Table saw multi purpose blade #1: I need a recommendation

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Blog entry by MIThumb posted 03-21-2016 06:40 PM 888 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need a good multi purpose table saw blade. Can any one provide a good recommendation?

-- MCP

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 08:12 PM

About the best blade I’ve found is the Forrest Woodworker II. It’s a ATB 20° and works for rip and crosscuts as well.

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 08:20 PM

Freud LU83 10” 50T ATB-R


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#3 posted 03-21-2016 08:46 PM

I like the Freud LU86 thin kerf general purpose 40 tooth blade. It rips and crosscuts very well. It only runs around $40. I have tried the 50 tooth blades as well, but much prefer the 40 tooth blades in my saw.

More teeth = more tendency to bog the saw down or burn when ripping.
Wider kerf = more tendency to bog motor down (especially on saws 2 hp or less).

The supposed benefit of a 50 tooth over a 40 tooth is a smoother crosscut, but I just haven’t seen it in the real world. In reality my 50 tooth blade will tend to burn, while my 40 tooth does not. This makes finish sanding quicker and easier when I don’t have to remove any burn marks.

Good luck with your decision.

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 04:08 AM

I use about a 24 tooth freud thin kerf with a flat bottom cut. The thin kerf cuts faster and seems to cut cleaner as well. I dont use a dado blade, I make jewelry boxes so my dados are not very big usually. The flat bottom cut allows me to make dados and rabbets without changing blades.

-- Andy Smith

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 04:16 AM

About the best blade I ve found is the Forrest Woodworker II. It s a ATB 20° and works for rip and crosscuts as well.

- Grumpymike


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#6 posted 03-22-2016 04:55 PM

Thanks to all for your recommendations

-- MCP

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