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    New owner of TS3660. I have ordered the Freud SD206 dado but am need of a little education. How do you determine which blade is correct for cutting a specific material? It is a bit confusing with 10, 24, 40, 50 Teeth and then there is thin Kerf and finally combination blades.


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    Re: saw blade education

    Here's a little reading for you to get you started.
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      Re: saw blade education

      Blades play a key role in the end performance of the saw. The quality of the blade and the correct selection are important...stick with high quality if you want to get the most from your saw.

      There are a lot of variables that contribute to the overall performance, but in general if all else is equal a lower tooth count blade will cut faster and rougher than a higher tooth count blade, while the higher tooth count will cut cleaner but put more strain on the saw and is more prone to burning the wood. So you can see that some degree of balance or compromise is involved. For best results use a low tooth count for ripping thick hardwoods, high tooth count for fine crosscuts...a good 40T-50T general purpose blade will do a good job of most tasks, but won't excel in either of the extreme ranges. Which to choose is really a matter of preference.

      Kerf width also plays a role in strain on the saw and feed rate....if all else is equal, a thinner kerf blade will cut with less effort.

      Here's a good read from Rockler....Saw Blades 101.