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Forum topic by Scomel Basses posted 02-28-2013 05:18 AM 1497 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scomel Basses

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02-28-2013 05:18 AM

I’m getting ready to buy some new blades, I’ve been mostly using combination blades like the Freud Fusion. I’m thinking about buying a dedicated rip blade and crosscut blade. Seems to me a blade designed for a specific task would be better than a combination blade. My question is, what are you guys using the most? Combination blades or dedicated rip and crosscut?

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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 05:30 AM

The answer probably depends on what kind of saw you have and what kind of work you plan on doing.

My personal preference is all 3. I keep the combo on the saw most of the time, but the rip and xcut blades are there for the 5% of the time the situation demands them.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 06:28 AM

I just bought a combo blade. I find it’s a lot less hassle than changing blades, or maybe I’m just lazy.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 06:42 AM

ya i use the forrest woodworker II after getting sick of changing between crosscut and rip.
i find myself going from rip to crosscut many times in a project and its a waste of time and effort to change blades

-- Ben L

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David Dean

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 11:41 AM

I used Diablo’s Combination and Dural purpose blades and I have ran about 900 to 1200 bf of oak on one blade.

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 12:36 PM

I’m a combination blade guy. I use the Irwin Marples, and it’s the whole package. Very smooth rips with about as much resistance as a 24 tooth rip blade, nice crosscuts, and a flat top raker tooth for flat grooves.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 01:09 PM

I think sharpness is a BIG factor. I’ve just started using a new rip blade (Freud) and it’s great at everything…but I’ve been changing between a rip and crosscut blade – each of which is sharp. Not very much hassle and nice results in a 3 hp saw.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 03:00 PM

Forrest Woodworker II combo blade for me 96% of the time. I use a dedicated rip blade usually at the beginning of a project when I am milling my intial cut list items, and am doing a long ripping session. That would either be an older Freud Glue Joint blade, or a new Forrest rip blade. The Forrest WWII has lots of carbide and makes very good cuts in both applications. Top quality with the best value in terms of cost of ownership.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 03:43 PM

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 03:49 PM

I’m not a fan of combination blades unless your economic situation dictates it. If you can afford multiple blades, it will make you a better woodworker. It is using the right tool for the job. I don’t use a 20oz framing hammer to finesse a chisel on a tenon.

What kind of saw do you have and what kind of projects do you make?

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 04:55 PM

I was kind of thinking of going theother way….I have never had a combination blade, and I thought this would save a step by not changing blades. Is the cut that much worse? Or in the OP’s case is it going to improve his cuts greatly?

-- Mike

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 05:42 PM

I highly recommend Infinity blades,I have 010-050 combination blade and compare to Freud ,it’s a much better blade,have a look at what they offer and choose one that fits your needs.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Scomel Basses

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#12 posted 02-28-2013 06:34 PM

I have a 3hp grizzly table saw. I make mostly musical instruments but am getting more into furniture lately. A combination blade would work fine for what I do but I’m looking to try new things.

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#13 posted 02-28-2013 06:37 PM

A dedicated blade will always give a better cut (presuming everything is sharp, aligned, etc), but that’s not to say a good combination blade won’t serve you well. Blade changes, for me, are fast and simple. I was trained to use specific blades for each task and the habit remains.

I’ve got a 50 tooth combo from Amana that has done a good job for many years and I love the flat bottom cut it makes. In a pinch I will use it for a quick rip/crosscut as well. But if I have to rip a quantity of 6/4 walnut, I put on a rip blade. Specific blades for specific tasks. I just don’t consider a combination blade to be a complete answer.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#14 posted 02-28-2013 06:52 PM

The type of cuts I make on my cabinet saw, are nort critical, so I use a combination blade. If I need to do fine cuts on good wood, I will go with a dedicated blade; 60T for crosscuts and 24T for rips. I have used Forrest blades, but now use Freud blades. I understand the Tenyru blades are among some of the best made. That will be my next blade.

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#15 posted 02-28-2013 08:59 PM

Try reading this article. That would help.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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