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Forum topic by soob posted 05-06-2015 05:30 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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soob

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05-06-2015 05:30 PM

I bit the bullet and ordered a track saw (I picked the DeWalt). One of the things I want to do with it is rip rough lumber which has been flat sawn with the bark left on both sides. But most folks seem to use 6.5” blades for finished cuts or framing. I don’t see any dedicated ripping blades in that size.

Am I missing something, or should I just get a general construction, 18-tooth blade and have at it?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 05:51 PM

This one should work. I use it on my Festool and it is a fantastic blade. I use it for straight edging rough sawn lumber, and it replaced a Tenryu that went dull (decided against resharpening). It was also a good blade, but I’m partial to the Freud brand. This blade is 6.4” with a 20MM arbor hole….can’t see why it wouldn’t work on the Dewalt. You can use the other blades, but they cut awful slow when ripping (DAHIKT).

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soob

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 08:05 PM

That’s it—thanks! I guess I should have checked metric sizes given the ubiquity of the Festool.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 01:35 PM

I’m a big fan of Infinity blades after a few bad experiences with some freud carbide chipping. I also hate the red it can leave on my wood… Infinity just came out with a new line of track saw blades. http://www.infinitytools.com/165mm-x-48T-x-20mm-Bore-Track-Master-Saw-Blade/productinfo/007-005/

-- Mike

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 02:54 PM

Fred, Send me that Tenryu. I’ll have it sharpened. It’s the only blade I use anymore.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 03:00 PM

Gene, I would have been happy to send it, but it went into the trash the day the Freud arrived. Didn’t even think about offering it to someone…..sorry. Also, Mike mentioned that hidious red coating (describes my feelings about it), true enough it’s uglier than sin….some Freud blades can be had without it, but not this one. I’ll have to look at the Infinity blades, they do have good stuff.

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 04:09 PM

You threw a Tenryu away? My entire collection of saw blades just flopped over.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 05-07-2015 04:21 PM

Guys, we’re talking about a $25 blade, and I think it was $20 when I bought it. It was the Tenryu PSW-16012CBD2.

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 11:26 AM

I just looked up the Infinity blades. It looks to me like they only offer the 48 tooth crosscut (?) blade. Interestingly, they offer a slightly larger one for the Dewalt/Triton/Makita brands (165 MM instead of 160MM)

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