|Forum topic by AAANDRRREW||posted 04-06-2015 11:44 PM||671 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-06-2015 11:44 PM
Hi all. Pretty new to the woodworking gig. I just got the Delta 36-725 saw from Lowes and have really liked it thus far. I do have a couple blade questions though – I know there is blade info from A to ZZ, but I just have two pointed questions.
1. I bought an 80T Irwin Marples blade – Most of my work will be either plywood or 1xsomething oak/birch/maple etc. I’d say about equal cross cuts vs rips. Now the 80T bladed did boast about great cross cutting, I’m worried if I use it to rip alot it will decrease the life of the blade. Now if I’m just the weekend warrior and dabble here and there, maybe its not a big deal – but I’m wondering if I should grab a 40T or less blade for ripping to make it easier on my saw and 80T blade. (now, the blade was $55… I’m a tightwad, but not THAT tight. if the blade lasts me a couple years or a TV stand, bookshelf, desk and shelving unit I’ll be fine).
2. I used my Craftsman pro 15 amp circular saw and the Kreg rip kit fence thingy to rip my 4×8 sheet of ply the other day. No clue what blade came with the saw (its brand new) but I noticed the rip wasn’t as pretty as my 80T one (no kidding, eh?). Can someone recommend a 7 1/4 blade that is better at rip cuts but also won’t have a problem with the occasional 2×4 stud? All i seem to find in the 7 1/4 range at the big box and hardware stores are constuction ones, nothing a little better.
3. Also, i have the 10” Hitachi non-sliding miter saw, and absolutley love it. I think it has a 24T blade in it and from what I can see cuts amazing. If I use this mainly for 1xwhatevers for face frames and the occasional 2×4, is a 24T blade ok? I kind of thought I’d need a better one for the hard woods…