Very good tablesaw blade...suggestions???

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Old 08-07-06, 07:29 AM
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Talking Very good tablesaw blade...suggestions???

I recently acquired a Delta 34-444 tablesaw with extension table attached and I'm loving it! However, the blade isn't very good. It's more of the general purpose type. No clean cuts outta this puppy! It also takes forever to rip a piece of stock through this thing. The saw seems fine, belt checks out ok and the motor hums. So I'm blaming it on the blade (of course not the operator ) So any suggestions on good blades would be well appreciated.

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Joseph
 
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Old 08-07-06, 10:18 AM
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The Forrest Woodworker I & II blades are nice, but you need to have various blades depending on what you are doing. You don't use your finish blades for general purpose cutting! Also keep in mind that thin kerf blades will produce less drag on the saw... however they tend to vibrate more. Vibration is often what gives you a rough cut. Blades will vibrate if you are pushing too fast as well.

I also highly recommend the Magnum & Everlast blades that are available online. Freud makes a lot of good blades too.
 
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Old 08-07-06, 12:59 PM
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I second all the suggestions of XSleeper. Match your blade to the work you will be doing. There is no such thing as a "general" blade when you are trying to do fine work or rip work. Check into the thin kerf blades, also, if your work requires really clean cuts.
Now that you have the saw, go shopping.....dado blades, tenoning jig, zero clearance fiber throat plates. Congratulations on your acquisition. My old Craftsman is jealous.
 
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Thanks for the info Xsleeper/Chandler! I've already started my accessory shopping...jigs, dados, etc. Sorry to make your Craftsman jealous. A deal I couldn't pass up! $250 bucks the guy wanted it out of his basement. He had a 3phase right/left tilt unisaw (pardon while I wipe the drewl from my mouth). I was jealous!

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One other suggestion. Buy two sets of blades. Buy one set of the best quality you can afford and buy a cheaper set of lesser quality. I would stay away from department store blades.

Use the "good" set where the cut really matters and you're sure there isn't any left over fasteners in the wood. Use the inexpensive blades for rough cutting the salvaged stuff..
 
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