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MackTheSaw

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09-21-2008 04:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tenryu table saw blade ripping rip

Hi all,

I’m thinking of getting myself a dedicated ripping blade, and at the same time I’m curious about Tenryu blades. To hit both these bases, I’m thinking of the following:

Tenryu IW-35540D2:
14” diameter x 1” arbor
40 teeth
TCG (triple-chip grind)
20 degree rake
0.157 kerf
Advertised for “Glue Line Ripping”
Yadda yadda yadda

Who has tried this blade or something similar? I saw a forum entry from PeterO, who was thoroughly unimpressed with his Tenryu blade. Can anyone else chime in? Is it better than or equal to the equivalent Forrest or another brand? Is it worth the considerable cash?

Thanks,
Todd

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd


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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 09-21-2008 04:52 PM

Hi Todd,

I do not have any Tenryu blades. However, a friend of mine switched to Forrest blades for his Martin slider and has nothing but good things to say about them. As the woodwisperer said in his write-up, the kerf on a ripping blade should be 1/8” or better. I use a 14 tooth x 12” 30mm ripping blade and a 28 tooth x 12” 30mm ripper for glue line ripping. I recommend you purchase a blade that has deep gullets in order to clear the sawdust from the blade quickly. This is extremely important for longevity of the blade and a better cut.

Good Luck, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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MackTheSaw

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#2 posted 09-22-2008 02:56 PM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

Jarrod: I thought I remembered Marc mentioning Tenryu blades in one of his videos, as something he wanted to try, but I didn’t see the blog after he did try it. Thanks for the link.

John: The blade I’m looking at is bigger and thicker than Marc’s, well over 1/8”. I agree that’s important. Your ripping blade is 12”, with only 14 teeth? What is it, a dado chipper? Holy cow. In the cooperative shop I use, we have two 14” ripping blades with 36 teeth, and it seems like the gullets are plenty deep enough, but I’ve never used a blade with deeper gullets. Is it really better with such large spaces between teeth? Unfortunately, our cooperative blades see a lot of abuse, and I should have my own.

By the way, we just got a 25-30 year-old Martin slider in our shop. It’s very exciting, and it could change a lot of things. Our other saw, a 14” Rockwell-Delta of about the same vintage, will probably stay the ripping saw, so I’m looking for rip blades to fit the R-D. The Martin has a bore size of 1 1/4”, which is a bummer. It’s hard to find blades for it. I may have to get some crosscutting blades and have them bored out. Does anyone have any good crosscutting blades with 1 1/4” bores?

Thanks

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd

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#3 posted 09-22-2008 05:21 PM

Todd,

I have a Felder 700 SP slider. I will try to post a picture later today of the 14 tooth 12” blade. The large spacing between teeth and the deep gullets make a big difference. I generally use this blade for ripping 3/4” stock and thicker. Never use a blade like this for plys or melamines. It is not designed for those materials.

You could try calling the folks at Forrest about having your blades punched out to 1 1/4”.

John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 09-23-2008 01:57 AM

Todd, Here is a link to see the 14 tooth 12” rip blade.

rip blade

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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sIKE

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#5 posted 09-23-2008 02:45 AM

John

Your photo is private.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 09-23-2008 08:27 PM

http://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=61724&highlight=blade+turns

There are 30 blades being compared at this website.

-- Roger1

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John Ormsby

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#7 posted 09-23-2008 08:56 PM

Thanks. I think the link should work now.

Rip Blade

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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MackTheSaw

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#8 posted 09-26-2008 02:30 PM

Oh, I see, John. I imagined huge gullets between the teeth. Your blade does make sense. Thanks for posting the photo.

Roger, I’ll read the post you linked to soon. It’s complicated, and I’m rushing out the door. Thanks.

Todd

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd

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#9 posted 09-27-2008 01:30 AM

Roger,

I read it more carefully. The blades he tests are all 10” blades, as far as I can tell. I suppose one can probably guess that a larger blade (which is what I am shopping for) by the same manufacturer, with the same design, will perform roughly the same as the 10” version, relative to the competition. Does anyone disagree with that?
While there are some conspicuous absences from his test (namely the Tenryu ripping blade I like, as well as Forrest and Ridge ripping blades), it’s overall very thorough and fairly useful. It’s interesting to see how some of the less expensive blades performed better than you’d expect.

Thanks for the link.
Todd

-- http://www.mccollister.com/todd

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