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02-26-2011 08:45 PM

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I pick out three blades that I like for my RAS, I am wondering which is the best out of the three.

1. Forrest WW08607100 Woodworker I 8-Inch 60 Tooth 5/8-Inch Arbor 3/32-Inch Kerf Circular Saw Blade

http://www.amazon.com/Forrest-WW08607100-Woodworker-32-Inch-Circular/dp/B000OML2C4/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2T8H5NFR92BHJ&colid=1DCDRVQD4HMI3

2. Freud LU88R008 8-Inch 48 Tooth ATB Thin Kerf Crosscutting and Ripping Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor and PermaShield Coating

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-LU88R008-Crosscutting-Ripping-PermaShield/dp/B00004T7PQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I20L6CJBAQ9MUE&colid=1DCDRVQD4HMI3

3. Freud LU83R008 8-Inch 40 Tooth ATB Thin Kerf Combination Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor and PermaShield Coating

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-LU83R008-Combination-PermaShield-Coating/dp/B00020JOA0/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=IKNVYT5L9S2ZC&colid=1DCDRVQD4HMI3

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 09:11 PM

The Forrest blade says “For Radial Arm Saw or Table Saw Use,” right on it.

That’s NOT the Forrest blade I would suggest you consider.

They make one that is ONLY for RAS’s.

For that one, you have to call them, directly, and talk with … well …. Charles :-)

If you can afford that one (I think it IS $90, also), it’s the best.

If not, I’d probably buy the Freud LU91R008, for $58. It has that negative hook angle that is really important to prevent the thing from “self-feeding” on you.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 09:13 PM

I’d also suggest looking at the blade topics on the Delphi Radial Arm Saw Frequently Asked Questions page:

http://people.delphiforums.com/snotzalot/sawdust/faq.htm

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 09:23 PM

Neil what model Forrest blade do you have?

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 09:26 PM

Since a RAS is rarely used to rip, a combination blade is not always a good idea. You want a good crosscut blade, and unless you have a really underpowered saw, thin kerf isn’t the way to go. Full kerf is more stable and produces better cuts.

Negative hook is great if you can get one in your price range, it will make the saw safer. But I have no trouble at all with a good Diablo crosscut blade with a standard hook.

Buy the best you can afford and use the saw properly and you can’t go wrong.

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 09:28 PM

I have a 1/2 hp RAS.

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 09:28 PM

It’s a Woodworker I.

BUT … it’s specially made FOR the RAS, and HAS TO be ordered directly from Charles Bazikian, AT Forrest:

[800-733-7111 extension 314]

Look at this page, where it says, “Parts to restore a DeWalt radial arm saw”

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 09:31 PM

If you can afford the Forrest blade (you REALLY should talk with Charles, directly), then I’d get it.

If not, then the Freud I linked to is probably your best bet.

But Mr. Sawdust …. ONLY recommends the RAS-specific Forrest blade … if you want to follow HIS advice ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 09:33 PM

The MMB (yours) is a 9” saw.

If you get an 8 inch blade, then you’ll spin it easier, and won’t HAVE to worry much about the thinner kerf.

Worst that happens is … you have to use a slower feed rate.

To ME, that’s perfectly okay.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 09:35 PM

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 09:45 PM

Yes my is a 9’’. I really like forrest blades.

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 10:14 PM

Charles – As has been mentioned on other forums, you need a hook angle of no more than 5°….less is great. The LU88 (+15°) and the LU83 (+10°) are great blades for a TS, but have too steep of a hook angle for a RAS.

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 10:31 PM

And … as I’m fond of saying … I’d take Scott’s advice on this, instead of mine ;-)

So … I think we’re back to Freud’s LU91, or the Forrest.

‘Zat sound right, Scott ?

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 02-27-2011 02:21 AM

Neil, I really like the Forrest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 02-27-2011 03:37 AM

Forrest blades are the best!!

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#15 posted 02-27-2011 04:23 AM

LOL….yeah, those are both great choices!

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