8'' Table Saw Blade (not a dado stack)

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Forum topic by Dchip posted 12-29-2010 09:37 PM 1961 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2010 09:37 PM

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I couldn’t find much info on sub 10’’ table saw blades, so i was hoping someone here had some experience. I’m tempted to try one or both of the following blades since I respect the freud name:

I’ve tried circ saw blades in my table saw and really like the noise reduction and thin kerf, though it seems that the kerf may be a bit too thin, causing deflection under stress. Also, the carbide teeth seem a bit lacking (to be expected for a $10 blade).

One final thought is that if the run-out on my arbor is significant (I dont have a dial indicator yet), then the greater the diameter of the blade, the greater the movement, and that a smaller blade would give smoother cuts. I don’t cut much material over 6/4, so i dont see this being a drawback.

Anyone have any thoughts/experience, i would appreciate all input.


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#1 posted 12-29-2010 11:14 PM

Running a smaller blade on a saw that isn’t designed for it
will result in a slower speed on the outside of the rim. You’ll
have to decrease your feed rate a bit running an 8” blade.

You’ll get a more stable cut with a full-kerf blade. Thin kerf
is less stable in precision applications like joinery.

Finally, if your saw has noticeable runout (you may have warped
blades), I recommend you sell it to somebody who doesn’t
need to cut joints and get a different saw.

I had an INCA for awhile that took 10” blades but only an 8” blade
would retract into the table. That 8” blade cost me about $60 and
I only used it for joinery. It was an accurate saw and a good blade,
but not the choice I would make today knowing what I know now.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 01:53 AM

I have a vintage table saw that uses a 8in dia. blades mine is a crosscut/ripping blade and works fine. I think that freud combo blade should work, however forrestblades about $90 are very good they make 8in as well as amana for about $60. If your saw is worth keeping you may need arbor bearing if there a lot of play, and no new blade will fix that problem. Also rockler just put there dial indictor with miter bar on sale you might check that out.

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