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10-11-2017 11:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw tablesaw rip ripping blade

Hi all. I’m looking for recommendations for a rip blade for my table saw. I don’t have much experience with anything other than combination blades, and am getting confused about what would be best for my needs.

I need a rip blade that can do extremely smooth, glue-ready cuts to minimize the amount of cleanup I have to do after ripping. I have a SawStop contractor saw (120V, 1.75HP, 10” blades). About 90% of my cutting will be on 4/4 material, and probably not doing anything over 6/4. I will be using it on relatively hard woods like padauk, wenge, and purpleheart.

My biggest points of confusion are if a 24-tooth blade will be able to give me the cut I need or should I go up to 30… and if I go with a thin kerf given the power of my table saw, do I need to be concerned about deflection?

A flat-top grind would be a nice bonus, since I could one of those, but I’m not willing to sacrifice the rip quality if another grind (triple chip?) would provide a smoother cut.

Specific brand & model recommendations would be much appreciated. I am willing to pay a premium for a nice long-life blade.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 12:10 AM

You won’t go too far wrong with a Forrest blade.
Forrest recommends stabilizers with thin kerf

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#2 posted 10-12-2017 12:12 AM

I have been using Freud LU86 thin kerf general purpose 40 tooth blade for almost everything lately. It rips and crosscuts hardwoods well.

I used to make rip cuts with a 24 tooth dedicated ripping blade. The cuts were not the cleanest, and crosscuts were poor quality so I switched to the 40 tooth blade. It works great for me, but I’m not cutting wenge either.

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#3 posted 10-12-2017 12:23 AM

I use a Forrest ww2 for rip and xcut. Works great for me.

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#4 posted 10-12-2017 12:59 AM

Read this by resident blade guru knotscott.

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#5 posted 10-12-2017 02:17 AM

I’ve been doing a lot of internet searching/surfing lately for table saw blades. I’ll be cutting oak, and don’t mind a jointer pass, so not quite the same as your needs.
I purchased an Infinity 2 blade set (24 tooth FTG rip, and 50 tooth ATBR combo).
I went with full kerf for blade stiffness—but lots of people say thin works great too.

The 40 tooth Infinity Super General is reported to give very smooth rips and cross cuts. It has 30 degree High ATB teeth. Forrest WWII 48 tooth and Freud P410 have same HATB teeth. Won’t rip as fast as a 20 tooth FTG, but smoother, which you’ve listed as a priority.

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#6 posted 10-12-2017 02:31 AM

Freud LU83R010 combo is what I use and get real clean glue ready cuts. The Freud blades have the sides of the teeth double ground for clean cutting. Their rip only blades are very good too.


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#7 posted 10-12-2017 04:45 AM

I use a Freud Industrial 24T rip blade full kef for ripping which is a low cost table saw blade. I use a Freud Industrial Cabinet makers 60T cross cut full kerf blade for cross cutting and plywood. I just switch blades back and forth as it can be done in a couple of minutes on my old Unisaw 3hp. But I am no expert just a hobbyist.

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#8 posted 10-12-2017 05:37 AM

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