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    I'm looking to build a new workbench and would like to make the top out of maple. The question is - is the 3650 up to the task of ripping 8/4 hardwood like that? And if not what is the reasonable limit on ripping hardwoods like maple, meaning no burn marks, etc. I can work with less than 8/4 but would like it thicker than 4/4. Thanks in advance for any advice.


  • #2
    If properly aligned, the saw will do the job but will your blade? What blade are you using?
    Teach your kids about 30 percent of their ice cream.


    • #3
      I agree that the blade is critical and will get the right one for the job (any advice??). I have the original Ridgid blade on the saw which seems like a good all around blade. I assume a thin kerf ripping blade is what you'd propose? This question, by the way, was triggered by something I read this weekend that contractor saws aren't really up to the task of ripping thick hardwood planks. Thanks.


      • #4

        According to the knowledgeable folks at Freud Tools, the blades they recommend you use are;

        Freud LU87R010 or TKR206

        Freud LU88R010 or TK406

        I don't personally think that the stock Ridgid blade is a very good blade but thats just me. I will however say that if you switch to the Freud LU Series of blades you will definately notice a big difference between them and the stock blade. I've never used the TK Series so I really can't speak as to their level of cut or quality.
        Teach your kids about 30 percent of their ice cream.


        • #5
          You'll definitely want a ripping blade for that. It'll help your saw alot, and will come in handy often to save your better blades. My Freud LM72 is a bear.

          [ 01-25-2005, 06:04 AM: Message edited by: hewood ]


          • #6
            Thanks guys. This is very helpful. I'll look into the Freud blades and give it a whirl.