Please recommend a good flat-top 10" sawblade

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Forum topic by live4ever posted 06-06-2010 02:20 AM 2154 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2010 02:20 AM

I’ve been trying my hand at box-making lately. It’s a lot of fun. I made a lovely spline key jig (thank you Doug Stowe) but found out the hard way that ATB sawblades aren’t so great for splines. So, for my current project, any recommendations on easy ways to clean them up (I can’t think of a good way to do it).

And for the future, what’s a good flat-top blade? All my sawblades (40T, 50T, 60T, 80T) happen to be ATBs.

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 02:40 AM

I have a 50T ATB made by Amana, every third tooth is flat.


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#2 posted 06-06-2010 02:54 AM

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 03:14 AM

The vast majority of flat top grind blades are found in bulk rippers…usually with 10-24 teeth. Decent full kerf 24T FTG blades include the Freud LM72, Infinity 010-024, DeWalt DW7640, DW7124, Amana RB1020 (20T), CMT 201.024.10, and Forrest makes a 20T FTG. There is a 36T Freud made thin kerf FTG that came with the original Ryobi BT saws, and there’s a Bosch 60T FTG TK CB1060L. A true 100% FTG blade is the only grind that’ll leave a truly flat bottom. Blades with combination teeth are flatter than ATB grinds but the non-flat top teeth protrude above the flat top teeth and will leave grooves accordingly.

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 03:21 AM

you can also try a 7 1/4” blade. For cutting splines there isn’t a need for more than that and Freud makes some good 7 1/4” and 6 1/4” blades that I believe are flat top grind. I’ll have to check but I have thier 40 tooth 6 1/4” blade and its very nice.

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