Blades for Ripping 8/4 Maple with Skil Model 77 Wormdrive
I have acquired some slabs of rough sawn maple, 2" thick that I want to cut down, primarily ripping so I can work with it further. I think my best option is to rip it in successively deeper cuts with my Skil Model 77 wormdrive circular saw. To do this, I intend to get a couple new blades. The blade on it is the original and at the very least is in need of sharpening. My table saw is a jobsite model and while not really up to this task, managing these slabs that way is not feasible - 24"x120". The only power hand tools, other than the Skil, I have that are even close are a DeWalt 60V chainsaw and a Dewalt sawsall.
What are the best blades for this work? I use Forrest WWII on my talbe saw and love them, but it seems they do not sell this size/type of blade, at least I couldn't find them on their website. I've read some recommendations for using thin kerf blades with references to Freud/Diablo and some others.
I would use a good straight edge to guide the Skil saw and would try taking 1" deep cuts to see if it can be done in two passes.
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