It's very hard to find 8" blades anymore. If you use a 10" make sure you can
raise and lower it through the whole range without hitting anything inside
or the insert. Rotate it by hand with the power disconnected in the full up
and down positions. Use a 10" blade if it works. They build up less heat and
Any table saw is designed to accommodate a particular -maximum- diameter of
Assuming that the hole in the center of the blade is big enough to fit
the mounting in the saw, one can use a smaller diameter blade.
For any kind of rotating cutting tool (saw blades, drill bits, router bits,
shaper cutters, etc., etc., ad nauseum :) there is an optimum 'rim speed'
for the type of material being cut.
Using a 'smaller than designed for' blade results in a "less than optimum"
Sometimes there are advantages to using a smaller blade that outweigh
the reduction in rim speed. e.g. using an 'undersized' dado set (a) makes
it much more difficult to 'overload' the saw, and (b) one *rarely* (at most)
has need to cut "deep" dados -- thus the smaller (read "MUCH less expensive")
set is justified.
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