Never used a blade dampener before but interested. Can they be used on miter saws as well?

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11-15-2018 11:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw dampener stiffener blade accessory blade accessories

About to buy my first Forrest Woodworker saw blade for my table saw and discovered the Forrest Dampeners as well. Just wondering if “blade dampeners” and/or “blade stiffeners” can also be used on miter saw blades as well? The Forrest dampeners say, “not for use on chop saws” but as a newer woodworker, I don’t know if miter saw and chop saw are used interchangeably?

Thanks for the help,

Dan from Germantown, Wisconsin

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#1 posted 11-16-2018 12:22 AM

If you want to get technical. Even though many woodworkers say “Chop saw” when they mean “Miter saw” its the wrong name.

I have some blade stabilizers. I never use them after I first tried them out. I can’t see where they help on a good saw blade.

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#2 posted 11-16-2018 12:39 AM

ditto to A G,i tried stiffeners years ago also and it seemed i was always putting them on and off and they never seemed to would never use on a mitre saw.

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#3 posted 11-16-2018 12:43 AM

I never have used them on any of my wood chop saws.. :)

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#4 posted 11-19-2018 05:02 PM

Thanks, I was just curious.


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#5 posted 11-19-2018 05:20 PM

For better or worse I have always had stiffeners on the table saw blade, but not on the miter saw. I do have a laser on the miter saw though which is really helpful.

The biggest issue with using a stiffener on the inside of the blade next to the arbor is the offset. I have different zero insert plates for saw blades and dado stacks since I take the stiffener off on the dado in order to get all of the blades on and still have room for the tightening nut.

Also, you can’t raise the blade up as high with a stiffener since it will hit the bottom of the insert plate.

Once again, it depends on what you are used to. I’ve always had this set up so it doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t take any longer when I’m changing blade set ups.

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#6 posted 11-20-2018 05:38 PM

For years I have never needed a stiffner on carbide tooth blades as the width of the carbide teeth means the steel blade body never rubs against the wood causing it to generate heat and warp. However in the “olden” days before carbide teeth (I’m a old codger) the teeth of the steel blade were offset slightly to each side to widen the kerf to solve the blade rubbing problem (hand saws too). But you still could get enough of the problem to warrant a blade stiffner to control the problem. A stiffner does limit the depth of the cut though.

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#7 posted 11-20-2018 06:58 PM

Ya don’t need ‘em with a quality blade.


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