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dschlic1

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04-03-2013 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak tablesaw

I am completing a restoration to a Craftsman contractor style table saw. I need to purchase a new blade for the saw and would like some recommendations on selecting a type of blade. The vast majority of my cuts will be in plywood, mostly Baltic birch or veneer grade. However I will be cutting some solid lumber both ripping and crosscut.

I would like to know which blade would be better: a combination style blade or go with a regular fine tooth finishing blade?


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#1 posted 04-03-2013 06:23 PM

If you are looking at just one blade. I would have to recommend a 40 tooth combo blade. However, for best results, a ply wood (high tooth count type blade) and a rip blade may be best, but cost a bit more and lead to have to change blades between cuts.

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 06:26 PM

The Freud Fusion 8” Combo will be perfect for the work you describe.

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 06:30 PM

I would strongly recommend a thin kerf blade for that saw. It makes a big difference in terms of cut quality, and ease of use. Tooth count is just a function of what work you are doing. IE: 24 tooth for ripping, 80 tooth for fine crosscutting, 30-50 tooth blades do a little bit of everything.
A high ATB blade will make cleaner cuts in sheet goods. A combo blade features flat ground teeth, as well as high ATB teeth for the best of both worlds.
A thin kerf combo blade with 30-50 teeth should do nicely.
Look at Freud brand for one (available at HD, and everywhere online).

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 09:36 PM

The 60T Hi-ATB Infinity 010-060 is a terrific blade and should be ideal for your situation (one of my favorites).....very similar to the Forrest WWI. It’s got a reasonably high tooth count (60T) and a Hi-ATB grind for very low tear out in crosscuts and ply cuts, plus it’s got a slightly positive hook angle to help it rip reasonably efficiently in hardwoods up to ~ 5/4”. (It’s ~ $70) The only way to do better in plywood is to get an 80T Hi-ATB blade, but you’ll need a different blade for ripping in that case.

If you think your cuts will be more hardwoods than ply, something like the Infinity Super General of Freud Fusion 40T would be a good all around choice. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a 24T FTG TK rip blade if you plan to rip thicker materials.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 10:41 PM

Freud 1/8” kerf combonation blade. I have one on my craftsman and it does an excellent job on plywood and ripping oak. However I would reccomend putting a link belt on if you haven’t already. It makes a world of difference. I’ve also made an upgrade with a Vega fence.

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 12:45 AM

Contractor saw means 1-1/2HP, which means a thin kerf will be you’re best bet. Grizzly has a TK 40 tooth general purpose Porter Cable on sale for $9.95. Not the best blade in town but by far the best price for a respectable blade. Cat. T22428

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 02:34 AM

Infinity super general…

Here is a shot that shows how clean it cuts in plywood. I do not have a zero clearance insert either.

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dschlic1

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 05:07 PM

I decided to purchase a fine tooth plywood blade, in particular the Diablo D1080X. Initial cuts in Baltic birch plywood look great. They have the appearance of being sanded! If I run into problems ripping lumber, I will purchase a rip blade.

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 09:27 AM

I have a 1 1/2 HP Jet table saw, and use a 24t Freud blade for ripping. It was about $35, I think. It’s a worthwhile investment – if you only use it for ripping, it will last a long time, and it just flies through the cuts.

-- Robb

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 12:21 PM

Been very happy with my Diablo (Frued) D1050X from HD. 50 tooth combo blade.

Will purchase other blades as I need them. Just picked up a 80 tooth, Diablo, brand new, opened package, from garage sale for $8.50 :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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