 1714 days ago

Thanks guys, I appreciate hearing how things work for others so I don’t always have to learn the hard way.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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TheDane

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#7 posted 1714 days ago

Curt—Is that an in-store special? Don’t see it on their website.

I have actually come to prefer the thin kerf blades for most cutting operations … less waste, seems to run cooler, and is easier on the saw motor. If I am cutting oak or walnut, I install a set of blade stiffeners to reduce the chance of deflection.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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BlankMan

1487 posts in 1958 days


#8 posted 1714 days ago

Dane I got it in an email. There was a link to a sales flyer and it was on the front page. I think it might be this months flyer.

Running cooler I can see, 0.030” per cut saving wood, not so much. I typically rough cut to a 1/4” to 1/2” wider then trim down to the size I need so it’s straight and both sides have clean cuts. Less taxing on the motor I can see too but in testing cutting hardwoods I barely taxed my 3HP motor to 50% of it’s capability, but for a horse and a half or three-quarter I can see it. And as you pointed out, a little less stiff.

So I guess I’m still leaning towards full kerf as long as I can get them for a comparable price. I’m inclined to try the one Scott pointed out. And I haven’t ordered any yet. ;)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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