I would like to get a good rip blade for my table saw but I'm not
sure what to look for. I know what makes a good crosscut blade
but I don't know the details of how rip blades work with wood
Can someone more versed in the wood lore than I give me some
pointers? How many teeth? Hook? Kerf? etc.
Thanks in advance,
Many things factor in and it is not always the same thing that makes a blade
a good rip blade.
I have a 30 tooth glue line rip blade. My Forrest WWII 40 tooth blade
regular kerf blade does a superior job of ripping over the rip blade. I use
it all the time unless I am cutting questionable material.
Hate to be thought a shill for Forrest but I love the WWII and as time
goes on, I remove it only to install the dado or molding head. (Haven't
put on the rip blade in a long time.) I have a RAS and I'm trying to
figure out whether to get the WWI which mentions the RAS in it's promo
or another WWII. Anybody have opinions on this
I have the WWII, but when I have some heavy ripping to do, I pit a very nice
Amana blade that cost $50 on the saw. It requires much less horsepower. If
it's just an occasional rip cut being made< I leave the Forrest on.
It is a 20 tooth industrial quality blade. The model number is RB1020.
I've got the same two blades. While I love my Forrest WWII for most
cuts, when it comes time to rip thicker material (2"+), the Amana is the
one I choose. The feed rate is much faster and the feed pressure is
about half that of the WWII.
I use a Forrest Woodworker II blade, which is a 40 tooth combination
blade. It does a great job of ripping and crosscutting, and may be
the only blade you'll need for most hardwoods. Likely others here
will echo this comment, since it's a popular blade on this NG.
For a rip-specific blade, I've heard good things about Freud's 10" x
30 rip blade but have never tried one.
Depends. On what "good" means to you- likely in terms of speed and
surface-finish, in how much of what wood. IMHO, the fewer teeth, the
better. I've a Freud 10" 24t thin-kerf that breezes through 3" of
fir/spruce with ready-to-glue face. Really aggressive tooth angles,
Be prepared to spend a few bucks for a primo rip-blade, likely $40 or
Well, there's lots of good information but one question: do you want lots of
teeth or few teeth for ripping? Most people use either a 24 tooth or 40
blade. I'm looking for a good smooth finish where little sanding or planing
You are looking more for the quality of the blade than the particular tooth
A good 40 tooth general blade may cut better than a ho hum 24 tooth blade
rip blade. A good 24 tooth rip blade may cut better than a ho hum 40 tooth
That said, comparing strictly rip blades to rip blades, 24 teeth for ripping
typical stock will work fine. If ripping thicker stock, 2" and thicker a
blade with fewer teeth may do a better job.
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