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#1 posted 07-29-2018 09:18 PM

The choice is yours. Increasing the tooth count will add more resistance, heat, and strain to the motor. It will likely be fine for smaller volumes, but it will struggle more, making the need for a 3/32” thin kerf blade even more important. Some of those 24T blades do have an ATB grind, which might be acceptable for crosscuts, depending on how fussy you are about it. A decent rip blade only adds ~ $30 to the equation. If you go with a separate 60T crosscut blade and a 24T ripper, you’ll get optimium cutting performance and longer edge life, along with longer motor life on your saw, though it will require more blade changes (which can be done in about 60 seconds on most saws)

To jump to a 40T or 50T general purpose/combo blade, I’d look to the same brands…just switch the model # to the appropriate 40T blade. Freud LU86/LU83, Diablo D1040x/D1050x, CMT ITK Plus P10040, DW7140PT, Infinity 010-150, etc.

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