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Forum topic by KenBee posted 04-13-2016 12:24 AM 704 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2016 12:24 AM

I do not have a table saw so I have to rely on a circular saw for all my cutting which really doesn’t pose a major problem but there is one thing I ned help with. I only build small projects such as clocks, boxes and guitars and I need a saw blade that will give me nice smooth cuts. I have a Ridgid 6-1/2 circular saw with an 18 tooth blade that gives me terrible cuts in hardwood so my question is, what would be the best blade for cutting hardwood ? I have been looking at 24 and 40 tooth Freud blades but so far no information on which would be best for smooth cuts in hardwood or for that matter an all around good blade for all types of wood such as Oak, Maple and Walnut.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 01:35 AM

Contact the blade manufacturers such as Amana, oshlun, etc for the best answers.

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 11:37 AM

This is easy more teeth = better cross cut.

Get the 40 tooth you will see a vast improvement. Just keep in mind, continuous cuts in hardwood don’t expect the blade to last long. You can sharpen your own saw blades with a Dremel check out Mattias Wandel on Youtube.

There are other things you can do to improve the quality of cut like:

1. Score your cuts with a knife prior to sawing.

2. Make a zero clearance insert out of 1/8 hardboard and apply to the bottom of the saw plate to reduce tear out.

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 02:25 PM

Carbide blades with 40 teeth. Steel blades with teeth incorporated into the blade will never give you as clean a cut as carbide.

Finding a 6 1/2” blade with carbide might be a problem. Like Rick mentioned, try Amana. Good blades, and might have that size available.

Sharpening services are the only people I know that sell Amana blades, so look for a service locally….

I have a 1/8” thick x 7 1/4” 40 tooth carbide blade on a worm drive Skilsaw. I can’t tell you how well it performs as it’s the only blade I’ve had on it since the early 80’s. It does everything I want it to do…....Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 03:25 PM

I am a fan of Freud for circular saw. I have teh diablo 40 tooth, but also make use of blue tape on the wood.
I also made a 3/16 thick plywood sole for the saw that serves as zero clearance insert, to help with splintering on the top surface.

I only use the circ saw for awkward items, or breaking down sheet goods… the rest I do on the tablesaw.

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