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Posted on thin kerf blade for ridgid r4512 - how useful is 0.06 thinner kerf?

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#1 posted 08-19-2018 05:20 PM

The Freud Industrial series has more carbide, and a wider selection that the Diablo blades. The bigger carbide will withstand more resharpenings. In the case of the LU87 vs the D1024x, they’re actually different grinds…the LU87 has flat top grind (FTG), which is ideal for ripping with the grain, while the D1024X has an ATB grind. The LU86/D1040x, LU83/D1050x, and LU88/D1060X are more similar to each other (or at least were the last time I checked).

Getting the most from your saw doesn’t require spending a fortune, but when you consider the overall cost of a good setup, spending a few extra bucks to optimize the setup by stepping up from stock blades to decent quality aftermarket blades is generally prudent IMHO. Specifically, if you’ll be doing a lot of ripping, the LU87 or equivalent should be money well spent in the long run. Keeping your blades clean will keep them sharp and performing well longer.

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