TS blade teeth


When I bought my TS and sliding compound mitre saw they both came with 10" blades that were 40 and 32 teeth respectively. I used them but finally realized that I wanted something finer for the type of stuff I do (small furniture) with soft wood. So I replaced them both with 80T blades and I already think I'm going to be much happier. But it begs the question: why do makers supply such "hatchet job" blades to begin with? They must be cheaper, of course. The bigger question however is whether there is any short or long term reason NOT to use 60T or 80T blades for everything I do. Even if I were only cutting rough sawn 4X4s all the time, why not use a fine-tooth blade?
FoggyTown
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Maybe if you were only crosscutting all the time, the 60-80 toothed blades would be allright, but I do a little ripping on my tablesaw. Get a much better quality rip with fewer teeth. What type of tooth pattern do your new blades have? Tom
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foggytown wrote:

They don't all supply lousy blades. My Unisaw came with a blade that does a credible job (except for melamine, of course). My new Makita slider came with the best blade of any product I've ever purchased. It leaves cuts that look like they were planed smooth.
Dave
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In an emergency, I had to remove the blade from my Makita MS and use it in a table saw to rip some softwood. It did the job brilliantly, no planing was neccesary before gluing. I've cancelled the order for the TS blade and I'm looking for a Makita blade to dedicate to the TS.
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If you do any ripping you won't want that many teeth, you most likely have combination blades. If I am cutting 2 x 4 or 4 x4 or any rough lumber I wouldn't want to trash a $$$ blade.

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All 40 tooth blades are not created equally. A mid quality blade will cost about $50, the best quality about $100. Do you think most saw manufacturers are going to include one of those or the cheapest blade they can get? You'll be amazed at the difference it makes, both in quality of cut and noise level.
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