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Dallas

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1014 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw blades 10 blades rip blades ripping blades tablesaw

I need a new saw blade on the table saw. Wife is out of town for two weeks and I need to order one on the internet. I figure I can get away with $40-$60 for a rip blade….. anyone have any preferences in that price range?
Yeah, I’m a poor people, retirement doesn’t go as far as it use to, so I have to do what I can.

What I’m looking for doesn’t have to cut baby butt smooth, just accurately and clean. I can always run it through the planers to get a final size.

The next plan is to send off the worn out Freud blades and have new teeth put in them, re-balanced and sharpened.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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live4ever

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#1 posted 1014 days ago

I’d go with a Freud Glue Line Rip. The LM74 (30 teeth) is a good one and is about $60. The LM75 is the thin kerf version and is $15 less.

If you want a flat tooth grind (convenient if using the blade to cut spline slots so the blade leaves a flat bottom), the LM72, 24T ($60) is a nice blade. The LU87 ($35) is the thin-kerf version of that.

The prices I’m quoting are from Amazon.

(By the way, you mentioned you want a rip blade. Do you really mean for ripping only or do you plan on using it for most operations, including cross-cutting? If yes, then go with a 40T or 50T combo blade, not the rip blades I suggested above.)

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Boneski

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#2 posted 1014 days ago

I’ve got a couple of Freud blades, both rip and combo, and they really are quite nice.

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trimmer

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#3 posted 1014 days ago

I use Infinity blades, and there router bits. Very satisfied. Here’s there sitehttp://www.infinitytools.com/Glue-Line-Ripping-Saw-Blades/products/1195/

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knotscott

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#4 posted 1013 days ago

For thick ripping a good 24T FTG blade will be the most efficient with the least strain on your motor, and should still leave a pretty decent cut with very low burning or binding. The 30T “Glue Line Rip” blades will leave a very smooth cut, but are typically aimed at 1” material or less, and are more prone to burning in thick materials. You didn’t mention what saw you have, but if it’s less than a 3hp cabinet saw, I’d go with a good 3/32” thin kerf so the saw can loaf through very thick rips without straining. If you do have a 3hp+ saw, 1/8” full kerf would be fine. Be sure the blade is at least as wide as your splitter.

The best bang for the buck has got to be the Onsrud blades on Ebay (owned by Leitz). They’re auction style but if no one else bids (often the case), the 24T TK will be $15 shipped, and are precision German made industrial type blades with large C4 carbide and laser cut high grade steel bodies. The full kerf version is $24 shipped (assuming no other bids).

The Infinity 010-124 (TK) and 010-024 are an excellent choice in a premium blade but will cost more (still within your range). The Freud LU87 (TK) and LM72 are also good choices, as are the CMT Orange 201.024.10 and 202.024.10 (TK).

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 1013 days ago

I second knotscott’s recommendation for the Freud 10in 24T LM72. I had been using the Freud LU84 50T Combination and kept struggling and burning with hardwood stock in the 2in range, even with my G0690 3hp TS.

My lesson learned was that stock thickness dictates choice of blade more than I originally thought. Since you run everything through the planer, the 24T may be your better/best choice.

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1013 days ago

If you have a Home Depot you can get to, they should carry the Freud Diablo line of blades there. I have their blades in several configurations on everything from my circ saw all the way up to my 12” SCMS. Good blades, very clean cuts…

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Dallas

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#7 posted 1013 days ago

Thanks gentlemen,
I’ve been looking at the Onsrud blades but really didn’t know which version would be the best.
90-95% of what I’m doing with the TS will be ripping.
I do have a couple of cross cut blades that are in great shape, so I can change when I need to.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#8 posted 1013 days ago

I second dbhost’s recommendation of the Freud Diablo blade. I use their combination thin kerf blade for most regular work, including ripping up to 3/4” stock and it leaves a very smooth finish. I got mine at Lowes.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#9 posted 1013 days ago

Dallas,
I agree with the 1st choice of Freud blades, but if money is a concern you might want to check out the Hitachi 311128 10-Inch 24 Tooth ATB Ripping Table Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor, available from Amazon @ $22.68.
It is a good blade, made in France, I use it when I need to send off my Forrest for sharpening. I am amazed how good it is and lasts. If nothing else it is a great blade to have as a backup.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 1013 days ago

PS.
Hitachi also has a Hitachi 310878 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor, also available from Amazon @ $24.99, which I also have ….. great blade, made in France with a 5 year warranty. Read the customer reviews. Good blade to have.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Bertha

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#11 posted 1013 days ago

Lol at this…”Wife is out of town for two weeks” meaning “so I’ve got to do this quick!” lol.
I would listen to anything that KnotScot says. I ordered an Onsrud on his recommendation and it’s a fine blade (used in my RAS). I think the Freud is a good route too. Anyone know anything about the CMTs? I noticed my Lowes now carries them.

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knotscott

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#12 posted 1013 days ago

”Anyone know anything about the CMTs? I noticed my Lowes now carries them.”

CMT seems closely matched to Freud in the market place. Both made in Italy, both use a lot of coatings, have a broad range of blades, and multiple series…ranging from really good value blades to premium. The CMT Orange line is roughly the equivalent of the Freud Industrial line, and the CMT ITK and ITK Plus series are the rough equivalent of the Freud Diablo line. Lowe’s carries the CMT ITK Plus line. CMT’s CS presence doesn’t seem to be on par with Freud’s from what I’ve seen though.

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agallant

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#13 posted 1013 days ago

+1 on Freud

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1013 days ago

Thanks Knot! The CMT I saw was in the price ballpark of the Diablo, so maybe a bit overpriced at the big box? I’d be buying those Onsruds all day long but I have poor delay of gratification and generally rely on the big box stores b/c of accessibility.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BreakingBoardom

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#15 posted 1013 days ago

Yeah, I have this CMT ITK Plus blade from Lowes. I got it cause I wanted a flat tooth grind blade and it works ok as a general purpose blade but I think my Freud Industrial blade was better. I’ll probably buy a Freud Ripping blade soon to go with my Freud Crosscut which gives great results. Or maybe I’ll try an Onsrud. Anyway, thanks for the extra info KnotScott.

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