Table saw blade vs miter saw blade?

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Forum topic by Artie2 posted 04-03-2019 02:21 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2019 02:21 PM

Is a table saw blade and miter saw blade the same thing? I have both a 10” table saw and a 10” miter saw. My kids got me a nice selection of Diablo blades last Christmas and I was wondering if they’re safe to use on either saw. I wasn’t sure if there was an engineering difference in the two. I’m purely an “occasional” woodworker and have never had the blade off of either saw yet, so I’m not sure if their mounting is different.

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#1 posted 04-03-2019 02:28 PM

Mounting is the same, ideal tooth geometry is different.

Lots of engineering and details, but mainly on a table saw you want a positive hook angle, while a miter saw is better off with a negative hook. Hook is the degree that the tooth leans in front or behind a line drawn from the center of the blade to the tooth.

For the blades you have, however, you should be fine. Most of the general purpose blades that are common to the market, like your Diablo’s, use geometry that is a compromise so they work for both a table saw or a miter saw.

Edit: updated for clarity on terms

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#2 posted 04-03-2019 02:39 PM

Thanks Jay. Good info. That’s exactly what I needed to know.

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#3 posted 04-03-2019 03:00 PM

+1 What JayT said

As as long as you know impact of using inferior hook/rake angles for the cut being made, you can use any blade anywhere. :-)

That said, for safety reasons you should know your blade geometry and what to expect when using them.
Hook angle impacts feed rate into cut. Negative hook helps push board down and towards the miter saw fence. Positive hook does opposite, which can cause issues when lumber is not securely held for cut.

Here is mfg neutral outline of saw blade geometry information for more details.


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#4 posted 04-03-2019 05:24 PM

Miter saws only make crosscuts so they take cross cut (ATB) blades.
Table saws can both rip and crosscut so they can use crosscut (ATB) or rip® or combo (ATBR) blades depending on the task at hand – not to mention dado stacks, sanding disks and even extremely scarey moulding heads.


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#5 posted 04-03-2019 05:33 PM

+2 on the above info.
About a year ago when I was looking for a 12” blade for my Dewalt miter saw, the main thing I learned is a SLIDING miter saw really needs a negative hook to prevent the blade from pulling into the cut (self-feeding).
A non-sliding miter saw works well with zero hook, or can use negative hook too.
If you’re careful, a table saw blade can be used in a non-slider (standard lawyer don’t-sue-me comment too).
The high tooth count cross cut table saw blades generally have less hook than rip blades.
Have fun, be safe.

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