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post #1 of 23 Old 05-22-2017, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question First Table Saw Blade

I just found out that my new table saw doesn't come with a blade. No problem... I'll just buy one. Well, there are just too many options... thin/regular kerf, carbide vs HSS, Freud vs. Forrest vs. Whoever, combination vs. cross-cut blade. The only constant that I know of is that my TS is 3 HP so I shouldn't need a thin kerf blade. I do not have any specific plans for anything I want to build just yet... with the possible exception of an outfeed table and miter saw station.

I do know that I want really clean cuts so I want a blade with more teeth. But what number is sufficient for clean cuts? 40? 60? 80?

I'm leaning toward this blade but I honestly have no idea what blade to buy.
https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Tooth-C...words=LU88R010

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The best way is to buy two, one for clean ripping, and one for crosscut. A very good compromise is to buy a good combination blade. Freud (not Diablo) is very good for the money.
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I would say combo also, unless you have a crosscut saw then I would go with about 27 or so teeth for a ripsaw
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The LU88 that you linked to is a 60T thin kerf blade....it's a good blade, but there's little incentive for you to use thin kerf since you have so much power. Some light reading that might help - Tips for Picking Saw Blades

What to get depends on what you cut most and your work habits. Separate task specific blades will give best results for their respective types of cuts. A 60T to 80T tooth crosscut blade will give very low tearout in fine crosscuts and plywood cuts, but creates too much heat for thick rip cuts....so to compliment your fine crosscut blade you'll probably want a good heavy duty 24T rip blade for fast efficient rip cuts in thick materials with no burning.
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I think I'm probably overthinking this topic. I went ahead and ordered the 60 Freud. If I find a reason to buy another blade then I will. Until then... I'll just try to learn with this one. I'm not doing anything with big wood or high volume. Everything will be slow and meticulous so I'm not in any hurry or need to rip a ton of lumber quickly.

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Freud (not Diablo) is very good for the money.
Doesn't Freud make Diablo blades?

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Doesn't Freud make Diablo blades?
Yes, but an analogy is this: Lexus and Toyota are the same company. Lexus is a luxury brand whereas the regular Toyota brand (for the most part) is not. Same with Freud / Diablo.

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Honda:Acura, Chevy:GMC:Cadilac...I doubt my woodworking skills could tell the difference between a Freud:Diablo.

Of course, I'm a Jeep guy, so function > form. hehe
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Diablo's are excellent bang for the buck, IMHO.
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If you don't plan on cutting anything over 3", i would look at Tenryu,Infinity, and Forrest , 10"x40 tooth general purpose blades, not necessarily in that order, all excellent blades in the same price range give or take a few dollars, hard to go wrong with any of them.


Forgot to say go with a full kerf .125 blade
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Read through the link about saw blades. You may find that the thin kerf blade doesn't mate well with the riving knife thickness of the Jet cabinet saw....if the knife is wider than the kerf width of the blade, the work piece will bind up. The full kerf version of that blade is the LU73M010.

To get started, this Delta Industrial 35-7657 40T ATB full kerf US made blade is a heck of a deal at the closeout price of $22 plus s/h.....it'll come very close to the best of the $100 general purpose blade, and is a great starting point until you figure out what you really need.
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You will be very pleased with a 40 tooth carbide combination blade.
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If you don't plan on cutting anything over 3", i would look at Tenryu,Infinity, and Forrest , 10"x40 tooth general purpose blades, not necessarily in that order, all excellent blades in the same price range give or take a few dollars, hard to go wrong with any of them.


Forgot to say go with a full kerf .125 blade
Do you have a preferred website for blades?

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I ended up cancelling that order for the Freud... it was a thin kerf blade and wouldn't work well with my riving knife as @notskot pointed out. I ended up ordering a Tenryu GM-25540 Gold Metal 40T general purpose blade instead. I'm sure it will be great.

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I ended up cancelling that order for the Freud... it was a thin kerf blade and wouldn't work well with my riving knife as @notskot pointed out. I ended up ordering a Tenryu GM-25540 Gold Metal 40T general purpose blade instead. I'm sure it will be great.
I'm sure you will like that blade, and no i don't have a preferred site, whoever has the best price at the time.
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I ended up cancelling that order for the Freud... it was a thin kerf blade and wouldn't work well with my riving knife as @notskot pointed out. I ended up ordering a Tenryu GM-25540 Gold Metal 40T general purpose blade instead. I'm sure it will be great.
The Gold Medal is one of the better 40T general purpose blades, but I don't think that one's quite standard full kerf either....the last I knew it was more like a mid-kerf at 0.111" vs 0.094" for a thin kerf, and 0.125" for a standard full kerf. Unfortunately, there's really no true standard. It might work fine, but is worth checking into if you didn't already.
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Just for the record, I have a 3 HP Unisaw and use the Delta 40 tooth that notscot mentioned. I've used it for at least a couple years and have been quite happy with it. Unless I have a special need (Like ripping thick stuff or cutting plywood) it's what stays on the saw.
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The Gold Medal is one of the better 40T general purpose blades, but I don't think that one's quite standard full kerf either....the last I knew it was more like a mid-kerf at 0.111" vs 0.094" for a thin kerf, and 0.125" for a standard full kerf. Unfortunately, there's really no true standard. It might work fine, but is worth checking into if you didn't already.
Ugh! I don't know why I didn't think to check the kerf. It said "full kerf" so I didn't pay attention to the 0.111 not 0.125. I've tried to cancel that order too. Maybe sometime this year I'll get a blade in the table!

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Oh, by the way, I can just order a thin kerf riving knife. JET makes one and it's listed in the owner's manual.

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I'm not changing this order... ordered a Ridge Carbide TS2000 super blade.

http://ridgecarbidetool.com/10-ts2000-super-blade.html

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