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Forum topic by samg posted 06-13-2013 01:33 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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samg

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06-13-2013 01:33 PM

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Thank you for the comments posted to my inquiry yesterday. One suggestion was to replace blade with a Woodworker 11. I plan to use this saw for small work. No big ripping projects. I want to make some built in cabinets in sections for a house I am having built. Most of my cuts will be crosscut and I will make a crosscut sled for that. I am hoping to buy the sides to size. (8ft lengths.) I realize that those long cuts on this saw can be difficult for somewhat of a beginner like myself.

Back to the blade. Could someone suggest the specs for the blade…kerf, teeth, etc.

Yes, the motor is loud. I also didn’t spend 550..While, this is older it is built better. I am hoping to improve it with some basic jigs and learn some good basics, so if I improve I can move up to more machine, if needed.

Thanks all,

Samg


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#1 posted 06-13-2013 11:04 PM

Some homework…. Tips for picking saw blades

Your saw will have an easier time spinning a 3/32” (~ 0.091” to 0.100”) thin kerf (TK) blade (10”) vs a 1/8” (0.125”) full kerf blade….granted the width difference is only 1/32”, but a full kerf blade is ~ 33% wider than a TK and requires proportionately more power to spin.

While a nice Forrest WWII for $100 would do a really good job on your saw, a good $30-$50 blade will also do a really good job if your selective, and the price point seems more appropriate for the saw. To avoid clunkers, be sure to stick with a specific series or model as opposed to just the brand. Freud Diablo, Freud Industrial, Irwin Marples, Infinity Combomax, CMT, CMT ITK, DeWalt Precision Trim, are a couple of good examples of moderately priced blades that are very suitable for your saw.

I’d avoid Avanti/Avanti Pro, DeWalt Construction, Vermont American, Ryobi, WorkForce, HF, Oldham Contractor, Irwin Marathon, Skil, most Sears, and other off names.

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