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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 05-08-2015 02:46 PM 743 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AAANDRRREW

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05-08-2015 02:46 PM

So, I’ve been reading a lot on blades for my miter saw, 10” Hitachi non-sliding. It has a 24 tooth stock blade that actually does a good job, but I’d like a little better one.

I am very close to buying this CMT blade:
http://www.amazon.com/CMT-P10060-Finish-Blade-8-Inch/dp/B00BIE0SIG/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1431096229&sr=8-9&keywords=cmt+10%22+miter

But… The ratings on the blade give it great for hardwoods, but lesser for soft. I do cut a lot of regular 2×4’s for various projects, along with some pallet wood for other projects. If I got this, would it be smarter to save it for my nicer projects and use a blade with less teeth for the regular 2×4’s and pallet projects? (Assuming all nails and staples are taken out :) )


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 02:56 PM

That’s a heckuva deal on that blade. But you could get by with one like this for soft woods.
Though, I really can’t imagine that the CMT wouldn’t give satisfactory cuts in fir or pine.

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 06:01 PM

I would be concerned with the high shear angle grind. It will give you a very clean splinter free cut, but it will wear quicker than a regular shear angle grind. Great for cutting plywood as the veners won’t splinter.

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 08:48 PM

That one should be fine, but it’s not from CMT’s best line. Ron’s right that the higher top bevel won’t hold edge for as long as some grinds, but for hobby volumes it should hold up for a while if you keep it clean.

I can’t help but wonder if this US made off-labeled Oldham Pro with 80T and a slighly lower top bevel, won’t cut even cleaner and have better edge life for a few less bucks. It looks like it would withstand more sharpenings too.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 11:26 AM

Made any decisions yet?

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AAANDRRREW

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 01:10 PM

Hi guys. Sorry been busy. I did end up buying the CMT blade because it was inexpensive and I figured I’d try it. I’m not sure what hobby volumes are, but I’d say that at most I’m a hobbiest. Still learning quite a bit and have only done a handful of projects. The fiancĂ© really likes the look of pine, so I guess that’s good for me because it is significantly cheaper. I just wanted to make sure the blade I was getting would at a minimum do what my stock hitachi 24 T was doing, which was actually pretty impressive for a 24T.

Now… I have some pallets. She loves pallet wood and the rustic reclaimed look… I might use a cheaper blade to cut that stuff because of nails and such. Would hate to miss one and trash a good blade.

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