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Forum topic by markv posted 05-11-2013 08:07 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2013 08:07 PM


I recently purchased a Ryobi BTS 20 portable table saw that came with a 24 tooth used blade. I decided to upgrade and first purchased a 60 tooth Irwin classic blade, and it wouldn’t rip 3/4 pine. I figured it was the saw and put the old blade back and it worked fine. I then purchased a hgh quality 50 tooth combination blade and that didn’t rip the pine either. I doubt I bought 2 defective blades does anybody have a clue to this problem.

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 08:09 PM

60 teeth is a very poor choice for rip cuts. 50 teeth is too fine too IMO.
On a tiny saw like the Ryobi, stick with 24 tooth blades when ripping.

Honestly, if I were ripping thinner stock (under 1”) on a small saw, I might buy a mid-grade circular saw blade in the 18-24 tooth range. I used a Freud 7.25” blade on my old Craftsman 8” saw and it worked great. And the blades are ~$10 at Home Depot.

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 08:21 PM

Thanks for the reply and quick response. Is that saw to weak to spin the blade fast enough to get good results.

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 08:27 PM

Mark…no saw can do a great job ripping wood with a 50-60 tooth blade. That many teeth causes too much friction for efficient ripping.

When I rip I use a 24-30 tooth blade, and use a 40+ tooth blade for cross cuts. Also, think kerf blades are better for overall use on smaller saws, and when ripping makes sure your fence and blade guard/splitter are not binding during your cut.

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