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Forum topic by Lefley posted 05-19-2017 04:02 AM 1015 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lefley

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05-19-2017 04:02 AM

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Have just aquired a new(old from auction) unisaw and need to put a blade in. A really good one for sled work. I have a rip blade for ripping a cmt, but need advice on type of blade for cutting angles etc. brand name and tooth count and type much appreciated.


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#1 posted 05-19-2017 05:26 AM

I think a combination blade is a good choice for your first blade. 40 to 50 tooth. Brand names depend on your pocket book. A Forrest is considered the best, but it’s over $100. A good Freud can be had for under $50. The main difference is the thickness of the carbide tips. The Freud will give you stellar cuts, but can’t be sharpened as many times as a premium blade.

To rip thick stock, something in the 24 tooth range is good. It’ll minimize burning that is common with some woods, like cherry.

But the combination blade is a good one to keep mounted for everyday crosscuts and ripping 4/4 stock.

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#2 posted 05-19-2017 06:03 AM

Since you have a rip blade, a 40T general purpose blade like the Freud Fusion would do it.

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#3 posted 05-19-2017 06:12 AM


Since you have a rip blade, a 40T general purpose blade like the Freud Fusion would do it.

- Rick M

What Rick said is good advice.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 05-19-2017 01:50 PM

I have to admit the Forrest WWII 40T is the best all around blade I’ve ever used (reg kerf). I only change for thick cuts and then its the 20T rip blade from Forrest.

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#5 posted 05-19-2017 02:04 PM

40 tooth Amana “prestige line”

A sweet general purpose blade. (But you can’t go wrong with Forrest)

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#6 posted 05-19-2017 02:25 PM

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#7 posted 05-19-2017 04:07 PM

Forrest here.My tablesaw doesn’t spin a blade as fast as a unisaw but it does spin a 12 inch and the forest blade is very quite.Plus they are made in the USA if that’s important to you.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 05-19-2017 05:37 PM

Since you have a rip blade already, I’d lean toward a blade that’s more adept at crosscuts. CMT Industrial and Freud Industrial both make good 60T cabinet maker blades that are pretty versatile, and would make for an excellent compliment to your rip blade, with less overlap and cleaner results than a general purpose blade.

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