Bosch 4100 series stock blade?

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Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-26-2013 08:02 PM 1755 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2013 08:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bosch tablesaw brazillian cherry

Before I start ripping into my Brazillian Cherry with the new table saw I have a question. Should I switch out to my Freud Full kerf ripping blade or not? I don’t want to mess up the factory measurements for the fence but I want a very clean cut with no tear outs.

Any advice – experience?

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 08:27 PM

I would use a ripping blade in a heart beat.

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 09:04 PM

Stock blades are notoriously poor, so you should definitely switch that blade to a better quality one. Whether or not to use your Freud full kerf rip blade depends on which specific blade it is (LM71, LM72, LM74), the thickness of the wood, and what your cutting objectives are. Most bulk ripping blades won’t leave a “very clean cut” (tearout shouldn’t be an issue when ripping), though they can be “glue ready” right off the saw. I’d think a 3/32” thin kerf blade would be easier on your saw’s motor.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 09:28 PM

Howdy guys,

Thank you so much! The Freud blade did an almost perfect job. The bosch stock blade is now wall art.

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 09:30 PM

The Bosch blade is ok, it’s just an “all-around” blade and not made to do any specific job. Keep it for when you sharpen the Freud. I do love me some Freud ripping blades though!

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 01:21 AM

You know. I could slap my diablo thin kerf on the Bosch but it’s a combo blade. I used it with my old sled for cross cuts. I’ll have to buy a thin kerf ripping blade instead. That of course reminds me. Time for another sled build – bummer…. If I hadn’t glued the fence on, I might have been able to reuse. Oh well, that’s the hidden cost of new equipment.

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 01:36 AM

In my experience the guide on the fence is adjustable and can be set to the kerf of your new blade.

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 02:14 AM

I can’t believe now one has said it. I will, never trust your fence it can be a great reference, but never trust it. if you change anything then its off. I have lots of different blades hanging on the wall. I always have one that is just ok in case I get into some reclaimed lumber that may have something hiding in it.

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 02:10 PM

Not trusting the fence measurement… Good point. I have gotten into the habit of measuring a couple of times before clamping down. I’m also getting into the habit of checking the bevel angle. I’ve caused myself more work and waste by not doing that.

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