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Forum topic by Billy E posted 06-09-2013 04:04 PM 1117 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Billy E

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06-09-2013 04:04 PM

Good morning,

I am trying to decide between the ridge 40 and 48 tooth (ultra) blades for my 3650 ridgid saw. Either would be in the 3/32 kerf. Having never seen these blades in person, I’m hoping someone here could shed some insight on differences. The 40 tooth has raker teeth that might give a flat enough bottom to allow the blade to be better suited for cutting tenons and dados. Other than this one fact, I don’t know much about how to really compare them. I still have some good freud blades for heavy ripping and cross cutting thin material. What I hope to get out of the Ridge blade is something that is good for 95% of the work so I don’t have to change blades back and forth. Most of what I cut is around 4/4 oak, walnut, etc. I would change out to a cheap blade for pine or plywood, just to save the good blade. Any insight? Thank you

-- Billy, Florence SC


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 04:18 PM

I run the 40T full kerf Ridge blade on my Ridgid TS and have been very happy with its performance. The 48T blade will probably give you a better finished cut while cross cutting while the 40T will be better suited for ripping. I can’t speak for the thin kerf blade but the full kerf has plenty of carbide which translates into many sharpening’s. Ridge makes an excellent product so in my estimation you will be happy either way. Also, no need to change out the blade for pine or plywood either. Just watch the blade for pitch buildup and clean the blade when that starts to happen. Why sacrifice cut quality just because you sawing pine or plywood?

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knotscott

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 04:21 PM

If all else is equal, more teeth will leave a cleaner cut, at the expense of creating more resistance and heat, which turn can lead to increased burning. The 48T version must be new, but I’ve used the 40T and think it’s one of a handful of premium 40T blades that do a very nice job in most tasks…..Infinity Super General, Forrest WWII, Tenryu Gold Medal, and Freud Fusion perform to a similar level as the Ridge Carbide IME. Which is best for you really depends on your cutting objectives, the material, the saw, etc. I can’t imagine any of those not doing being suitable most tasks. As you know, they all fall a little short in the extreme ranges of efficient ripping of thick stock, and ply/very fine crosscuts. The 48T, Super General, and Fusion will do better in ply and fine crosscuts than the TS2000, WWII, or Gold Medal, but still won’t hang with a good 80T Hi-ATB blade for those tasks.

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Billy E

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 10:40 PM

Thank you for the responses so far. Anyone ever compared either these two or the two similar forrest blades? Thanks.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 11:46 PM

I’ve compared all the 40T blades mentioned above, and many others, but never the 48T versions.

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