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post #1 of 4 Old 04-16-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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what is the best blade to use in my table saw to cut maleime mp? wood? thank you
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2011, 12:50 AM
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what is the best blade to use in my table saw to cut Melamine mp? wood? thank you
First, welcome to the forum.

I'm assuming that you are talking about Melamine laminated to a particle board or MDF substrate.

Probably the best blade would be a TCG.


There are some alternatives.

A new, very sharp ATB blade with the Melamine side up can give acceptable results. The higher the angle of the bevel the better. I've had good luck with an ATB blade.

If time is not of the essence, then a double cut with an ATB or Combination blade can give excellent results. Just put the melamine face down and raise the blade to a 1/32" to 1/16" cutting height. Make a scoring cut. Then flip the melamine sheet with the melamine up and make the full through cut.

Beware that the edges of the melamine after the cut are VERY SHARP.

Use the right tool for the job.

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Hi quality precision Hi-ATB blades are known to be the cleanest cutting with the least amount of tearout in plywood, crosscuts in splintery hardwoods, melamine, and veneers, etc., but are also known to have the shortest edge life due to those sharp pointy tips that are more prone to abrasion than the chamfered corners of a triple chip grind. The same features that make the Hi-ATB blades cut so cleanly are also their weakness….they’re great for the volumes that most hobbyists use but not a good choice for higher commercial volumes. (examples: CMT 210.080.10, Infinity 010-080, 010-060, Freud LU80, LU79TK, Forrest Duraline)

A triple chip blade (TCG) can also do do a nice job with brittle materials like melamine, plastic, laminate flooring, prefinished flooring, teak, veneered plywoods, metals, and is also a very durable grind, so is an excellent choice for high volumes of those materials or for anything abrasive that tends to degrade edge life. (examples: Infinity 010-380, Freud LU97, LU98, LU82, CMT 225.080.10)

Which is best is really a matter of your needs and volumes.

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triple chip ....hands down best
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