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  • Blade Stabilizers

    are they really necessary? Is there any real improvement in cut quality?

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    Re: Blade Stabilizers

    Necessary, no....Improved cut quality, sometimes. With a full-kerf blade (rip, combination, etc) you may not see much difference. Using a thin-kerf blade, especially with thicker stock, is when it will be most noticed. I have them and use them, others say it's not worth bothering.

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      Re: Blade Stabilizers

      [quote....others say it's not worth bothering.[/quote]

      I agree with that. That being said, I only have one 10" thin kerf blade in my collection but have never experienced any problems using it without a stabilizer.
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      • #4
        Re: Blade Stabilizers

        The stabilizers are particularly beneficial to the person who sells it to you.

        I've never noticed an improvement from a stabilizer. With a decent blade, even a TK, there should be no need for one unless there's an existing problem with runout and/or vibration.

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          Re: Blade Stabilizers

          It's like a guy at Forrest said when I called to ask if I needed a stabilizer with my new WW II blade:

          Him: Do you have blade vibration?
          Me: No
          Him: Then why do you think you would need a stabilizer?
          Me: Uh, bye, thanks for your time.
          Poplar Branch Wood Crafts

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          • #6
            Re: Blade Stabilizers

            Many years ago I had bought a Craftsman radial arm saw along with stabilizers. I still have the stabilizers but I believe that the power tools and blades of today are far superior. If I put a new blade on and it vibrated, I would return it.
            Jim
            Jim

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            • #7
              Re: Blade Stabilizers

              They are not designed (nor claimed) to stop vibration of a free-spinning blade. If you have one that vibrates while it is not cutting, you have a different issue. It could be a bent arbor, bent blade, poorly balanced blade, etc. The stabilizers are supposed to help stiffen the plate of the blade and keep it from flexing during the cut.
              I was under the impression that Forrest recommended them except in cases where they would limit cutting depth.

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              • #8
                Re: Blade Stabilizers

                A blade stabilizer may help the cut on a cheap saw or with a poor blade. If you have the Ridgid 2400/ 3650 or equivalent, all it will do is limit your cut depth. IMHO, spend the money on a better blade and a ZCI. If the blade is getting out of true, the ZCI will show it readily.

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