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Forum topic by Wintersedge posted 07-26-2011 07:56 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2011 07:56 PM

Looking for a general consensus.

I have a 12” miter saw that I plan to use for both construction and fine finish work. I just purchased an 80T blade for doing fine work. The reviews I have read on the blade were all 4-5 stars. Is it worth swapping the fine finish blade with the factory blade when I go from fine work to 2×4 chopping? Or, will the blade last a few years and it is not worth the time to swap blades around just to extend the life a few extra months?

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 08:04 PM

Every blade only has so many cuts in it before it is worn out and can’t be resharpened anymore. So yes, your new blade won’t last as long if you use it for 2×4 chopping as well as finish work. But for me personally, I’d much rather give up a little blade life than spend all that time changing blades back and forth. Now if you knew you were going to spend a few days doing nothing but 2×4 work, then you might be wise to change. A blade with bigger teeth will cut faster anyway.

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 08:07 PM

Charlie’s right. If only a few cuts, just make them.

I tend to only swap blades on the miter saw if I am working with treated. I have a doggish blade for that.

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