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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 11-17-2011 05:07 PM 4277 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2011 05:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blades tips tricks

What are your tips/tricks re: Different Types of Table Saw Blades?
- different types for different uses and tips re: use (what is a wobble blade and how do you use it?)
“the advantages and disadvantages of the different types – plywood vs laminate, crosscut vs rip, positive rake vs negative, etc?”

(also add links to helpful blogs etc that are related to the topic)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 11:01 PM

Hi Ms. Debbie;

After having tried so many brands over the last 30 plus years, we settled on Forrest blades 10 years ago or so, and have yet to find a better blade.

They are expensive, but worth every penny. We use them on both the table saw and miter saw. And of course we make use of their specialty blades for ripping, plywood, melamine, and solid surface material., as well as use their dado set. They all perform extremely well.

Every once in a while, we’ll try out a competitors blade, but we always go back to Forrest. Their sharpening service is top rate as well.


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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 11:05 PM

Put in a 7 1/2” blade made for a skill saw in your table saw. It limits your cut height but increases your torque. Great for shallow cuts in hard wood.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 11:16 PM

Cleaning them when dirty will yield a lot better cut quality. Inexpensive way to yield better results. Nothing better than a sharp, clean, quality blade. I favor Forrest blades as well, seem to stay sharp a long time. However, they are rather expensive.

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 11:17 PM

Ms Debbie, Wood magazine did a comparison of several sawblades and what will work best for your specific application. Check this out:

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 11:35 PM

I’m almost an exclusive Freud user. Have an Infinity ripper (24 th). I want a glue line rip blade. What am I missing?


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#6 posted 11-18-2011 02:45 AM

I like Freud. It’s a gr8 blade for the money. I wish all these tool manufacturers would give us retired guys a “retiree-discount”. We all have been funding their bread n butter for years, how bout givin us a break? Fixed incomes suk

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 04:54 AM

Freud 10” – – Thin kerf rip – Thin kerf glue line rip – Thin kerf cross-cut – ATB combo – Plywood/laminate

I have two of each of these blades giving me one on the saw while the other is out being sharpened.

Just about at the end of my plywood blades. My sharpening company indicated the next time they would have to put new teeth on it, they’ve been sharpened that many times. Same thing with my ATB combo. New teeth in the near future.

New teeth is still cheaper then new blades and my sharpener warrants the blades and new teeth for as long as I continue getting them sharpened through him. Great deal in my opinion.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 07:52 AM

I have switched exclusively to all metal blades. Those wood blades just don’t seem to last very long.

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 08:07 AM

Roger try making your woodworking pay for its self and then your not on a fixed income any longer.

On blades clean is almost is crucial as sharp and often a blade is still sharp but dirty and stops performing. I use TREND tool and parts cleaner, it is the best cleaner out there. its safe bio friendly and makes cleaning a breeze

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