I posted a thread, called it ripping maple, last week. Last Frid. I spent 6+ hours tunning my trunion, because I got a really shotty edge with a brand new 40t ProMax blade. After tunning and then using my 60t freud to test cut some ply wood, I got razor sharp edges and smooth flat glue lines. Well last night in prep for this weekend I decides to test the 3 blades I have to rip. First up 40t Pro Max! Awfull, really bad cut I'd need a belt sander to take the gouges out. By the way I used 3 scraps, a 2x4x 18, a length of birch ply 3/4", and piece of 3/4" oak.
Second blade 24t Oldham fast rip. Much better than the Pro Max, light sanding to clean up the edge. Blade three, or should I say #1. Stock Ridgid, complete with pitch all over it. I have used this blade exclusively for 6 months, only cleaned it onced, and man this blade gave me an almost perfect cut in each of the three materials, the only one needing attention was the 2x4, and I would say it's the wood not the blade, all others were like glass. Jake if you read this, where could I get another RIDGID blade, and please don't tell me to buy another saw! Thanks for listening! Andrew