Freud Ripping Blades - 1" limit on cut size ?

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Forum topic by fstellab posted 05-17-2013 07:18 PM 1250 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2013 07:18 PM

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Hi Folks,

I noticed that a lot, possibly even most, Freud Ripping blades have a 1” limit on what you can cut ?

Is this a hard limit ? What could happen if you exceeded.



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#1 posted 05-17-2013 07:38 PM

to answer your question use your own Judgement the 40 tooth prem fusion is suppose to do it all remember the less teeth and bigger gullets the more inches you can rip make sure your saw has the power to rip heavy thick wood I use the Diablo for 3 1/8 rips, but the lumber is jointed and planed before hand, my next purchase will be the frued 18 T rip blade I have the Forrest 20T rip but jointed and planed boards rip great just make sure your lumber is flat and str on one side while ripping, it goes alot better but Im sure you already know this,

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 07:43 PM

it prolly says 1 inch limit to keep you safe just like all the meds say, I say go for it and use some common sense and a nice push stick to keep your hands safe, as always be careful and don’t be in a hurry and listen to your saw it will tell you what you need to know

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 08:00 PM

That’s a glue-line rip rule. If you’re not trying to rip
glue lines, you can rip as wide as you can raise the blade.

The geometry of how the teeth cut the wood is
different, so if you raise a rip blade all the way
and then rip a 1” thick board on it, the presentation
of the teeth is almost vertical, like a band saw.

Experiment with different height settings to
find out for yourself how to balance clean
cutting and feed rate.

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 08:35 PM

Freud catalogs make it seem as though you need about 50 blades to handle basic woodworking tasks. I have found very little difference in the cut quality between thin and thick stock. Ie: they make good cuts regardless of stock thickness.

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 12:28 AM

The 1” max thickness is the recommendation for the 30T “Glue Line Rip” blade like the LM74 and LM75. CMT has a similar blade. Those blades use a very tight side grind to produce the polished edge, so ripping thicker materials can easily result in excessive burning. The 24T FTG rippers will rip much thicker materials without issue.

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#6 posted 05-18-2013 01:26 AM

There’s a ripping depth limit?? I must have missed that. I routinely rip wood thicker than 1” with my Freud blades. I have 2 -24” blades with different tooth angles. One thick kerf, flat tooth grind and one thin kerf with an angled tooth grind. Both cut smoothly at 2” I do save the flat toothed one for box miter keys when I remember to change it out. Most of my rips are 3/4” so maybe that is why I don’t see issues. I just learned something new today and can take the rest of the day off!

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#7 posted 05-18-2013 01:52 AM

@knotscott +10 on the Freud 24T. I have ripped +2 1/4” (8/4) hardwood with no problems at all. And to tell the truth, these cuts are darn near glue line. Most time just the lightest touch with a sanding block and all is fine. I like mine so much that I bought a second one for when I have to eventually get this thing sharpened.

BTW, the “flat” cut pattern is very useful when making dados and such. And I do not know if it is just me, but the “ICE” coating seems to work better than the “PermaShield” coating. I have the “PermaShield” on my crosscut Freuds but they just don’t seem as slick. Just my 2-cents…

Freud LM72M010 Industrial Heavy Duty Rip Saw Blade 10-Inch by 24t Flat Top 5/8-Inch arbor Ice Coated

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