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Bub 04-12-2016 01:03 AM

Series of newbie questions 01 - saw blade for 5 1/2 saw
 
Good day, gents.
I am truly sorry in advance for all newbie and possible stupid questions I may and will ask you :wink2:
As a person who is DIY'r most of his life and now trying to do few first steps in woodworking in a very limited space and pretty limited finances I am trying to make portable/mobile workshop to serve my current needs. And - with your permision - will bother you with lots of questions. So once again sorry in advance...

First question in a list 'bout lade for 5 1/2 circular saw.
To prevent reasonable questions "why 5 1/2" I do have standard 7 1/4 Dewalt 575SB but right now I need to use 5 1/2 to make a cut rig.

So I am looking for a blade to cut ply, mostly 3/4, fine cuts for cabinetry. 60 tooth or more, not a steel 100 tooth cos they getting dull really fast.
Any recommendations?
Thanks in advance.

woodnthings 04-12-2016 02:21 AM

That's a circular saw type blade
 
There are not any carbide 60 tooth blades I could find that diameter, only a few 36 tooth lades:
http://www.ebay.com/bhp/5-1-2-saw-bl...p2045573.m2388

http://www.tools-plus.com/supplies-p...saw-5-3-8.html

There are some HHS with more than 60 teeth, but you didn't want those. You did not specify the arbor size... 1/2" or 10 mm or 5/8"?

http://www.sears.com/tenryu-sl-14042...SPM10473025225

You may want to just buy several of these and pitch them out when dull, they're only $6.00 each:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASTERCRAFT-...-/311537368109

Bub 04-12-2016 03:07 AM

Sorry, my bad. Arbor is 10mm.
36 tooth won't be enough for fine cuts, I guess...
And how good that Mastercraft 80 tooth?
Found some on Amazon
http://smile.amazon.com/Vermont-Amer...inch+saw+blade
http://smile.amazon.com/Oldham-550P-...2F2+inch+blade

Any ideas on how good/bad they can be?
Thanks!

UnisawGuy 04-12-2016 06:58 AM

Can you post a photo or a drawing of the cut rig you need to make? With that someone here will be able to help you.

"I need to use 5 1/2 to make a cut rig"

subroc 04-12-2016 07:44 AM

Why 5 1/2 inch? Is the saw 5 1/2 inch? Like a Dewalt 936?

Toolman50 04-12-2016 11:20 AM

A 36 tooth blade for a 7 1/2" is pretty close to the equivalent of a 60 tooth blade on a 10".
A 36 tooth 7 1/2" plywood blade for a hand held circular saw will perform well if you score the cut first and use tape.

Bub 04-12-2016 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UnisawGuy (Post 1341377)
Can you post a photo or a drawing of the cut rig you need to make? With that someone here will be able to help you.

Well at this moment I don't need help with design of a rig, but sure do need to find a right blade :)
But it will be modified guide, and I need to find a right blade to be able to do fine ply cuts.
As soon as I find it I'll be able to do zero clearance cut and ready to go.

Bub 04-12-2016 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by subroc (Post 1341385)
Why 5 1/2 inch? Is the saw 5 1/2 inch? Like a Dewalt 936?

Yep. 5-1/2" c -saw.

Bub 04-12-2016 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toolman50 (Post 1341561)
A 36 tooth 7 1/2" plywood blade for a hand held circular saw will perform well if you score the cut first and use tape.

It's a 5 1/2" saw, so I need that size of the blade, that's the point. Have no problem to find 7 1/2 blade for other saw, but it seems market for 5 1/2 is very limited for fine cuts...

