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  • Which Blade for 3650 ?

    I'd be curious to see what blade you would suggest to replace the one that came on my 3650.

    Oddly enough, when I rip a 1x with it, I end up with lots of "swirl" gouges in the material. I thought the blade or fence was out of square, so I rechecked them both and they are square, at least square by my combination square. I did not get out an electron microscope, and don't own calipers...yet. Anyway, I called Ridgid and they said the blade could be bad and are sending me another one. Maybe I am missing something, but I aligned it exactly like the book says and it is dead on...Again, with a combination square. I think even with that I should be able to rip with a smooth edge, so I am thinking maybe the blade was bad.

    Your opinions??

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    Read my answer to this one. It applies in your case also........


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    • #3
      The stock blade is "wafer thin", and is probably deflecting a fair amount under load. That blade is more functional as a promotional tool than it is for cutting. Notice how it moves about 1/4" from side to side if you wiggle it. You'll want to get a decent quality blade even if they do send you a replacement for the stock blade.

      I'd expect to pay $40-$100 bucks for a precision blade. Forrest, CMT, Amana, upper end Freud, Systemic, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu, etc.

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      • #4
        Agree with all of the above. The blade that comes with it is not necessarily a cheap blade althought it may be. BUT, I'm pretty sure it's a thin kerf blade. And those can have deflection - especially w/o a blade stabilizer.

        I would invest in a dial guage if I were you. I used the same method you are using with the combination square and my measurements were off by about 1/100th of an inch. Doesn't sound like much but would cause saw to double cut wood.

        Jake

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