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#1 posted 12-18-2017 02:10 PM

It might depend on the material you cut, I mostly use hard maple and could not notice a slightest difference in crosscut quality between 60 tooth and 24 tooth blades. Both are mirror like with no swirl marks whatsoever. That is why, after a while I stopped bothering switching to the crosscut blade.

- Carloz

My experience of 25+yrs is just the opposite. I don’t know of any 24 tooth rip blade that can be used for xcutting, especially if its a flat top grind. Sure, a brand new 32T glue line rip can give pretty amazing xcuts, but the quality declines rapidly as the teeth get dull.

I disagree on the combo blades. OK for general cutting, but they do not excel at either.

If you are trolling for blades ;-) IMO these 3 blades will serve you well. : 60-80T, 24T flat top, and a glue line rip. I’m a CMT guy, but the Freud LM74M010 is an excellent blade. I’ve used it for 2” stock and its fine.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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