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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 03-12-2010 05:03 PM 31018 views 6 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2010 05:03 PM

I have a Ridgid non-sliding miter saw, and I’m looking for blade recommendations. I’m not building decks with it…I use it almost exclusively for finer work, so speed is not a factor. I’m looking for the blade that will give me the smoothest crosscuts possible. I read somewhere that a blade with a negative hook angle is best, and of course I know that more teeth is better for a fine cut, but I’m turning to my experts… you guys and gals out there reading this.. for your thoughts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 05:14 PM

Charlie I have been using the Freud Diablo blade with great success. I have several designs (Rip, Finishing, and Combination) I use in my table saw and I’m sure they would be great for my miter saw as well the 80 tooth blade I have cross cuts as smooth and fine as silk.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 05:19 PM

Same here. I have the Freud Diablo, mine is the 96 tooth though. Got it at BORG about three years ago. Cuts smooth as a baby’s – you-know-what. Paid 65.00 and change. Works great for me.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 05:35 PM

A blade expert is lumberjock buddy knotscott
Check out his reviews.
After reading his reviews I went with the woodworker 2.
It is sweet…..

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 05:41 PM

I was kind of hoping Scott will weigh in on this… he is the man when it comes to saw blades. I use a Woodworker II on my table saw, but I’m not sure it’s the best blade for fine crosscuts on a miter saw.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 05:44 PM

Same here Charlie, have the Diablo1080x, found it at HD for $49.97. Nice clean cuts.

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 05:51 PM

Hi Charlie…10” or 12”? A good blade with a high tooth count and a Hi-ATB blade will be about the best you can get for low tearout and clean cuts. You won’t need a negative hook for a CMS, but a low positive to negative hook is suggested for a slider. I wouldn’t go much over 10° hook for a CMS.

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 05:58 PM

I really like my Forest Chopmaster 80T – smooth as butter. (I use the 12” on a Ridgid CMS)

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 06:02 PM

I have a 60 T Freud that I used to replace my miter stock blade (12 inch). I get very smooth cuts from it.


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#9 posted 03-12-2010 06:36 PM

I have a Freud Diablo 10 In./80 Tooth Ultra Finishing Saw Blade. Bought it on sale last year for $35 at a local machine shop.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-12-2010 07:18 PM

Freud Diablo 80 tooth…

-- Rick

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 07:41 PM

Charlie, like Jon I use the 80T chopmaster in my slider and it produces smooth cross cuts in both hardwoods and pine.

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#12 posted 03-12-2010 07:48 PM

Thanks guys. I knew I’d get some solid (if not unanimous) advice.

BTW, I should have specified 10”.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 03-12-2010 07:49 PM

I recently upgraded to a Hitachi 12” CMS and added a DeWalt 80T fine crosscut blade because they were no longer selling the Freuds. I can tell no difference between it and the Freud I had on the 10”. Both leave a smooth as glass finish and the 12” was about the same price as the 10”.

The best I have ever used are the “General Saw” blades (general purpose) that we use at work. They are a special order blade we use on the TS and SCMS and work flawless on anything from melamine, plywood to african blackwood. They have many specialty blades as well and their plastic cutting blades are second to none IMO. They are priced about the same as the Woodworkers.

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#14 posted 03-12-2010 08:06 PM

10” it is…

Best bang for the buck at the moment is the Freud Avanti TK806 Rockler for $30…you might even find a free shipping code.

Other possible bargains are the CMT P10080 from Lowes for $55…both are thin kerf blades. If you prefer full kerf, the Oshlun line is surprisingly well made for the price…Holbren offers good pricing and low shipping.

Premium choices:
Infinity 010-080 is an 80T 40° Hi-ATB grind made to worldclass standards….happens to be on sale for $65. (full kerf)

Ridge Carbide RS1000 10-80T ($115…”SMC10” code gets 10% off)

Forrest DH10807125 Duraline 80T 40° Hi-ATB – $147 shipped (available in a TK…DH108007100 for ~ $143)

Freud LU80R010 (LU79 thin kerf) – 80T Hi-ATB grind. $90 shipped

Freud LU85R010 – 80T ATB with dual side grind….slightly more tearout than the Hi-ATB grinds, but the special side grind gives a highly polished edge….since no edge is finish ready off the saw, I typically prefer to go with lower tearout of the Hi-ATB grinds. $85 shipped

Full or thin kerf is really up to you. TK offers less strain on the motor, but is more prone to flexing….since crosscutting is easier on the saw than ripping, there’s really less incentive to use a TK for a CMS IMO.


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#15 posted 03-12-2010 08:23 PM

Scott, do you what the major difference is between the LU80R010 and thie 80-tooth Diablo?

Amazon prices are $85 vs. $50.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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