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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 01-30-2016 04:02 PM 411 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2016 04:02 PM

What is the best saw blade to use on a miter or radial arm saw,,,I was told a blade with a 7 degree negative rake, ,,can anyone recommend a good one,,and I would like to thank everyone that supplied me with info on how to set up and align my craftsman radial arm saw,,,thank you ever so much,,,,,

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 04:09 PM

Freud LU91M. Made specifically for the sliding miter saw. Would work fine on a RAS as well.
Here's an ad for one.

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 11:11 PM

Since you don’t do a climbing cut (unlike a RAS) with a slider, I wonder if the negative hook is really an advantage. Maybe a cleaner cut?

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 11:32 PM

I just put one on my saw. I really like it. Clean cuts even in veneered plywood. I had an 80T Freud on prior, but it didn’t cut as clean in plywood as this blade.

Freud LU91M. Made specifically for the sliding miter saw. Would work fine on a RAS as well.
Here s an ad for one.

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 12:57 PM

For a RAS and SCMS, a blade that has a low positive to negative hook angle is recommended. It doesn’t have to be specifically -7° (which could prove hard to find anyway). It’s probably best if it’s not more than +5°, which should give you a nice selection of good blades to choose from.

I’ve been totally impressed with several Infinity blades…assuming 10” blade, their 60T Hi-ATB, 80T Ultrasmooth Hi-ATB, or 80T 010-280 Miter-Max are all excellent choices. The Ultrasmooth should leave the cleanest cut of those, the 60T will also be excellent and will cut a little faster, and the Miter-Max should cut cleanly and have slightly better edge life. The Freud LU91 is a solid choice, and their LU80 should be similar to the Infinity Ultrasmooth. Forrest also has some excellent choices in the WWI, Duraline, and Chopmaster, albeit more expensive.

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