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12strings

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534 days ago

My fairly cheap table saw has a 10” blade in it. But I went over to my friend’s house and he had a really old huge cabinet saw with what looked like a 7” blade.

Is there any advantage to using a smaller blade on a table saw?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 534 days ago

blade cost would be 1 advantage.

a disadvantage would be:
1. depth of cut
2. quality of cut (to some degree, and more noticeable on some cuts than others), as the moving speed of the cutting teeth is lower than on a 10” blade

I suppose if you have specific cuts that require a specific blade geometry (flat ground teeth for example) and you need to make shallow cuts and don’t want to invest in a full 10” blade, that would be a valid option.

If you have blades from your circular saw that you want to use in your TS – that would be an option.

Other than that, I see no reason to use 7” blades in a 10” capable saw

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#2 posted 534 days ago

7” are not as common and probably more difficult to find and with less variety

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 534 days ago

Bert – 7 1/4 blades are very common – available in all hardware stores for circular saws. come in a variety of configuration (ripping/combo/cross cut/laminates/matal/etc)

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1stmistake

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#4 posted 534 days ago

Matthias has a short bit about using skilsaw blades in a table saw:
http://woodgears.ca/shop-tricks/skillsaw_blade.html

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#5 posted 534 days ago

You may have seen a dado blade on the saw.

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12strings

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#6 posted 534 days ago

Thanks for the replies, woodgears is always an interesting read…

...It was definitely one blade…We used it to rip down some stock.

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#7 posted 534 days ago

My dad had an ancient old Craftsman TS that was a 9” saw with a 3/4 hp motor.
It was a decent saw but with limited power it actually worked better with a 7 1/4” blade.

That old saw had a 4” jointer attachment on the side of it that used the same motor.

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#8 posted 534 days ago

My biggest concern with using a 7-1/4” blade is that the kerf width is far more likely to be narrower than the splitter or riving knife, which would cause binding of the workpiece in the middle of the cut. The smaller diameter also changes the effective hook angle of the blade, which can increase tear out on crosscuts and ply.

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 534 days ago

Knot, in the post he said it was a REALLY OLD cabinet saw. Do you suppost it even had a splitter let alone a riving knife??

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 534 days ago

I used nothing but Forrest, Ridge, and custom Cermet 10” blades since the ‘80s until I switched to a Freud Fusion 8” combo a couple years ago. The only reason I’d go back to a 10” would be to rip stock that the 8” can’t handle. The Freud is a joy to use.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 533 days ago

”Knot, in the post he said it was a REALLY OLD cabinet saw. Do you suppost it even had a splitter let alone a riving knife??”

Probably not, but I made that statement to prevent a bunch of folks from putting a 7-1/4” blade on their saws, and thinking there isn’t any downside.

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#12 posted 533 days ago

For thin wood for inlay I use a 6-1/2” blade in my full size table saw. The kerf is 1/16” (vs 1/8” on a 10” Forrest blade). I use it with a zero clearance insert, a nail for a splitter, and a shoe type push stick. Works great on small thin wood (like ripping 1/8” thick material). Since the kerf is smaller, less wood is wasted, and it is runs a lot quieter. YMMV

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cutworm

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#13 posted 533 days ago

I was thinking that the arbors were different in size but I guess that they aren’t.

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12strings

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#14 posted 533 days ago

FYI, the “really old saw” had not splitter, riving knife, or blade guard…just a blade sticking out of a big cast iron table.

After this thread, I may go out and get a smaller blade for my saw…its just a cheap craftsman bench-top saw…and I really think the slower speed and thinner blade would allow me to not stress the engine as much. I’m not going to be re-sawing 3 inch stock on this thing anyway. Thanks for all the input.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#15 posted 533 days ago

Probably not, but I made that statement to prevent a bunch of folks from putting a 7-1/4” blade on their saws, and thinking there isn’t any downside.
Fair enough. I wasn’t jumpinmg on you. I just thought riving knives and even splitters were items from the last 40 years. I guess some of these guys think that is ancient but there are some really old tools out there. Good point though. The smaller blade and the splitters/riving knives probably won’t go together.

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