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Forum topic by getlostinwood posted 02-05-2012 03:50 AM 1635 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2012 03:50 AM

In the time since I boght my table saw I’ve been using the blade that came with it, had it sharpened once but I’m pretty sure this is a truly crappy blade to begin with. I started to feed in 2” of hard maple today and it got really scary for a minute. After already one trip to the ER last year with this saw, dull blade was not feeling safe.
Any advice on a replacement would be greatly appreciated.
12” w 1” bore
Mostly ripping but some crosscutting.
usually working 1” and under for thickness but need to be able to do 2” on occasion.
since I know a $50 dollar blade is out of the question and I’m relly enjoying the way my skills are getting better my budget is something under $150. Less is better but I dont mind spending for the quality and increase in life.


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#1 posted 02-05-2012 03:59 AM

Contact ”knotscott” here on this site..he is very well informed regarding saw blades : )

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 04:39 AM

+1 on the Tenyru blade.

I run the blade in the link below. I have that blade on my Felder sliding panel saw and on my Delta 12’’ cabinet saw. It cross cuts and rips very nicely. The have a 30mm bore but you can get a bushing so it fits a one inch arbor. That what I did for my 12’’ inch Delta. Price is right also.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 04:44 AM

Thanks Dusty… I’m not as well versed on the 12” market, but the same principles apply as 10” for the most part. Because of the large span, I’d stick with full kerf, and something with a positive hook angle is best suited for a TS. 60 teeth or less would probably be best…less for thick ripping.

The best bargains on good quality blades that I know of are currently the German made Onsrud blades being clearanced on Ebay. They have 36T glue line ripper and a 60T combo blade that are both viable candidates.

For more money Freud Industrial, Forrest, Amana Tool, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu, and the CMT Orange line should have some viable choices. Good luck!

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 04:53 AM

Thanks all, Tenryu has enough votes, I’m going to look into them and give em a try.

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 05:19 AM

PS: I was able to order two blades and still come in under budget. A basic GP blade and a fine cut for plywood.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 03:46 PM

I have a Freud higher end blade that I haven’t been able to send for resharpening, so I picked up a Freud Diablo at Home Depot for a reasonable price. I have a ten inch, but they have twelve inch blades as well. I have been pleasantly surprised with these cheaper blades. They perform amazingly well when compared to the higher priced ones.


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#7 posted 02-05-2012 04:01 PM

I like Forrest blades. They cut well, and hold an edge for a long time. They carry a 12 inchs blade/1 inch arbor for under $150.

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