Which miter saw blade?


Old 11-08-05, 01:18 PM
Rick P
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Which miter saw blade?

I'm going to install some moulding around the house and I need to know which saw blade to buy. I'm not sure if the moulding will be MDF or primed Pine.

I have a 24 tooth blade now and it cuts pretty smooth if I go slow. I really don't want a dedicated blade for trim/moulding as I won't be doing much of it. Will a 40 tooth blade suffice? or do I need to get a 60 or 80 tooth blade?
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Old 11-08-05, 03:55 PM
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Generally, the more teeth there are the finer the cut. But it also depends of the set of the teeth, so you will want to look for a blade that says "fine crosscuts" or something to that effect on it, which will help you purchase a half-way decent blade for finish work. (You don't want a carbide blade that's meant for ripping.)

Avoid the thin carbide blades that Dewalt sells- they have a tendency to vibrate too much. A thicker blade will be often more stable than a thin blade, especially if it has built in features for stabilization.

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