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Forum topic by COMO posted 02-21-2012 12:55 AM 1485 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 12:55 AM

I am fairly new to woodworking but have finished a few projects and in the middle of a few more. I have a Ridgid 3612 Table saw but to this point have been using blades purchased at HD and Lowes. I am think of upgrading to a couple of good blades. Which ones would be a good start? Also does any one know of a good fence they would recommend for this saw? Thanks. I look forward to posting some projects soon.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 04:00 AM

Como, There are lots of quality blades out there. I suppose you need to first set your price point. I have pretty good success with freud. The most recent was a 40 tooth atb for approx 100.00 plus a little I think. And I have used Tenryu for quite a while. I have others that have been to the sharpeners so many times the label is long gone. I also have a forrest on one chop saw and a radial arm saw. Used to have one on a table saw and all were full kerf. Its been my experiance that forrest is a good blade but highly overated. Im not sure I ll ever buy another one. Anyhow you better figure on around hundred bucks or there about for a decent blade. You can find a pretty good deal on amazon for the freud. FWIW I m not big on changing blades and that is why I like a decent combination configuration. On occasiion if im into something really special I may use a triple chip. On the fence, sorry theres only one I can recomend: Biesmeyer ! JB

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 06:11 AM

For blades, right here.
Forrest WWII quality at a bargain price.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 01:05 PM

Infinity tools makes a nice combo blade; I’ve been happy with mine.

-- John

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 03:32 PM

yes I have forrest frued tenyru cmt but the secret is finding that older gentlmen that knows how to sharpen, I buy forrest brand new and take them straight to him to be sharpened they cut like butter and the blades look like a hand planes blade they have a mirror polish and they cut forever so theres your answer its in the way they are sharpened ,I have sent blades everywhere and there is no comparison to the way this guy sharpens blades, but I would go thin kerf its easier on the saw and the cuts are good but buy at least 5 of different #s of teeth but 24 is good and maybe a 48 for crosscut but the forrest 30tooth is agood buy at grizzly and grizzly sells frued cheaper than home depot, trial and error

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 04:05 PM

About a year ago I needed a new general purpose blade for the tablesaw. I picked up a DeWalt 2 blade pack with a 40 tooth and a 60 tooth blade. I wasn’t expecting them to be the best blades going but for the money, $40-$60, I figured they’d work till I got some of my other blades sharpened. Yesterday I was cutting plywood, crossgrain, for garage shelving. There was no blowout on the underside and the cut was smooth. This was with the 40 tooth that has been used for a year. The 60 tooth blade I used on a cherry TV stand with both solids and plywood and I was really impressed with the cut. No burns and a smooth, glue ready cut. I got a lot more than I expected. I still haven’t gotten around to getting my other blades sharpened!

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 04:30 PM

+1 for the Freud blades, get one for ripping 40 tooth and one for crosscutting 80 tooth, and you will notice a difference in the quality of cuts.

Maybe change your belt, if belt driven, to the V link belts. I installed them on the band saw and the difference was amazing.

Welcome to LJs Como, looking forward to your projects.

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 04:43 PM

Tips for picking saw blades (some of what you’ll need to know…).

A good general purpose or combo blade is always handy to have, and the best of them will do a very nice job with most cuts, but give up a little performance at each extreme of thick ripping and fine cross/ply cuts. Hard to go wrong with an Infinity Super General, Ridge Carbide TS2000, WWII, Freud Fusion, or Tenryu Gold Medal. Blades like the Infinity Combomax Lite (010-150), Freud LU83, LU86, or DeWalt DW7140PT or DW7150PT are also very good for less money. If you rip a lot of thicker materials, you may want to add a decent 24T or even 30T TK ripper like the LU87, DW7124PT, Infinity 010-124, or Forrest WWII 30T. If you need ultra fine cross or ply cuts, I’d add a good 60T or 80T Hi-ATB blade like the Infinity 010-060, 010-080, Forrest WWI, Forrest Duraline, Freud LU79, or CMT 210.080.10.

The Delta T2 is a nice fence for the money. I’d also consider a miter gauge upgrade….Incra and Osborne are both great gauges.

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 09:08 PM

Thanks for all the information. Seems I am always learning something new. I looked at the blade reviews as well. Looks like a lot of great information on this site. The miter gauge is another good suggestion. I have most the power tools that I plan on buying for a while. Now I am just trying to work on projects and upgrade as needed. Also dust collection is a high priority at this point. Thanks again

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 09:21 PM

The blades you’ll constantly hear mentioned are the Forrest WWII, and Freud blades. You can’t go wrong with either; I have one of the Freud Fusion combo blades which does a very good job on rip/crosscut/plywood, and a thin kerf Freud ripping blade that I use for some of my wider stock.

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 09:42 PM

Look at the Onsrud blades on the Bay. They are sweet, and not expensive.
I also use Freuds with good results.


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