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  • Ridgid blades?

    I just purchased a ts2410ls from HD and I have a question about blades. I have used cheap blades in my old Delta Unisaw, but it recently kicked the bucket and so I decided to get something more portable. I love this saw!!!
    However I have been hearing a lot talk about Forrest woodworker II blades and Frued blades
    I was at HD again and all they sell is Freud Diablo Blades and Ridgid blades with t3 coating. I am no expert, but those Ridgid blades look like they are top quality. My local HD has a sale on the 10" 50T combo blade rigth now and I was wondering if anybody out there has any recomendations? I am not looking to spend as much as a Forrest WWII and I know that the Diablo are more contractor type blades. I am basically wanting a good rip/crosscut blade for hard/soft woods and the occasional plywood or mdf.

    Should I go witht he Diablo or the Ridgid?
    I am also looking for a new 6.5" 24T blade for my Milwaukee 18V cordless circular saw to cut 2x8's-same question-Diablo or Ridgid?

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    Re: Ridgid blades?

    I don't know how much the other blades cost but right now the WW2 is $78.00 on Amazon. I was using cheap blades before I bought my TS3650 and what a difference this blade makes. It's a combo blade I've cross cut, ripped, plywood and mdf with very good results. Good luck. Pat

    P.S. Free shipping also....by the way welcome to the forum...
    Last edited by PMR413; 04-13-2009, 04:10 PM. Reason: P.S.

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    • #3
      Re: Ridgid blades?

      I can pick up the Ridgid blade for $23 or the Diablo for $30-both are on sale locally.
      I asked a HD employee and he said that they sell alot of both blades-it just depends on what is on sale at the time. While I would love to have a WWII blade-I could pick up three Ridgid's for that price and have them this evening. I know that you get what you pay for, but the Ridgid and Diablo are far from what I would consider cheap!
      It is not like they are an Old Home or Craftsman.
      I more or less just want to know what the experts out there would choose if they were to choose between these 2 blades?

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      • #4
        Re: Ridgid blades?

        I have the Ridgid blades on both my TS2650 and the TS2400. In my experience they are good quality blade. Much better than the other blades that I ran on other table saws. Since I have never used the WW2 blades I can't compare but I like them better than the Diablo blades.

        Kevin

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        • #5
          Re: Ridgid blades?

          What specifically do you like about the Ridgid blade over the Diablo?
          Kerf?
          Noise?
          Longevity?
          Quality of cut?
          All of the above?

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          • #6
            Re: Ridgid blades?

            I've had very good luck with Diablo blades myself. I have a TS2400 and a 3660

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            • #7
              Re: Ridgid blades?

              Sorry to hear of your loss. Going from a Unisaw to a portable must take some getting used to. The Ridgid blades are made by Freud. The suggestion is to use a thiner kerf on the portables due to the limited HP. I would far rather have an 80 tooth Ridgid than a 40 tooth WW2 any day. IMHO WW2 are great but over priced.

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              • #8
                Re: Ridgid blades?

                I use full kerf blades.

                I've had some wobble in thin kerf blades. Maybe it wasn't a good blade, but I have just had better luck with full kerf blades. Even on my portable saw.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ridgid blades?

                  I think the Ridgid blade cuts smoother. It seems to have less vibration while cutting resulting in a straighter cut. As far as longevity, I haven't noticed much difference.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ridgid blades?

                    How does a unisaw kick the bucket?
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                    • #11
                      Re: Ridgid blades?

                      [quote=jeep_man;223341] but the Ridgid and Diablo are far from what I would consider cheap!
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                      Sorry I was not clear in my statement. I wasn't calling these two blades cheap. My previous saw was a bench top Craftsman that did have cheap blades. I struggled trying to get good cuts for a couple of years, when I decided to upgraded my saw I decided to spend a little extra money and get a blade that came highly recommended from several forums and magazine reviewers. I was only posting my experiences and was not trying to offend nor down talk the products your are looking at. Good luck and I wish you the best in your purchase. Pat

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ridgid blades?

                        The Ridgid T3 blades are made by Freud, and are made to similar standards as their Avanti and Diablo lines. The Freud Industrial line has larger carbide and a wider selection, but are otherwise made from the same materials on the same machines. I believe there's been a fairly recent price drop on the T3 line? The T3's used to be priced a bit high, which made all three of Freud lines a bit more attractive on sale IMO, but if the price is right, there's no reason the T3 shouldn't make for a pretty good performer at a good price.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Ridgid blades?

                          So I picked up a Ridgid blade last night. I have never used a WWII, but this ridgid blade is hands down the best blade that I have used so far. Thank you for all of your responses! Sometimes it just helps to hear from other woodworkers and not a biased salesperson at the store.

                          In regards to my Delta-"How does a unisaw kick the bucket?"
                          A few years ago, my neighbor moved and did not want to take his Delta with him. He was a professional cabinet maker that was moving to Florida to retire and did not have the room for it. I bought it from him cheap .
                          Needless to say it has had a rough life. Finally one day I was ripping some walnut and the motor started to spark and smoke. I plan on repairing it because I love the saw, I just needed to get something else and the TS2410ls seemed like the best choice. The whole debate about blades started because I was not impressed with the stock blade.
                          In the past I never had to worry about blades because we had lumber yard that had a blade exchange program. If you bought a blade from them-save your receipt-within a year they would exchange that blade for a new one for $10. So needless to say every year I would exchange my blade, whether it needed it or not. Now that HD is here, they have closed their doors

                          So it looks like I will be shopping at HD from here on out. I can honestly say that so far, I am impressed with what they carry. Price on lumber is good, Ridgid tools are great, I just wish they had some experienced people working for them

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                          • #14
                            Re: Ridgid blades?

                            I use the Ridgid 10-inch, 50-tooth blades on both my RAS and on my CMS and am very pleased with the lower noise and higher quality of cut from other blades that I have used. Price is great at about $40.

                            The only problem I have is that there isn't much of an assortment.

                            CWS

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