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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 11-21-2013 07:58 PM 1712 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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11-21-2013 07:58 PM

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http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=30057&cat=1,41080,41165

I am wanting to get a dedicated rip blade for my table saw. I have been browsing around and looking at some on different sites and amazon. I was wondering if any of you guys have ever tried this particular blade. The write up in the description looks like it would work nicely, but all write ups look that way. I haven’t found any reviews on it at all. Just wondering if it’s been tried, and if it’s a yes or no. Otherwise I may just get and then I can do a review. For the record I have a craftsman 21833 table saw 1 and 3/4 horse. I use a freud 24 tooth thin kerf for rips now, and it’s ok, just wanted to get something a little better.

Thanks in advance,

The Swede

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Loren

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 08:03 PM

Lee Valley tooling generally offers good quality for what you
pay. I have some router bits from them. The saw blades
are probably an unlabeled industrial brand from Germany
or something like that.

In terms of the “safety” feature. It can be useful when
ripping freehand with a beam saw but on a table saw
I’m not sure I see much advantage. Probably no harm
in using it though. I’ve used crosscut blades like that
on miter saws and smaller ripping blades on 7.25”
circular saws.

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kdc68

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 09:35 PM

Knotscott is the guru on blades….perhaps he will read and reply. I’d be sure the kerf width of the blade will work with the riving knife on your saw

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 09:48 PM

It is nice that it is a flat top grind, which will five flat bottom cuts for splines.

Not clear what is really safer but having the teeth offset from the centerline – still seems that it is the tooth that catches to cause kickback so if you have the splitter out and the board comes away from the fence… I don’t see where it would be different than other blades.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 10:31 PM

Thanks guys, I figured they would put their names on something decent at least

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 11:30 PM

It looks like it could be made by Skarpaz or Amana Tool….both good manufacturers. I haven’t tried that specific blade, but I do have a very good Amana Tools rip blade.

Keep in mind that a 24T blade is intended for heavy bulk ripping, and won’t leave a fine finish. A full kerf blade blade is 33% wider than a 3/32” TK blade, and will require more power from a saw that may or may not have it available. The Freud LU87 24T TK blade is an excellent example of that type of blade….not sure there are any other 24T blades that will significantly outperform your Freud. Can you define what you’d like to be “better”. and maybe we can help you find something that will fit the bill.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 04:54 AM

Thank you Knotscott. I know that a rip blade isn’t going to leave a perfect finish. I had a combination blade for a while, but I have moved more to using a dedicated crosscut, and using a rip blade when needed. I have been using that rip blade for a good while and it should be replaced soon. I was just checking all the different sites for blades just for curiosity and was merely wondering how this blade would do. I am not unhappy with the freud, just wanted to play with a new toy is all.

Thanks again

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knotscott

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 10:20 AM

They’re on the pricey side, but the 30T WWII TK is an excellent rip blade that does well up to full height, given enough power. It definitely offers a cleaner cut than any 24T blade I’ve tried, but doesn’t burn as much as most 30T GLR’s or 40T blades in thicker materials.

Other proven 24T rip blades to consider are the Infinity 010-124, CMT 202.024.10, or Amana AGE MD10-240TB.

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#8 posted 11-22-2013 10:35 AM

Pretty sure that the manufacturer of the blades that LV carries (other than Forrest) is Dimar. I have no experience with that particular blade though. Dimar blades and cutters are generally well-regarded.

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 10:49 AM

I just bought the Freud LM72M010 from Amazon this week. Going to give it a rip (HA!) today and see how it goes. Ill let you know how I like it.

Scott.

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#10 posted 11-22-2013 03:33 PM

It’s manufactured by Dimar and it is an excellent blade. Dimar has manufacturing facilities in Germany and other European countries. http://s363625812.online.de/katalog_list.php?id_kunden=651&id_kategorien=1775

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#11 posted 11-22-2013 05:28 PM

Thanks Billy Bobby

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