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10-23-2012 02:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: blade table saw

What TS blade is in your TS,

In woodworking one of the main things your doing is cutting wood, your cutting the wood across the grain which is called a crosscut, a rip cut goes along the grain of the board. Down the road you’ll get into a lot of different kind of cut’s that require the right blade. Like a dado, you could just make a lot of cuts with your regular blade, but a dado blade makes it a lot easier to cut it out in a few passes. There’s a lot of different kinds of blades out there, just wandering what blade you use?

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 02:15 AM

Last time I checked I have eighteen 10” blades and two 8” dado stacks, so my answer would be “it depends on how and what I am cutting”. My arbor wrenches see a lot of action.


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#2 posted 10-23-2012 02:16 AM

Forrest WWII with couple of tooth configurations, most of them time, also a Frued rip blade, or if dado, then Forrest Dado King. Good, sharp, clean blades make life a lot easier.

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 02:27 AM

Forrest WW II

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 02:31 AM

Dewalt dw7657/delta 36-7657 (same blade).
Near or at WWII performance at 1/5th the cost.

Knottscott turned me onto these blades.

They’re 40 tooth general purpose blades meant for rip or crosscutting.

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 02:33 AM

Forest WWII full-kerf combo blade stays on the saw. I do have Freud, Ridgid, and DeWalt blades of rip, crosscut, thin-kerf, etc. I have an old cheap dado stack (which I can’t remember the make…it’s not terrible). I have a new DeWalt dado stack that I haven’t used yet.

I’m bad about changing, cleaning, and sharpening blades. I need to do better.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 02:34 AM

Howdy AJ,

My ripping blade on the table saw is a 10 inch full kerf 24 tooth Freud. I use a thin kerf diablo combination for cross cuts and an Irwin marathon 24 tooth for ripping pine and softwoods. I’m not real pleased with that one.

My 7.25 miter has a thin kerf diablo finish blade.

My 12 inch miter has an 80 tooth italian made thin kerf dewalt blade. I bought the miter saw used and it came with a diablo ripping blade which really doesn’t make much sense to me. But I suppose that’s because I don’t do construction?

I bought a cute little dewalt ripping blade for my circular saw but thus far the stock blade porter cable uses has been fine.

As money permits, I will try to upgrade all the blades to forrester. Thats a lot of money so I expect very little permitting. ;)

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 02:43 AM

Freud combo blade for most. It does rips and crosscuts well. A zero clearance insert is a must for any blade to help prevent tearout!

Freud LU84R011 10-Inch 50-tooth ATB Combination Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor and PermaShield Coating

Or for rips when glueing, I use the Freud glueline rip blade.

Freud LM74M010 10-Inch 30 Tooth TCG Glue Line Ripping Saw Blade

I have never used the Forrest brand. Many seem to have them and love them. I don’t know how a cut can get any better than the Freud blades and they are half the cost.

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 02:58 AM

I use a thin kerf Freud rip blade on the tablesaw. I also use a Freud dado blade.
I usually crosscut at the miter saw with an 80 tooth fine finish Freud blade. That way I don’t have to switch blades as often.

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#9 posted 10-23-2012 03:13 AM

It’s wondering! As in I wonder what saw blade everyone uses. Better to learn it, early, kid.

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#10 posted 10-23-2012 03:28 AM

I use a red thin kerf blade in them table saw but I don’t know who makes it. It is a 60 tooth. I have a Freud blade in my miter saw- also a 60 tooth.
I have an old original Craftsman wobble dado in my RAS and it is strictly used for dado cutting. I never change it to a regular blade. It cuts flat bottom dados and it has never been sharpened because I think they will screw up the cut on those carbide teeth that give me that flat bottom. Most wobble dados will not cut a flat bottom dado…..............Jim

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#11 posted 10-23-2012 04:36 AM

I’ve been using some high dollar craftsman blades that I got at a steal. I am about ready to replace them with thin kerf Freud.

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#12 posted 10-23-2012 04:47 AM

Forest WWII blades are far less expensive than any blade you can buy. I have expeiremented with every blade that you could find on the market.,The Freud Permier Fusion 40 tooth thin kerf works great but you cant sharpen it as many times as you can the Forest. So therfore in my Math It cost more to use. However I do have a couple. I have more Forest Blades also you cannot beat the forest Dado blade. Cheaper isnt always less expensive. Thanks for the question its a good one,

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#13 posted 10-23-2012 06:30 AM

I’ve got a pair of dewalts , 2 cmt dados and a air of master mechanic 24t carbide blades. Those last were on clearance at the black and decker outlet for 5.00 each. Wished id had abot 25.00 to throw away at the time since they seem to stay pretty sharp and put up with a lot of abuse.

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#14 posted 10-23-2012 11:14 AM

Right now there’s a 40T Hi-ATB Infinity Super General in the saw, but it could any one of about 20 decent quality blades that I use….some are outstanding, some are just decent, but that’s as good as it needs to be for many applications. Most of the time a general purpose or combo blade is fine, but sometimes I’ll use a 60T or 80T Hi-ATB blade for finer crosscuts or ply. I’ll occasionally switch to a 20T or 30T ripper for lots of thick ripping. My dado stack is the Dadonator.

Current blade roster:
80T CMT 210.080.10 Hi-ATB
80T Leitz Pro Neg hook ATB
60T Infinity 010-060 Hi-ATB
60T DeWalt DW7646 ATB
60T Leitz/Delta ATB
60T Onsrud TCG
50T Tenryu RS25550 ATB/R
50T Infinity Combomax Lite ATB/R
50T DeWalt DW7640 ATB/R
42T Onsrud ATB
40T Infinity Laser TK 010-046 (wow! ...what a blade)
40T Craftex Blue Tornado ATB
40T Infinity Super General 010-044 Hi-ATB (another “wow!”)
40T Forrest WWII TK ATB
40T Delta 35-7657 40T ATB
40T Oshlun ATB
30T Delta 35-7653 ATB ripper
24T Leitz/Irwin Woodworking series FTG TK ripper
20T Amana Tools RB1020 FTG ripper
10T Leitz/Delta FTG
Dado set – Infinity Dadonator

< 10”
24T CMT (8-1/4”)
24T Bosch CRB724 (7-1/4”)
20T PC Razor (7-1/4”)

After using my first Forrest blade I thought that they had to be the best blade on the market, bar none. But after giving several dozen others a fair shake, I realized that I had jumped to a premature unsupported assumption. There are many excellent blades that are at least on par with Forrest, and some that exceed Forrest in certain aspects….Forrest is excellent, but Infinity, Ridge Carbide, some Tenryu, some CMT, some Freud, some Amana, some Leitz, and others also make some impressive blades with comparable performance and build quality.

Tips for picking saw blades

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#15 posted 10-23-2012 11:48 AM

I have a 50 tooth CMT, teflon coated, and a couple of Diablos on standby. Boy, knotscott, I thought I had TAS…(Tool acquisition syndrome)!

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