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Forum topic by dbissot posted 10-05-2008 04:55 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2008 04:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blade saw dado

Any recommendations on the type of saw blade to purchase for hardwoods? How many teeth, brand, etc?
Also, what type/brand of Dado blade would you recommend? Thanks for your ideas!

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#1 posted 10-05-2008 05:33 PM

I use freud Industrial blades 24t I use it all the time my dado blade is makita 6in.

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#2 posted 10-05-2008 10:44 PM

I use Forrest blades in all of my saws. I generally use the Woodworker II 40 tooth blade for ripping and crosscutting. For dadoes I use the Forrest dado set. For melamine and plywoods I use the Duraline 80 tooth blade. These blades are pricey but with my Craftsman saw I need all the help I can get to make good cuts. These blades have gotten top reviews in several woodworking magazines.

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#3 posted 10-06-2008 02:12 AM

Can’t beat the Woodworker blades. Good stuff.

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#4 posted 10-06-2008 02:19 AM

I have had good luck with Freud. 50t combination for most work. Full kerf industrial one if your saw will handle it. (LU84R011). After that, a good 24t rip blade for thick boards, and a 60t or 80t for fine cutting edges. I also have the Freud SD208 dado set and am happy with it. Upgraded from a Vermont American 6” that did okay but did not give me flat bottoms in the dadoes. I would advise against any of the wobble type adjustable dado sets. The will give a round bottom and are not worth the price. I have a 6” Craftsman that I will not give away because I would not do that disservice to a fellow woodworker!. For comparison to your saw, I am using a Ridgid TS3650 13 amp (110v) contractor saw (belt drive). I prefer the full kerf blades as they warp less when resawing thick wood. I have found a quality full kerf blade will cut as well as a cheap thin kerf, can be resharpened, and is more stable.


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#5 posted 10-06-2008 03:18 AM

I agree that the Forrest blades are great. I use the Workworker II full kerf with 40 teeth. I also have the Freud D1080X 80 tooth, which is a very good crosscut blade. My dado set is the Forrest Dado King 8”.

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#6 posted 10-06-2008 03:23 AM

While I own the Forrest Woodworker II; any of the major brands will give you very good performance as long as your saw is aligned properly. I have the Forrest for the cross & rip cuts and a CMT dado set.

I would say that be it CMT, Freud or Forrest it’s hard to go wrong….

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#7 posted 10-06-2008 01:04 PM

I use Forrest blades in all my saws – I have always been very happy with their performance. They are not cheap but you generally get what you pay for.

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