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04-30-2012 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Getting back into woodworking after several years away from it (long boring story). Just finished setting up a new Grizzly G0690 – love it! Looked at my old Freud 48-tooth combo blade and decided it’s time to upgrade. I want to get more specialized blades for ripping, veneer/plywood, etc. Got questions, need advice please:

1. I think I want to get a Forrest WWII 20-tooth ripping blade – good idea, or are there better suggestions?
2. Should I get a new combo blade for everything else, or go with a crosscut blade and a separate veneer/plywood blade?
3. Also need a good stacked dado set – suggestions?

I don’t want the absolute most expensive things out there, but I’ve saved up enough so I can spend a few hundred bucks. Want to get excellent quality. Made in USA would be a definite plus!

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 06:30 PM

1)YES! If yo have the funds, go for it. If not, Freud is always an excellent fallback. I just bought a 40T myself.

2) Again, if you can afford it, get one of each.

3) I have a freud stacked Dado I just had the blades sharpend on, and I love it.

Hope that helps!

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 06:41 PM

A combo blade is easier to use, but a dedicate ply/crosscut blade will give better results within it’s intended range. A rip blade is easier on the saw and saves the edge life of your better blades.

The Infinity Dadonator is the best dado set I’ve used to date…..their other blades I’ve tried are also world class (Super General, Combomax). They have some nice package deals that can save some coin. Package deals.

Tips for picking saw blades

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 07:04 PM

Go on eBay and look for Onsrud blades. Very nice, I think German manufacture. VERY inexpensive on eBay. I think I paid $22 each. MANY choices in terms of grind (ABT, TCG, and many more). I got a dedicated ripping blade and plywood blade. You can get a glueline rip blade, etc. For a couple hundred bucks, why get 2 blades when you could get EIGHT…. or just get 4 and use the extra C-note for something else :)

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 07:42 PM

@knotscott – thanks for the links. Your “tips” write-up is outstanding!

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 07:47 PM

I’ve had 10” combo Forrest, Ridge, and a custom blade with Cermet teeth from Carbide Processors. They all perform about the same. If you do a lot of heavy ripping, a dedicated rip blade is worth it. For less than 1 inch inch ripping and all else, I now use an 8” Freud Premier Fusion. It does just as well as the much more expensive big boys, without degrading my self esteem.

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 07:59 PM

Charlie gave ya a good tip. I picked up 2 Onsruds, a glue line ripper and combo. Excellent blades.
I have a bunch of Freuds as well. Also good.
Check ‘em out.


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#7 posted 04-30-2012 08:24 PM

The Onsrud blades are a great value, but their supply is dwindling. He’s got 9 listings right now, for 10” blades.

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 08:40 PM

I have a combo blade from Onsrud I purchased from ebay at Scott’s recommendation. I’m very, very happy.

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 12:02 AM

I have used freud combo which I liked Now have Separate rip and crosscut Frued which if you have the $ I think is a better choice. Just depends on what you are doing with it and what your cutting

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#10 posted 05-01-2012 12:14 AM

I have used almost all of the very good combination blades that there is available today. But if you intend to do alot of ripping, then I would go with a decent ripping blade. The best combination blade cannot compare to a good ripper.

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 01:58 AM

I don’t know what the name is but if you go to Home Depot, go to the machine they use to cut blinds and find out the blade name. I have about 5 of them and they are the sweetest blades I ever used. They have about 120 teeth and are super balanced I have never had Tare out, never got a burn on the edge. They only come in 8” but work great on my uni-saw. I will go down to the shop and look at one after this post. BRB

OK I found it. The blades are made for “Nien Made blinds” by ACAT. From what I see you can’t buy them commercially. You will have to get hold of the person that repairs and services the Nien Blind machine and as him to get it for you. or give you the old one. I worked for a company doing maintenance on them and use to service them. I had to change out the blade when they asked me to even though the blade was still good. I asked the parts people if they wanted the blade back and they said just through it away. I asked if I could keep it and they said “sure”. That was 5 years ago and I still have the blades. Its worth the trouble they are a great blade.

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#12 posted 05-01-2012 02:09 PM

Go for the Forrest Woodworker II (I use a 10” 40 tooth regular and thin kerf) and a Freud Stacked Super Dado set. This combination is hard to beat and will serve most all of your needs. I would use something else if I had a lot of green or wet wood to saw. The Forrest blades stay sharp for a long time and perform well for ripping and cross cutting. The Freud Stacked Super Dado is extremely accurate and results in a flat bottom. Buy these and pretty much forget the search for others.

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#13 posted 05-01-2012 03:36 PM

Go to this site; Everything you could ever know about saw blades.

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#14 posted 05-03-2012 08:42 PM

FORREST-FORREST-FORREST. I use Woodworker II blades and the Forrest 8” dado set. Finest, longest lasting blades ever. Send them to Forrest for sharpening when needed and you have a new blade again. They are very good at sharpening their blades and very reasonbly priced. Send them UPS or Fedex. You CAN NOT go wrong with these blades or with the Forrest customer service. They will pay for themselves with their quality and longevity, justifying the little bit higher price going in the door. It is a family owned, small US company to boot.

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#15 posted 05-03-2012 09:02 PM

If you’re not ripping anything thick, you might consider installing an 8” blade. A little cheaper.

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