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Ben Simms

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10-11-2012 03:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw sharpening blade 10 saw blade

The other day I was shoving a piece of 3/4” Douglass fir through my table saw and reflecting on the new smell of burning wood as small warm chips shot back in my direction.
Maybe I need a new blade?

I mostly work with pine and some plywood at a hobby rate.
I don’t have a lot of money, $50 would be at the top of my price range and less is better.

Is Diablo good?
Any suggestions?

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 03:53 PM

I have Diablo rip, crosscut, and dado blades. Been extremely pleased with all, but then again, never used a Forrest or anything fancy like that. My Diablo blades leave a great edge and cut easily. Plus, readily available locally. I’ve used Dewalt crosscut blade as well, but have been happier with my Diablos.

If you have to buy just one blade, see what the offer in combination blades. I still use the combo blade that came with my Bosch TS for cuts where I don’t mind a little bit of a rougher edge. And that edge is due to the fact that its a cheap blade that came with my saw, not because it’s a combo blade.

Also run a diablo in my circular saw, and after replacing the old lousy blade, I wish I had done it sooner.

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 03:54 PM

I like Diablo 90 tooth for crosscut work just fine for my work. It’s around $49 I think.

Also, I got a Ridgid (gold color) 54 tooth combo blade that I like a lot. Think it was like $29 at Home Depot.
I keep the combo blade on my TS and the crosscut on my CMS.

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 04:08 PM

The Irwin Marples 50 tooth combo blade is a bit better than the Diablo and around the same price. I reviewed both of them here. If you need to spend under 50$ and only want one blade, that would be my recommendation. Lowes carries them (online and in store)


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#4 posted 10-11-2012 04:13 PM

10” delta 40T combo blade said to rival the performance of a similar WWII blade. $18 plus shipping. it’s in my amazon shopping cart for my next order.

here’s a review by knotscott:

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 04:18 PM

I second the recommendation for the Marples blade. I’ve been a looooong time user of Forrest WWII blades. Ocassionally use a CMT rip blade and have used off and on the Freud Premier Fusion blade too. I’ve had the Marples blade on the saw for the last month and its impressive. It wont give you a flawless edge on rip cuts… may get some saw marks but I handled those by just touching up some edges with a sharp block plane because the tooth marks were only in certain spots and it wasnt worth running the jointer.

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 04:21 PM

Check out Onsrud blades sold as overstock on ebay. Real
quality pro-shop blades at very low prices.

If you cut a lot of pine, your blades will get gummed up
with pitch and it makes for rough and smelly sawing. Soaking
the blade in soapy water and scrubbing with a soft bristle
brush improves such blades a lot.

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 04:37 PM

Agree with Loren about cleaning. You’ll probably find that was your problem. Especially with Doug fir.

If you have time wait around a sharpening service is usually cheaper than a new blade. However, it’s always good to have a back up blade.

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 04:39 PM

I used the diablo combo blade and I have mixed feelings on that one. First it cut maple and walnut like butter. But after several cuts I noticed it was not cutting as good. So I cleaned it, and nothing. Checked my table saw and accessory accuracies and all seemed good. Then I noticed that one tooth was coming off. Checked all others and they seemed good. I dont think I banged it on any metal surface and the tooth was not chipped. Just the brazing that holds the tooth was not good enough I guess.

I liked it at the beginning. But I think I will experiment with other blades before I settle on diablo .

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 05:56 PM

If you use a lot of pine, the problem may be pitch build up and you may not need a new blade. Oven cleaner is the best for cleaning a blade or a router bit of pitch. It is cheap at the dollar store.
Try that and see if it improves…..............Jim

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 06:24 PM

What saw do you have Ben?

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#11 posted 10-11-2012 08:59 PM

I agree with Jim. I also cut a lot of pine, because that is what I got for free. I find that cleaning the pitch from the blade more often than normal makes a big difference. As soon as the blade starts to leave burn marks on the wood, I know it is time for a clean up.

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#12 posted 10-11-2012 09:11 PM

+1 for the Marples. I just picked up a 50T combination. It cuts very well.

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 02:18 AM

I am a big fan of Diablo blades and contrary to others, I use my 24 tooth rip blade for crosscuts, miters, etc. I do use a ZCI and backer boards but I never have tear out issues. I do keep my blades CLEAN (Simple Green- purple formula).

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#14 posted 10-12-2012 02:52 AM

I just snagged a couple of those eBay “Onsrud” blades. I’m used to using low price Lowes. We’ll see. Frankly, I cut a lot of pine and have had problems with burning. I never thought about pitch build up. Thanks for the cleaning tips!

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#15 posted 10-12-2012 02:11 PM

I have a lot of great suggestions: Diablo, Irwin Marples, Delta, Onsrud
I going to do some research on these to figure out which is best for my purposes and budget.

My saw is a Central Machinery, 10”, 2 hp. lots of power and its in good condition although it is a budget saw. i got it for $40 on C-list, so the blade may end up costing more then the saw.

I had not considered cleaning the blade I have, that’s a good idea.
However the blade in question came with the saw in used condition, when I did finally inspect the blade there was a chipped tooth and worse, two of the teeth are bent out of alignment so i don’t know if its worth cleaning in this case. I will be inspecting and cleaning whatever new blade I get from time to time.

Thanks for all the feed back.

So it sounds like a combination blade would be good regardless of brand?

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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