Best table saw blade for Hardwood ripping?

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Forum topic by Jim55 posted 08-25-2020 02:39 AM 654 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2020 02:39 AM

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Need some opinions. I have been making oak pegs for a project, I’ve been cutting them out of 2’’ x 3’’ x 12’’ material.

I have been using a Freud 50T Thin Kerf combination blade. Is this a good choice?

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#1 posted 08-25-2020 02:48 AM

You don’t say what material, what kind of cut your looking for, horse power of you saw or much else .

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#2 posted 08-25-2020 02:47 PM

I use a Freud combo blade on my table saw, but only because I am back and forth ripping and cross cutting a lot in my usual, day to day, activities.

If I was going to be doing something like ripping a bunch of oak pegs (or boards for that matter), I might look at using a ripping blade. Something with fewer teeth and deeper gullets. Thin kerf is still okay, especially if you are worried about being miserly on the materials or, like me, don’t have a big HP saw. But, of course a full kerf is usually more stable.

I am a fan of Freud blades… But. Infinity, Amana, Ridge (and probably a few more my less-coffee-than-will-be-required brain can come up with this morning) all make great blades.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#3 posted 08-25-2020 04:25 PM

I use a 30T Freud Glue Line Rip blade for dedicated ripping.

But, it’s not magic either. What prompts you to question the use of your combination blade? A dedicated rip blade will put less stress on the motor with fewer teeth and deeper gullets and will be less likely to burn in the cut. But if you aren’t having issues with either of those, the blade you’re using may be just fine.

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#4 posted 08-25-2020 05:37 PM

The blade Kenny mentioned will give you a very clean cut in terms of score marks.

Not a big fan of combo blades for ripping.

Good idea to use a thin kerf blade if you saw is 1 3/4HP or less.

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#5 posted 08-25-2020 05:53 PM

I am using a Delta 5000 with a 1HP 15 amp motor, and the material is old oak.

Since I am just making pegs it does not have to be a pretty cut, so far what I have been doing is cutting halfway through then flipping it to cut the rest of the way.

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#6 posted 08-25-2020 05:54 PM

You don t say what material, what kind of cut your looking for, horse power of you saw or much else .

- AlaskaGuy

P.S. Thanks for the link that looks like a good blade.

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#7 posted 08-25-2020 06:25 PM

With that size motor driving the blade and cutting “old” oak I would use a carbide blade with the fewest teeth such as 24 or even less. The Freud cited in Jim55 comments would work.

A blade with more teeth will slow down the cut and create burning of the wood and possibly overheat the motor. I have an old Craftsman blade with 8 teeth that I use for rough ripping….even though I have a 3 hp saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-25-2020 06:59 PM

I’m with Ken. I use that blade On a 1.75 hp saw and it’s great on 8/4 hardwood stock as long as you don’t push it like it’s a 3 hp saw.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#9 posted 08-25-2020 10:31 PM

If you’re ripping with a 1 hp ts then I too vote for a 24 tooth thin kerf blade. I’ve ripped 8/4 red oak with a 1 hp ts and a thin kerf 24 tooth freud blade…...does a nice job.

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#10 posted 08-26-2020 02:58 AM

I’m with Kenny on the Freud 30 tooth glue line ripper. You want something 24 to 30 teeth, deep ripping gullets, and I like the flat tooth grind Freud offers. I also like the full kerf on these rippers, I’ve had some “issues” with thin kerf blades for ripping. Even if you have ok results on a combo, you will see a better cut with a ripper, and also better results with a dedicated crosscut blade as well. Combo anything is always a blend of not so greats on something. Once you get used to doing them, blade changes are pretty quick.

A good combo blade is always going to be over a hundred bux. Going with specific purpose blades for each use is more initial investment, but because you aren’t using any of them hard, like you do with an always on combo, you will see longer life, and always get better results.

The one BIG thing I point out, is if your saw is a Left tilter, and you use your cursor on the fence to set your cuts, it is very possible using a variety of blades will also give you a variety of start points due to varied thicknesses of saw blades. If this is the case, and you are getting ok cuts with a combo, you may want to continue using a combo blade. Right tilters don’t do this. It’s from the side of the arbor they start on. Well, provided they are seated all the way.,the%20demands%20of%20ripping%20large

Or the 24 tooth

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#11 posted 08-26-2020 04:02 AM

I picked up one of these Forrest full kerf 20 tooth blades. Even with a 1.75 hp saw, it cuts smoothly.

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#12 posted 08-26-2020 12:20 PM

I picked up one of these Forrest full kerf 20 tooth blades. Even with a 1.75 hp saw, it cuts smoothly.

- Rich

I use the same blade.

-- Woodworking, the transformation of nature to culture.

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#13 posted 09-01-2020 01:16 AM

Another vote for the Freud Glue Line blade – assuming your angles are adjusted precisely with a Wixey digital finder or similar. These can flex a tad on thicker hardwood so feeding is a bit of an art but the blade does its job…

-- Bstrom

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