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Forum topic by sIKE posted 03-25-2008 04:14 AM 1119 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2008 04:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw blade

I am closing in on finishing up my Miter Saw Bench and I have turned my thoughts towards a good dedicated crosscut blade. I am thinking a Freud crosscut blade with 80 teeth. However the next two choices leave my head swimming hook and Bevel. There are three choices from Freud all 10” x 80T

ATB, .098 kerf, 5° Hook
ATB, .116 kerf, 10° Hook
HI ATB, .126 kerf 2° Hook

I understand the basics of what ATB means, and I am mainly going to use it as a break down tool, I am gonna use a nice Miter Gage and good blade on the TS to depend upon for cuts requiring a hi degree of accuracy. But still would like to have most of the work done on the Miter Saw to be of good to very good quality. I am thinking that the first one (the cheapest) would work in this scenario.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 04:57 AM

What are you going to cut most?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 03:18 PM

Maple/Oak/Walnut/Pine is what I have been cutting so far, would like to try my hand at some other woods, but Maple and Walnut really piques my interest the most.

I found a good site that covers these topics in nice detail.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 02:28 AM

For sliding miter saws, I personally like thin kerf, negative hook blade. A negative hook makes the blade less aggressive (less likely to have the blade climb on you if you do your sliding cuts by pulling towards you rather that pushing away). I usually buy 60 to 80 tooth freud blades.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 04:24 AM

Not a slider, gonna use a RAS for the rare occasion I have something wide and long to crosscut.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 01:56 AM

Just this afternoon (3/26), I received a Freud LU79R010, 10” 80T blade. It must be a popular choice as it was on back order for a month. This thin kerf (.098”) blade is a HiATB type with a 2 degree hook. It is rated “excellent” for crosscut wood, plywood, and laminate, and only “good” for chipboard. I got this blade for fine cuts on high grade plywood and laminates.

that being said, the crosscut blade in my current use is a Freud thin kerf 60T blade, type AB, with a 10 degree hook. It does very well in crosscutting and mitering hardwoods, without any tear out or need to disk sand.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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