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02-19-2016 02:27 PM

I recently bought a Grizzly G0690 table saw and need to buy a couple blades. The saw is 3HP, and the riving knife requires full kerf blades. I am a hobbiest with plans of building some cabinets and general woodwork. Will be cross-cutting and ripping soft and hard woods, as well as sheet goods ranging from Baltic birch plywood to MDF core veneer sheets for cabinet boxes. I am willing to buy quality, but also interested in bang for my buck. One thing that’s important is the blade for cutting sheet goods cuts clean and doesn’t splinter the veneer on the face of the sheets.

Thanks


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#1 posted 02-19-2016 02:32 PM

The Forrest Woodworker II is my favorite all-around blade. I’ve found the Freud Fusion blades to be very good also, and a bit cheaper.

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 02:42 PM

Ditto

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 02:48 PM

http://www.infinitytools.com/SAW-BLADES-PACKAGES/departments/1026/

Infinity works well and the Freud blades are good too.

No idea on the Forrest but I’d trust the above LJers recommendations.

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 02:51 PM

If I had to limit it to 2 blades (just for now) would it make sense to get one dedicated for the sheet goods, and then a good combo type for the solid woods?

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 02:53 PM

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 03:07 PM

Thanks for all the info

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 04:28 PM

Great blog Knotscott and thanks for posting the link a1Jim,

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 04:29 PM

I am a fan of Freud blades as well. Not the best blade, but IME, best value if you don’t want to spend Forrest type cash.


If I had to limit it to 2 blades (just for now) would it make sense to get one dedicated for the sheet goods, and then a good combo type for the solid woods?

- Somann

I think it depends on the solid woods. If it’s a lot of 4/4 poplar and soft maple, a 40T combo blade will be fine for rip and cross cuts. If it’s a lot of 8/4 hard maple and oak, you’re going to need a good dedicated rip blade then you could use a 50T combo blade for Xcuts and sheet goods.

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 04:31 PM

Spend the money on the forrest. You won’t regret it. It changed my entire view on my unisaw again.

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#10 posted 02-19-2016 04:49 PM

My favorite blades are the Tenyru Gold 40 tooth combo blades.
I have a lot of blades and this, by far, has been my best blade for staying sharp the longest and working the best for the combination cutting.

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#11 posted 02-19-2016 05:26 PM

I’m a big Forrest WWII fan, but I also have several Freuds which serve me well. That said, cutting veneers (plywood, etc.) is really more dependent on technique. You should have the ‘good’ side up, a good zero clearance insert, perhaps a scoring cut before the full cut, and maybe even run a strip of masking tape over the cut line before sawing.

A great saw blade will give you a glass smooth cut with no burning, the prevention of chip out mostly comes down to technique.

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#12 posted 02-19-2016 06:04 PM

Get two blades, rip and crosscutting. While you are at it make sure they have the same kerf thickness, so you would not need separate zero clearance inserts and more importantly the fence setting stays the same for both blades.

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#13 posted 02-19-2016 10:04 PM

It sounds like your emphasis should be on the cut quality of the ply….

Infinity 010-080 Ultrasmooth 80T Hi-ATB blade – < $80….it’ll be tough to find a cleaner cutting blade for tear out free ply and fine crosscuts.

Delta Industrial 35-611 18T FTG bulk rip blade for major ripping (made in Germany by Leitz) – $21

Delta Industrial 35-7657? 40T ATB full kerf general purpose blade – $18 Best bang for the buck on the market, and Cripe Distribution will combine s/h if you buy this and the 35-611 from them.

These should cover a lot of potential scenarios with the highest quality where it matters most, but you’ll still have high quality for the applications that it doesn’t matter as much (bulk ripping and general purpose work). All are really well made blades with ample C4 carbide to withstand many resharpenings. We went top shelf for the 80T, and the best of the bargains for the ripper and general purpose blade…. I suggested 3 instead of two, because the cost of the other two blades is so reasonable it’s hard to pass up IMO.

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#14 posted 02-19-2016 10:40 PM

Forrest by a long shot. WWII is the best combo blade available. Freud makes a great rip blade with the glue joint rip blade. The Forrest Dado King is a terrific dado set. No I don’t work for Forrest, just convinced that I am right.

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#15 posted 02-19-2016 10:50 PM

Try Ridge Saw Blades from New Jersey. Confident to say it equals the Forest WWII, especially when you buy the on sale for $90

-- Brandon

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