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#1 posted 05-19-2017 05:26 AM

I think a combination blade is a good choice for your first blade. 40 to 50 tooth. Brand names depend on your pocket book. A Forrest is considered the best, but it’s over $100. A good Freud can be had for under $50. The main difference is the thickness of the carbide tips. The Freud will give you stellar cuts, but can’t be sharpened as many times as a premium blade.

To rip thick stock, something in the 24 tooth range is good. It’ll minimize burning that is common with some woods, like cherry.

But the combination blade is a good one to keep mounted for everyday crosscuts and ripping 4/4 stock.

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