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Forum topic by Sloyfa posted 11-02-2017 12:52 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2017 12:52 PM

I just got a really nice 1970’s 10” radial arm saw off of Craigslist, and it was very well kept (or not used much) and well preserved by wherever it was stored. I bought the saw for only one purpose- to have around for a nice, clean, smooth cut every so often. No quantity or production work at all.

So I’d like to buy a new blade, and I know more teeth help with a smoother cut, but that’s the only thing I know about blades….

I don’t need a fast cut. I can take it slow on every cut going forward if that helps. And if it’s possible to work it into the trade-off somehow, I’d like as quiet a blade as I can get. And cost is no concern (at least not in this case).

Is there a go-to brand/size/tooth blade that I should get for a 10” saw if I want the smoothest clean (quiet?) cut possible, and don’t care what it costs?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 11-02-2017 01:07 PM

Get Freud ultimate cutoff blade.

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#2 posted 11-02-2017 01:26 PM

If you have the $$$ to spend you can’t go wrong with Ridge Carbide – they have a couple different RAS blades, here is their top-of-the-line blade.

If you are on a budget, the best blades for a radial arm saw have a very low to negative hook angle so that they don’t try to pull themselves through the wood. Here's a lower price option.

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#3 posted 11-02-2017 02:06 PM

This is a very nice blade: CMT 219.080.10

The negative hook angle is a big deal, especially for lower powered saws.

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#4 posted 11-02-2017 02:07 PM

Here is the blade I use. Definitely not a budget buy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 11-02-2017 02:10 PM

Negative hook on the blade will make it safer to use as it reduces the tendency to climb cut and make the head come running at you.

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#6 posted 11-02-2017 03:15 PM

Here is my goto RAS blade, very affordable, negative hook (don’t try to rip with it), and best of all….no ugly red coating! (OK, they also come with that hideous red coating if you insist!)

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#7 posted 11-02-2017 09:05 PM

Thanks everybody! The Freud ultimate cutoff blade seems the most interesting so far… this would be as good a bet for something less noisy, at least as much as possible, right?

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