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Forum topic by Frankr1zzo posted 04-10-2020 03:50 PM 243 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Frankr1zzo

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04-10-2020 03:50 PM

Hello fellow wood workers. I am a total wood noob i recently bought a delta 10 contractor saw. Its a us made belt drive style
My wood skills are minimal at best. I have been atempting to build stuff from dimensional lumber. I sm currently trying to build a fsrm house table. My question out of the thousands of saw blades what should i buy . I bought a harbor freight admiral blade 50 tooth combination blade it worked decent out of the box but its quickly fading. I will not be working with hardwoods anytime soon . I do not have a jointer so i havd to keep cut quality in mind
The blades are so confusing. i just want a does most. Is durable under 40$ blade. Any recommendations would be great

I do.have a dado blade its a craftsman excaliber 3 blade unit i picked up new in box for 20$ is this blade worth keeing?


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#1 posted 04-10-2020 06:19 PM

Amana makes good blades, Freud makes good blades. Then there’s other makers Forrest,infinity.
For a contractor saw a thin kerf blades are a good idea.
Definitely don’t spend your money on anything from harbor freight . They garbage
Look for a tablesaw blade in the different makers there’s one for crossing cutting and ripping. Some for plywood some for solid wood. Just read up.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 07:05 PM

Get a set of Diablo blades. One 24 tooth thin rip, the other a 60 tooth thin crosscut. ( made by Freud, just thinner carbides, same quality) They will do 90% of what you need and cost half a single Forrest. Stay away from combination or multi-purpose blades. They do everything, but not well. Freud, Amana, CMT, Ridge Carbide, Forrest… good stuff. Do what AJ said, read up. Read what the above mentioned companies say but ignore their all in one miracle blades. Had a Freud Fusion and have a Ridge Carbide 2000. I use my cheap Diablos as they do a better job. Maybe when I upgrade to a 3 HP cabinet, the Ridge Carbide will come into it’s own.

Is the Craftsman blade any good? Don’t know. Try it. A dado set is usually two outers and 4 chippers with a set of shims. A decent one, just decent is at least $100.

If new, go watch all the Stumpy Nubs videos on table saw use and safety. You have a very good saw, but alas, no riving knife. I consider that the second most important safety feature. ( your brain the other) Make zero clearance inserts, nice big sled, and so on. Never get your hand within 6 inches of the blade and you will do fine. If anything feels dicey, it probably is so back up and make a jig.

Contractor saws don’t have much dust collection. Dust kills slowly, so use a mask.

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 07:26 PM

Good blades that can be resharpened many times do cost more than that, but there are several approaches to getting decent cuts for little money.

For rip cuts you are best off with fewer teeth, but for plywood and very clean crosscuts you want more teeth. Combo blades that do each reasonably well are convenient, but not necessarily cheaper than two blades that cut equally well or better. I would not go over 40 teeth on a general use blade.

Cripe Distributing on Ebay has very good prices on blades, but exactly which blades are offered will vary. The 40 tooth Delta or Dewalt blade numbered 7657 is respectable, and extremely inexpensive. The Delta version is $20 today.

If you are ripping thick stock, a real rip blade makes a lot of difference, particularly on an underpowered saw. Switching from a combo to a rip blade feels like doubling the power of your saw.

Note that you can use smaller blades on your saw. If your main blade is no longer sharp enough to cleanly cut plywood, you can use a 7 1/4” 40 (or more) tooth blade. Freud Diablo blades are very widely available and work well.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 08:02 PM

Give Knotscott’s blogs a read. Everything you need to know is there.
btw, anyone who tells you to avoid combination blades all together has little experience with decent combination blades and zero experience with top quality combination blades. Without question they have their place. The best are expensive though.
If all you’re doing is strictly ripping dimensional lumber with your table saw, you’ll want a dedicated ripping blade. Thin kerf would be better for a contractor saw.
Good tip by Alan on the smaller diameter blades.

Tips for picking saw blades.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/12395

The bargain saw blade list.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/36699

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#5 posted 04-10-2020 09:00 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I was at the depot and they have a dewalt 2 blade set for like 26$ but its a 32 t and a 60t i also founda similar mileaukee blade set looked like white diablo blades those are a 40t and a 60
The diablo was a 1024x im guessing this is the one you guys are refering to
I did just run across this but its an hour drive any input on these cmt ?

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#6 posted 04-11-2020 12:28 PM

These were the cmt blades

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#7 posted 04-11-2020 01:23 PM


These were the cmt blades

- Frankr1zzo

I purchased this combo set from Menards awhile back very nice blades

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