Table saw Blade..thin Kerf...what one do you advise

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Forum topic by okiecowboy posted 12-06-2014 03:45 PM 1586 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2014 03:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw thin kerf new guy

Hello all
New here..well I have been lurking for a while but decided to sign up and ask for advise.. starting some new projects with some rather costly (to me) wood, and when you pay a bunch per bf you hate to loose alot to cutting… I have been leaning towards the El diablo blades for my 10” saw… anyone have any advice, tips, pointers etc for a new wood worker?

Thanks again …and thanks for all the info you guys post every day…it sure helps with the learning curve of some.of us

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 03:55 PM

When I’m cutting a lot of particularly expensive lumber, I use Freud 40 tooth thin kerf combination blades. The cut quality is excellent and the power required to cut even the densest hardwood is greatly reduced. The only downfall I’ve seen is when taking slight cuts where the full width of the blade isn’t fully engaged with the wood, sometime slight deflection can be seen (by slight, I mean very slight < 0.010”).

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 06:53 PM

I used the Super General.
Awesome. Really.

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 07:36 PM

I have a 50T combination blade and this is a good choice for most cuts except plywood. This blade is unsatisfactory for cutting the thin veneer plywood “out there” today.

Following the advise of Shopsmith’s Jim McCann, I have been using my 60T crosscut blade for most general purpose use. It even does a good job on plywood. If I had to use one blade this would be it.

I’ve found Freud’s 80T blade the absolute best for plywood.

For heavy ripping any inexpensive 24T blade will work.

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#4 posted 12-06-2014 08:02 PM

I should have mentioned that most but not all of my cutting would be ripping cocobolo, ironwood, Wenge and the like.. that isn’t the only duty by any means but that is alot of it..
I do thank you for the replies…It kinda reinforced what I was thinking

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#5 posted 12-06-2014 08:16 PM

I won’t tell you which blade you should buy, or even the one I think you should get….that’s personal preference…There are a lot of good blades out there. I will say that I use the WW II, both thin and regular kerf…..”Nuff said…!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#6 posted 12-06-2014 08:24 PM

I tried Freud for a lot of years and then I tried a Forrest blade – no going back the Forrest is by far the best blade i have ever tried (i have actually purchased 3 different styles from this company)

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#7 posted 12-06-2014 09:13 PM

I use the Freud 50T combination blade for all my cuts and love it. I have tried others such as the 40 T forrest and yes it worked great but it cost me $120.00 were as the 50T combination from Freud cost me $40.00 at home depot. I find the Freud gives me a nice clean cut for glueing boards together. And yes I use it for both ripping and cross cut.

Good luck

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#8 posted 12-06-2014 09:49 PM

The better thin kerf blades can cut really well. If you choose the appropriate blade type for the task, a good TK blade should be fine. It helps if the wood is flat and straight.

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 09:58 PM

Since I have a great compound miter saw I use my old Delta Rockwell table saw mainly for ripping. I purchased a $50 Freud ‘ICE” rip blade. For the first time my saw doesn’t slow down or bind even when ripping 3” wide oak. The teeth on it are massive and even though it doesn’t give a glue line finish it’s pretty good. Been about a year with it now and a few hundred bdft of wood. It’s still sharp. 40 teeth I think. Found it on amazon.

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#10 posted 12-06-2014 11:01 PM

I like the Freud Glue Line rip blades in thin kerf.

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#11 posted 12-06-2014 11:45 PM

All my blades are Tenryu.
Only one is a TK and it’s wonderful.

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#12 posted 12-07-2014 12:32 AM

An option to save a couple bucks is to use a 7 1/4” blade on your table saw. They work fine unless you are cutting thicker stock and also reduce the likelihood of kickback. FWIW

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#13 posted 12-07-2014 12:39 AM

60 Diablo 2 years and still ding it’s designed job just fine

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#14 posted 12-07-2014 12:48 AM

Apparently you do not have a bandsaw? No matter how much you spend on a premium, thin-kerf blade for the table saw, it’ll still waste twice as much wood as a $10 bandsaw blade will.

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#15 posted 12-07-2014 04:08 AM

Apparently you do not have a bandsaw? No matter how much you spend on a premium, thin-kerf blade for the table saw, it ll still waste twice as much wood as a $10 bandsaw blade will.

- JAAune

I think after you account for the tooth offset and machining to make the cut surface smooth, the overall wood consumption would be a lot more than the just the width of the blade.

Re: 7-1/4” blades – Be sure the blade is compatible with your splitter/riving knife or the piece could bind mid-cut.

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