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Forum topic by whitebeast88 posted 03-02-2013 02:52 PM 1347 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2013 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw blade question

since upgrading to a new ridgid ts last week i’m working on upgrading my blades.i’ve added a diablo 24 tooth rip blade,i put a diablo 40 tooth general purpose on my miter i need a recommendation on a good blade to cut plywood with i’m trying to minimize tear out.also i’d like a 7 1/4 blade for my circular saw,cause i break it down with my cs to make it more manageable.i’m looking for a reasonable priced blade,i tried looking on the reviews page and didn’t find much,so any recommendations would be appreciated.

thanks marty.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 02:57 PM

Not to sure about a plywood blade, but if yer trying to minimize tear out you need to make a zero clearance insert for your saw. Pretty simple to make and they make a heck of a difference.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 03:21 PM

Try looking at they the finest around. Blades, cabinet bits, routers and very dependable

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 03:25 PM

IMO only but you might be better off with a higher tooth crosscut blade in your miter saw than a 40 tooth. The 40 tooth can crosscut and rip both but you would get smoother and less tear out with a crosscut blade in your miter saw.
There are many blade choices out there. I am sure others will recommend blades for you. I gave you a couple of links for Diablo since you already have Diablo blades. Again, more choices are out there.
First link crosscut blade for miter saw.
Second link for circular saw blade. When I break down sheet goods I cut them a bit bigger than finished size, then cut them to final size on the table saw with a 60 tooth or higher blade and a ZCI to minimize tearout. IMO, more teeth smoother cuts for plywood

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 03:36 PM

The 40T Diablo has a pretty steep hook for a miter saw if it’s the D1040X. That blade is better off on your TS. A good 80T Hi-ATB blade will be best for clean cutting in ply, and would be great on your CMS as well….keep on it the CMS for crosscuts, put it on the TS for plywood. I’d stick with Infinity, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, Freud, Tenryu, CMT, Amana, Irwin Marples, DeWalt Precision Trim or Guhdo. I’d avoid Avanti/Avanti Pro, DW construction series, Oldham contractor series, Irwin Marathon, HF, Skil, Vermont American, Ryobi, Workforce, and other off names that are poorly made. Tips for picking saw blades

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 03:46 PM

Agreed with Knotscott on avoiding Avanti/Avanti Pro. I bought a 60 tooth in a special, buy one get one free. There aren’t very good at all. In fact they are horrible, IMO. I see now why they offering that special….live and learn

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 03:51 PM

I’ve been using Freud thin kerf on the TS and I love it. It cuts everything and the kickback risk is much less powerful when and if it happens. I’ve been using this blade for about 6 months and have noticed no dulling. It cuts today as well as it did 6 months ago.

They cost around 90$.

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 03:56 PM

With the saw you have, I would definitely stay with the thin kerf blades. The Freud blades are readily available at big box stores and will give you good service.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 05:51 PM

Knotscott is right on with his recommendations in my opinion.
Combo blade in a miter saw only makes sense if you only use the miter saw as a chop saw for framing and working with reclaim lumber or similar.
I have a rip and a combo blade for my TS and keep my fine cross cut blade in my CMS. normally.
I do have a hollow ground chrome edge plywood blade that works nice in the table saw but I usually use it for cutting UHMW plastic.

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 06:22 PM

I put away my Forrest, Ridge, and custom Cermet 10” blades after 30 years for a Freud Fusion 8” a couple years ago. It’ll do 98.7% of what the 10”s will do, less expensively and friendlier.

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#10 posted 03-03-2013 12:42 AM

Just my opinion…............

but that’s not the brightest suggestion I’ve ever seen

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#11 posted 03-03-2013 01:38 AM

thanks everyone on the recommendations.been at the hospital with my mother part of the day and just now getting to check my post.

i had read awhile back that a 40 tooth general purpose blade was good for a cms.glad i’m told different now.i’ll definetly check out the recommended blades.

knotscott-i’m going to read your post tonight,thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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