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Forum topic by Lou Penta posted 05-21-2013 10:36 PM 783 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lou Penta

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05-21-2013 10:36 PM

I know that a 80 th blade is used on Melamine or thin veneered plywood but is 3/4 cabinet grade birch ply to much for the blade to handle???

-- Lou, Florida

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 11:35 PM

Wouldn’t be my choice, that is if you have a choice. But it will cut it fine, just a little more resistance.u

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:19 AM

It depends on the blade (and the saw)...they’re not all created equal even if they have 80T, but a lot of plywood blades have 80 teeth. Be sure it’s clean and sharp, and it should be fine if it’s a decent blade.

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 02:52 AM

and put painters tape over your cut line to reduce tear out.

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 03:43 AM

The biggest need for using the 80 tooth blade would be for cross cutting the plywood so as to minimize tear out of the thin veneer. Since plywood has wood running both directions there is no real wood grain, but there should me more wood running in the direction of the face than across the plywood. You may notice a little more resistance when ripping the plywood. I try to only use my crosscut blade when actually cross cutting plywood. For everything else I use my ripping blade.

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