|Forum topic by jacobem3||posted 05-31-2016 02:53 AM||392 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
05-31-2016 02:53 AM
I just assembled my new Grizzly G0771 and I’m a little confused trying to figure out which blade(s) to buy for it. My near term projects will involve cutting 3/4” plywood for cabinets/boxes and ripping dimensional lumber for some mobile bases. I’ll also cut some MDF to make a crosscut sled (need to make a zero clearance insert too).
The G0771 is a 2HP saw and it’s pretty dialed in from the factory (blade aligned to the miter slots within 0.001” and keeps that alignment when raising and lowering the blade) and the fence locks securely and consistently. The arbor has no measurable run out.
After doing some reading I’m leaning toward getting a couple blades rather than one general purpose blade – one high tooth count blade for plywood and crosscuts and another lower tooth blade for rips.
The vast majority of my cuts will only be 3/4” to 1.5” deep. Would it make sense to get smaller 7” circular saw blades? It seems like I could save quite a bit of money with 7” blades (plywood, rip, crosscut, etc.) for the cost of a single 10” general purpose blade (like a Forrest or the Freud Premier Fusion).
I’m new to woodworking, this is my first table saw and I’m sure I’ll make a number of mistakes along the way… it’s a hobby and a learning process for me.
Here are a few selections I’m considering. I’m not sure where the sweet spot is for value. Any feedback, recommendations, insight etc. is appreciated.
These are all Amazon prices, current as of 5/2016…
Option 1, general purpose:
Option 2, high end general purpose:
Option 2, 10” specialty blades ($140)
Option 3, cheaper 10” specialty blades ($65)
Option 4, super cheap, 7” blades ($23)
I do plan to get a dado stack because I think box joints look like fun, but I haven’t done any dado research yet.