Positive vs negative blade rake

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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-26-2019 09:18 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2019 09:18 PM

You use a positive rake saw blade on a table saw and a negative rake blade on a miter saw, but what blade do you use on a compound sliding miter saw; POS or NEG?

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#1 posted 07-26-2019 09:26 PM

Mine has an aggressive positive hook blade on it at the moment, but it’s only for home improvement duty. If I used one in the shop and wanted smooth miters I’d use a negative hook…or at least a less steep positive hook.

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#2 posted 07-26-2019 09:46 PM

I have never used a negative rake tooth blade on a mitersaw. The blades I use are from 7deg to 12deg positive rake.

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#3 posted 07-28-2019 07:20 PM

I only use a negative hook ATB blade in compound mitre and sliding compound mitre saws. Allows me to cut non-ferrous metals along with wood.

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#4 posted 08-01-2019 01:41 PM

You’ll need more horsepower for negative rake, which is why miter saw blades are usually positive.

The negative rake is easier on the carbide, it will last longer.


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#5 posted 08-01-2019 07:34 PM

The negative hook will reduce the tendency for sliding miter saws and radial arm saws to self-feed.

That’s why I put one on my RAS. I don’t have a sliding miter and I understand that you feed from out to in on those so I can’t say why it matters if you self-feed a little.


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#6 posted 08-01-2019 07:42 PM

SMS blades specs are 5 – 15° hook angles. (Theoretically a 5° hook angle would be safer than a 15°)

Negative rake is definitely mandatory a RAS, IMO.

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#7 posted 08-02-2019 01:07 AM

Sliding miter saws feed from out to in (a push stroke) and don’t need negative rake. RASs use a pull stroke, so a positive rake blade will want to climb the board, which can be disconcerting and even dangerous. Of course, you might have other reasons to use a negative rake on a sliding miter saw, but it has nothing to do with the same issues on a RAS.

Theoretically, it should be possible to get zero chip out with a negative rake of a RAS, but not if the trailing edge (on the rising rear of the blade) contacts the wood.

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#8 posted 08-02-2019 08:31 PM

Thanks for clearing up my confusion. SCMS-pos; RAS-neg

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