So whats your recommendations?
Should I get 36 tooth carbide if any on the market or use this blades and just throw them away after few dozens of cuts?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Avanti-5-...100X/202021700

subroc 04-12-2016 01:21 PM

At the end of the day, who knows what another should do. If I couldn’t find the exact blade I wanted for that saw, I would sell it and buy a 6 ˝” saw or use it for something else and buy the 6 ˝ anyway. That would put me into a far better blade selection. I love battery powered tools, but I don’t fall in love with any particular one. If it doesn’t suit my needs, I sell it and get one that will. Is blade selection a good reason to move on? That is a decision for you to make. I expect your “c –saw” means craftsman saw? I don’t know that much about that particular line to know what batteries power what and what saws are in your particular battery line. These things aren’t that costly. Your saw could net you something on Craigslist. It looks like you could get $25+ on eBay and get a 6 ˝ for $45 if it’s a “C3”. Maybe that is a worthwhile effort.

As far as what blade would be best, especially for a smaller saw blade, I couldn’t make a guess. It looks like many of us are guessing anyway. I would do a search on Amazon and make a choice. With limited availability for 5 ˝ inch saws, that Oshlun looks good. Someone in the review section asked “wouldn’t a 36 tooth on a 5 ˝ inch saw be the same as a 60 tooth on a 10 inch”?

jdonhowe 04-12-2016 01:41 PM

I have a Freud D0536X 36 tooth blade on my 5-1/2" saw, and am very pleased with the cut smoothness. Remember that 36 teeth on a 5-1/2" blade is equivalent to 65 teeth on a 10" blade; most would say that many teeth is more than sufficient for smooth cuts.

The only downside I have with the Freud is that it's 5-3/8", rather than 5-1/2", which means when cutting 2x stock with my saw, it leaves a paper thin remnant at the cut bottom- should be no problem cutting plywood, though. For only $15 on Amazon, I thinks it's worth a try.

Bub 04-12-2016 01:53 PM

Thanks subroc.
"C-saw" means circular saw. As I'd mentioned in first post, it's going to be newbie questions and newbie "names". Sorry again for it.
My saw is Ryobi, brand most of serious woodworkers wouldn't count as they choice of tools. But again, as it was mention before, I am DIY's guy with very limited space for anything serious, trying to build mobile so-called "workshop" and be able to store in in closet. And money at this moment is a factor too.
So I'll stick with Ryobi tools, tho I got some Dewalt tools like drivers, sanders etc including circular saw normal 7 1/2" size.

But here is a deal. For now, I will not and can not build a normal size workbench around big saw and was planning too use Ryobi 5 1/2" as a main saw for some light cabinetry work like building craft cart for my kid, mobile base for myself etc.
So if I'll stay with 5 1/2" saw would 36 tooth blade be accurate enough for such a kind of work?
Would 5 3/8 blade work on 5 1/2" saw?
Found this D0536X Diablo blade on Amazon, very similar to Oshlun you're mention.
Will it work?
Thanks in advance.

Bub 04-12-2016 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdonhowe (Post 1341785)
I have a Freud D0536X 36 tooth blade on my 5-1/2" saw, and am very pleased with the cut smoothness. Remember that 36 teeth on a 5-1/2" blade is equivalent to 65 teeth on a 10" blade; most would say that many teeth is more than sufficient for smooth cuts..

Thanks, jdonhowe! You just answered half of my questions :O)

subroc 04-12-2016 02:15 PM

You should read the questions on that page. Many of those reviewers actually own that blade.

Bub 04-12-2016 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by subroc (Post 1341889)
You should read the questions on that page. Many of those reviewers actually own that blade.

That's what I do most of the time.
But sometimes you'll want to have second opinion, especially from a people who do know what they r talking 'bout.

Toolman50 04-12-2016 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bub (Post 1341593)
It's a 5 1/2" saw, so I need that size of the blade, that's the point. Have no problem to find 7 1/2 blade for other saw, but it seems market for 5 1/2 is very limited for fine cuts...

So whats your recommendations?
Should I get 36 tooth carbide if any on the market or use this blades and just throw them away after few dozens of cuts?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Avanti-5-...100X/202021700

The little 5 1/2" saws are made to be used as trim saws. They are good for cutting paneling, plywoods, trim, etc. I think most come with a pretty fine blade, but I'm not positive on that. A plywood blade for a 5 1/2" saw may not be carbide, but don't let that stop you. It can still be a good quality blade that gives you good service if not abused.


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