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chetrog

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05-26-2014 03:11 AM

I am going to be using a lot of cutting on my new circular saw. I think the new saw has a cheap 24 tooth blade. I am going to be ripping a lot of OSB . I also will need to rip some 2×6’s. Does anyone suggest on how many tooth blade I should be looking into purchase. I don’t really want to spend over for $20. From what i have read, a lot of people suggest carbide blades. I really don’t use my saw much, but im going to be getting a new shed and will be cutting shelves etc. Thanks for your time.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.


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#1 posted 05-26-2014 03:44 AM

Try Diablo Demo Demon:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/demo-demon-blade-7-1-4-inch/982834

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 03:46 AM

Your definitely going to want to use a 24 tooth blade, any fewer and the chips flying off the material will beat you to death. I have found the Avanti blades HD carries to be very good for the price. They are well made and the carbide tips are sharp. The 7 1/4” blades are under 10 bucks a piece and at times you can pick up a 2 pack for just a little more. I even use their 40 and 60 tooth blades when cutting cabinet grade plywood, they work great. The 10” 60 tooth blade is constantly on my miter saw as well. I have gotten good service out of all the Avanti blades I talk about here. Alan who is has the Woodman channel on you tube uses them on his table saw. The hassle of taking blades to be sharpened if you can find a decent sharpening service is not worth it to me when I can but smooth cutting blades this cheap. Try it you’ll like it. No kidding, they are good blades.

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 03:52 AM

I second the Freud Diablo line. They are a staple for my tools.

-- paxorion

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 04:31 AM

x’s 3 On The Diablo Demon. At $18.99 it’s the best you’re going to do and it’s a Good Blade.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 10:33 AM

24T should do well. 40T may struggle with a 2×6, but will leave a cleaner cut. Definitely get a carbide tipped, but note that all carbide is not created equal. The Freud Diablo are some of the best made blades in this class and price range. They’re made in Italy and are readily available everywhere. Blades from Oshlun, Bosch, DW Precision Trim series, and the CMT ITK Plus series are also worth some consideration. I would not even consider the new Avanti knock offs that are no longer associated with Freud…they’re the same caliber of blade that came with your saw.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 10:46 AM

I’m with knotscott – the two times I’ve used the cheapo Avanti blades they’ve been absolute crap. Don’t waste your money there.

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#7 posted 05-26-2014 04:31 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 06:46 PM

For a circluar saw? Just pick up a couple Irwins, one should be a 24 tooth. Get the carbide ones. Dewalt does make a few decent ones, as well. Been running a Irwin 24 tooth Carbide blade in my old Craftsman All Metal Circular saw with no problems.

Used to do a lot of Concrete form work for a construction Company. All they bought were Dewalts blades.

Now, IF I could find a 6-1/3 with the diamond knockout, I have a SKIL Home Shop that needs a need blade. Saw, and the metal case cost me about $5, hoping the blade will cost that much, LOL!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 05-26-2014 08:46 PM

+1 on the Freud Diablo line. Not too pricey, does great job, easy to find. Amazon sells them cheap if you shopping adverse. 24 tooth great for 2×4s but will leave a rough edge on sheets like OSB or ply. A good ply blade is more useful for me as I use a miter saw to cut 2x material. More teeth the smoother the cut, but less aggressive which is bad as the thickness of the wood goes up. A good sheet goods blade can cut 2x material, you just have to go slow and easy, but you can’t make that 24 tooth shark blade bite any smoother. And remember, the bolt holding the blade on many/most saws is reverse threaded.

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chetrog

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 01:34 AM

Should I buy the better ones people have suggested, and then buy a cheap 60 tooth? I will be ripping a lot of osb. It is only going to be on a new shed, maybe I should just live with the osb cuts. Thanks again for your time.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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Whiskers

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 01:45 AM

NO NO NO, buy a decent blade made for plywood. Thing is, plywood is tricky cause it will cut really rough really easy due to tearing out on the backside. Not sure how many teeth my blade has, but it was specifically reviewed well on amazon for plywood. That will work great for your OSB. For chopping 2X stock you can use the blade that came with your saw if you want, or even the ply blade if you go slow and easy. I think my Freud Diablo blade cost me in the 30-40 range. No reason to buy super expensive carbide crap. Not for a circular saw. A circular saw is not a precision instrument. If you worked with it every day building houses or a certain something, than yeah a super special blade worth it. Even when I want a precision cut in sheet goods, I use the circular saw to cut it down into rough handle-able size and than do the real job on a table saw, but it sounds like your doing construction, which is different. Hit the middle ground. You want a plywood blade. I know OSB is not plywood but believe me you will thank me later when you do want to cut plywood.

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#12 posted 05-27-2014 01:46 AM

A 24 tooth blade would lot be better than a 40 (definitely not a 60 tooth) for 2 by’s and also will work fine for OSB sheeting…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 05-27-2014 01:50 AM

Haven’t cut OSB, I hate that stuff myself, refuse to work with it, but Kick might have a point, just stick with the stock 24 tooth blade, until you need to upgrade. My old antique craftsman circular saw with it’s sabre tooth stock blade still slices thru 2x stock when I pull it out. It just not as nice to work with as the newer spiffy laser equipped skil saw when breaking down sheet goods.

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#14 posted 05-27-2014 02:00 AM

A 24 tooth blade is a one size fits all for crosscutting 2 by’s and sheeting. It will work for both for building a shed. A carpenter on the job site will more than likely have a decent 24 tooth blade. They aren’t going to change out a blade to rip down sheeting after crosscutting 2 by’s.
Now if you were crosscutting or ripping a 4×8 ’ sheet of cabinet grade plywood, then get a good 60 tooth blade and place the good side down when cutting to avoid splintering the veneer (good side down because of the rotation of the blade).

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Whiskers

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#15 posted 05-27-2014 02:03 AM

huh? good side ? think you got that backwards, it splinters on the back of the cut. Good side up!

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