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Forum topic by sawdustmaster posted 09-02-2010 09:14 PM 1566 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 09:14 PM

Im looking for a good ripping blade for a circular saw. I would like as close as I can get to a glue-able edge after the rip. Any suggestions? I was thinking of the Diablo 60 tooth from Freud.

I will be ripping 6’ maple to 2 inches

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 09:30 PM

I cannot speak its ripping ability first hand, but that blade rips ply VERY nicely in my Porter Cable circular. I have a Freud 10” blade on my table saw and it rips great. I dont know if that helps but its all I got. ; )

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 06:26 AM

Delta has a 24 tooth rip blade. It works good.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 10:56 PM

I have the Diablo 60-tooth from Freud that you are referring to and I think, for the money, it’s fantastic. It does well with the various woods I’ve sicked it on, from cedar fence pickets, to ply, etc. A little bit of tearout on ply but only when crosscutting, and that’s if you don’t precut with a knife ahead of time. Next time I crosscut a piece of ply with it, I’m going to try making a very shallow pass with the blade first, just to cut through the top layer of the ply (1/16” or so).

I’m no circular saw expert, but it’s the best blade I’ve seen and used on my 7-1/4” Skil circular saw. I would think you’d be just fine ripping through 2” of maple with it. Just make sure your feed rate is good, and if you’re going fast enough for it to not burn the wood or bog down the motor on the saw, I don’t see any issues.

I’m sure there are better blades out there, but you’re going to pay for it!

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