Combine Drop And Mitre Saw: Blade?

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Forum topic by kiwilynne posted 05-21-2019 09:19 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2019 09:19 PM

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Hi all,

I’m new to using a dropsaw but recently acquired a basic secondhand mitre/dropsaw combo. I want to make some tea boxes for people. What the best blade to get in terms of teeth count? Also, the saw no longer has its original clamps, and using an F or G clamp is difficult due to there not really being sufficient room for the bottom of the clamp to rest on. Would strong spring clamps or toggle clamps be sufficient? Picture of the saw below. Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 10:53 PM

10 or 12” blade? Can’t tell the scale on my phone

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#2 posted 05-21-2019 11:56 PM

Beside 10 or 12” what size is your saws arbor. 5/8” is common in the states, maybe not so much elsewhere.

For the fence, and clamping, you would lose a small amount of capacity, but many people use both taller fences, and beds with a sheet of plywood. Doesn’t mean it has to be ply, could be solid wood. But some wood type to make a taller fence, bed with a zero clearance cut for better cuts.

Your pic doesn’t tell me if it has threaded holes in the fence where some countersunk bolts/screws could be used to fasten a taller strudy fence on. With that you could easily clamp anything to that fence.

For straight 90* cuts a 3” or 4” spring clamp would probably hold well enough, but a C clamp or F clamp would be stronger.

I’d hate to suggest a blade, your sources may be different than mine. A high tooth count is best, 80 to 100 teeth.

The Forest Chopmaster is very good

As is the Ridge Super blade for miter saws

Use the attributes they have, and see if there is a blade locallly you can get. I’m not sure if Ridge, or Forrest are international?

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#3 posted 05-22-2019 12:19 AM

Get a negative rake blade of about 60 or 80 tooth. you can use a squeeze clamp to hold the wood to the fence.
if you have a negative rake blade, it will be less aggressive and you can hold most pieces to the fence with your hand providing they are not real small .

Cheers, Jim

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