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Coonhound

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03-01-2017 01:08 PM

I am new to wwodworking and new to Tablesaws i want to upgrade the blade on my new saw and want advice on what blade would be a good all around blade.


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#1 posted 03-01-2017 02:05 PM

For that saw I’d recommend a good 3/32” thin kerf blade. Which blade is best is subjective, and dependent on price range. It’d be good to know your budget.

For best value at lowest price, I’d go with the Irwin Marples 40T or 50T (not Irwin Marathon or Classic) for ~ $30-$35. The Freud Diablo series is/was on par with the Marples, but check to be sure it’s made in Italy, and not China.

Better yet for more money (~$70), the Infinity Combomax Lite 010-150. It’s an all around great blade that will rival the best, is easy to get great results with, and won’t break the bank. It’s the best of the 50T ATB/R blades I’ve tried so far.

If you want to spend big bucks for a bit more performance, you’d actually be better off getting a good separate crosscut blade and a dedicate rip blade (Freud Industrial, Infinity, Ridge Carbide, CMT Industrial, Forrest are all excellent). For a single all purpose blade, the top candidates in the $100+ range are the Infinity Super General 010-045, Forrest WWII, Ridge Carbide TS2000, Tenryu Gold Medal, or Freud Premier Fusion.

Regardless of which blade you choose, the results will depend largely on setup and proper choice for the task. It’ll also help a lot if the material is flat and straight.

Tips for picking saw blades

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Bill White

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 02:54 PM

And…...(wait for it), after you get a good blade, keep it CLEAN. Even the most expensive blades don’t work well when all craped up.
Bill

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kocgolf

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 03:08 PM

I have your saw with a couple different Freud blades. The thin kerf combo ATB works great.

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dalepage

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 02:25 AM

I have a Forrest for crosscutting and a Freud for ripping. The Freud is so smooth that it cuts a perfect glue surface. I never have to joint the ripped edge to glue up a panel.

You get what you pay for. You can find plenty of cheap blades at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I don’t recommend them.

-- Dale

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