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ashahidan

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269 days ago

I plan to rip some planks with my 7 1/4 inch Skilsaw . The saw is fitted with a crosscut blade. Is it necessary that I fit the saw with a rip blade ?

ashahidan

-- asm


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 269 days ago

WHat kind of crosscut blade? 40 tooth? 60 tooth? WHat kind of wood are you cutting?
Generally speaking, a crosscut blade will do a crappy job ripping wood. Your feed rate will have to be really slow and you’ll likely scorch parts of the wood.

You can buy an appropriate blade for about $10. I’d urge you to go that route.

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richgreer

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#2 posted 269 days ago

You’ll have to go slow and you will not get a very clean cut. I have a combination blade on my table saw. I use it to rip when I only have a little wood to rip. I switch to a true ripping blade when I have a large amount of ripping to do. There is a difference. I go faster and it a better cut with the ripping blade.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 269 days ago

Maybe take a couple of light passes, however, purchasing the
correct rip blade would be better.

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EEngineer

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#4 posted 269 days ago

I use this blade from HD.

With 24 teeth, it does a decent job cross-cutting or ripping. And it cuts like buttah! I am really sold on the Diablo line of blades – good price, great performance and, so far (knock on wood), they have lasted well.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Whiskers

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#5 posted 269 days ago

Freud Diablo blades are great buys for the money. It’s all I use now. They cut clean every time without biting into your wallet badly and are available nearly everywhere. Amazon carries them if you don’t feel like chasing them down.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 269 days ago

A short answer to your question…...YES.
Buy a ripper.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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distrbd

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#7 posted 269 days ago

DIABLO
Demo Demon Blade 7-1/4 Inch is the meanest blade I have ever used on a circular saw,it’s 24 teeth rips through wood with ease,I don’t know if you have these blades available in your part of the world but if it is,I highly recommend it.

-- Ken from Ontario

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Tedstor

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#8 posted 269 days ago

Yep. Diablo 7 1/4 blade. I sometimes use one on my table saw.

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ashahidan

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#9 posted 269 days ago

Tedstor,
The blade I have on the Skilsaw is an 80 tooth type. It makes very smooth crosscuts every time. I do not wish to damage it. So I will get a ripping blade .

Richgear,
Almost all tool shops in my area did not even understand what is a combination blade.
As everyone suggests that I use a proper ripping blade I will get one. I have never use a circular saw for ripping planks before. I am scared of kickbacks.

Thank you everybody

-- asm

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