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I need to replace the stock blade on my Ridgid TS2400 Table Saw. I will the using the blade for both crosscutting and ripping hard and softwood and plywood. I would appreciate any recomendations. Thanks for your input -
There is no blades out there that will do an exceptional job of performing all three of the tasks you mentioned. However, a top quality 40T general purpose blade or a like quality 50T combination blade will do all three with good results. The thin kerf Woodworker II like Pez recommended would be a good choice as would the Ridge Carbide TK blade or the Freud LU86R010 and LU83R010.
~~Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.
If you don't cut much that's thicker than 1-1/2", one of my favorites is the 60T Freud LU88R010...on sale from Amazon for ~ $40 shipped with code FREUDIO8 at checkout. It leaves a very clean cut and rips well to ~ 1-1/2" due to it's 15 degree positive hook angle. It'll do better in crosscuts and plywood than most 40 or 50T. You can always add a ripper down the road if you cut a lot of thick material.
If you do cut a lot of thick hardwoods and don't mind spending the money, the Forrest WWII 30 tooth combo blade has a pretty amazaing range. It cuts about as cleanly as the 40T WWII, crosscuts reasonably well, and rips nearly as aggressively as a 24T ripper but with a much cleaner cut.