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Thread: Need a recommendation- rip blade

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    We now divide our time between southwest Florida and southwest Vermont.

    Need a recommendation- rip blade

    I normally use a thin kerf 40 tooth Forrest WW II on my saw, and I am quite happy with the results generally. I bought a BORG .125 kerf Tenryu combination blade last year to cut spline slots for miter joints on small boxes, and found that it doesn't leave a flat bottom in the slot (I've learned how to use small flat file as a result).

    I'd like to be able to cut deeper slots (along edges and in in end grain) on the saw, and I have heard that a decent .125 kerf rip blade is a good choice for this. Is this a good idea, and if so, are there some decent (<$75) blades that you'd suggest? I suppose I'd also use it to for rip cuts on either end of the slot cutting process, but as I mentioned I don't feel a need for a high-end rip blade as a general matter.

    Thanks, Tony
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Frued makes a good 40 tooth rip that has a flat cut..
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    Frued makes a good 40 tooth rip that has a flat cut..
    I have two - both Freud - a 24 tooth, and a 30 tooth "Glue-line' blade. Both yield flat-bottomed kerfs. The 30 tooth, as expected, cuts a little cleaner.
    Jim D.

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