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post #1 of 8 Old 06-29-2020, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Cedar siding: What blade to use?

I'm about to reside my home with 3/4" x 8" beveled red cedar siding. I'll be using my 12" compound miter saw to make all cuts. Several years ago, we sided my son's home with the same material and had some minor issues getting a clean cut; the very last small "nibble" of the cut would tear or shred the siding. It wasn't enough to create serious problems, but going into this project I'd like to purchase the optimum blade up front. I don't do much of this type of work, so could sure use some advice in selecting the best blade for the job. Thanks in advance for any help that you can give me.
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I have the Forrest Chopmaster which doesn't leave even the hint of a splinter.
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Thanks!

My main concern is what TPI blade to use....
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My Chopmaster is an 80 tooth.
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I'd go with something in the 60TPI range...many different choices to pick from. Forrest makes quality blades but you can find others that cut very well for much less. My go-to is usually Freud...Amana if I have the time to wait for an online order.
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Aside from fine cut blade, A homemade zero clearance insert and a zero clearance backer board on the fence will also help.

Cut the boards with the face up and the bottom edge toward you.

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I'm assuming the thick edge of the siding is against the fence. Is your saw just a miter saw or a slide saw? Do you have to tilt the siding edge up away from the fence to get a full cut ? A slide saw probably will cut thru without any tearing.
Regular 12" miter saw may need to tilt the siding to complete the cut. The thin edge may tear but it is hidden with the overlap of the next board.
I do not recall any tearing with wood siding. Before large blade miter saws were popular I used a hand held circular saw and a speed type of square that was shop made, don't recall speed squares then, I'm old and a lot of tools that are used today were not in existence then. As far as a blade goes, 60+ teeth to 100 teeth will work fine on a 12" saw. I think my Dewalt has 100 teeth on a 12" blade. I have a Milwaukee slide saw and that blade I think is 60 teeth in a 10" blade.
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