I am not happy with the blade that came with my DeWalt miter saw.
I leaves tear out on the back of the cut.
Can anyone recommend a replacement?
I need a 12" blade. I looked at the Forrest Chopmaster but it is $134.
Is there a very good alternative or should I just suck it up and buy the
I have a Woodworker II for my table saw and swear by it.
Rob. It may seem odd, given the usual sub-standard quality of stock blades,
but I've been extremely pleased with the blade that came with my Bosch 12"
slider. When I need a replacement, I'm just going to track down another one.
BTW, I'm surprised you're not happy with your stock DW blade - I've often
heard good things about them.
The DeWalt blade cuts very well EXCEPT there is substantial tear out on the
back of the cut. The rest of the cut is as smooth as glass.
I am very happy with the DeWalt 12" double bevel miter saw just not the
If that is the only problem with the blade, put a sacrificial 1/4" piece of
plywood on the front of your fence, carpet tape if you can. This will
provide a zero clearance on the back of the cut. To prevent tear out on the
bottom, make a zero clearance insert for the miter table.
I recently got a new DeWalt 12" SCMS to replace a stolen one. I was
surprised how well the blade cut. When it is sharp, there is little tear
out and the cut is smooth. However, I have a new Forrest Chopmaster that
goes on as soon as I start my next set of cabinets. The Chopmaster I had on
my previous saw left a nearly glass smooth cut on oak and almost no tearout.
But even the Chopmaster will start having tearout as it gets dull or there
is build-up on the blade.
For my purposes, I want the Chopmaster.
I have the DeWalt dual-bevel 12" compound miter saw, too (non-slider) and I
find the stock blade to cut just fantastic. The tearout I've had is
extremely small, and mainly only occurs on softwoods. The cherry, oak, and
maple I've used it with have had no tearout issues at all. I do have an
80-tooth Freud blade that I kept from my 10" miter saw, and that does give
noticeably better results, but I have only bothered to change the blade a
couple of times for that.
I have a 708 which came with a pretty good blade. My buddy has a none slider
and it came with a contruction type blade. My recommondations are;
http://www.ridgecarbidetool.com/index.htm , but I don't see their 80T chopsaw
blade on their site. Give them a call.
All of them are going to cost some $$$, but you know how much value you got
out of your Forrest WWII, so I'd suck it up and get a good blade for your
chopsaw too. Save your current blades for cutting 2x4s and such.
I have the Dewalt 12" Dual Bevel. When I first began using it, the
cuts were smooth as glass. Now I'm having the same problem as you.
Figuring it was the blade, I bought a new one and had the same
problems right off the bat with the new blade.
I determined that my comfort level with the saw was the culprit. When
I first started using it, I was much slower and more deliberate with
my cuts while I was getting a feel for the tool. Now I have a tedency
to pull the trigger and cut away.
Try waiting for the saw to come fully up to speed and slow down your
cut. You might find that to be the problem.
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