Table Saw Blades

If you could only have three table saw blades, what would you choose ?
I would choose the following three Table Saw blades:

First let me preface my picks by saying I have a 1-3/4 hp Table Saw motor. If you have a Table Saw that is over 3 hp, than you have additional options since the load put on the motor by the blade becomes less of an issue.

With that said, I would choose the following three Table Saw blades:

  1. For ripping I would go with a thin kerf ripping blade with 24 teeth and Flat Top (FT)type teeth.
  2. For crosscutting I would go with a thin kerf blade with 60 teeth and Alternate Top Bevel (ATB) type teeth.
  3. For cutting Plywood, MDF, and Melamine, I would go with a thin kerf blade with 80 teeth and Triple Chip Grind (TCG) type teeth.

I chose thin kerf type blades above,since a thinner kerf equates to less load being put on your Table Saw motor.

Having three dedicated blades is nice. However, if your not keen on switching from one blade to another, then I would go with a thin kerf Combination Blade with 50 teeth (that’s roughly half way between the 24 tooth and 80 tooth blades mentioned above).

The Photo above shows a 50T (teeth) Combination blade on the left and a 40T blade on the right. Looking at the two blades above, you can tell right away which one is the Combination blade, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Any time you look at a blade and not all the teeth are uniformly spaced around the circumference of the blade (like the Combination blade on the left side in the Photo above), you know your looking at a Combination blade.

The Sketch above shows the three teeth types mentioned above, where I listed the three blades I would select for different type cutting scenarios.

The Flat Top (FT) type teeth are ideal for ripping. This type of tooth with its Flat Top maximizes the removal of the wood material its ripping thru and since when ripping your cutting in the same direction as the grain runs, splintering of the wood is not an issue (generally speaking).

The Alternate Top Bevel (ATB) type teeth are ideal for crosscutting (cutting across the grain). The alternating angled bevel (from one tooth to the next) makes for a smoother cut.

The Triple Chip Grind (TCG)type teeth are ideal for cutting Plywood, MDF, and Melamine. The teeth alternate between the Flat Top (FT) tooth and the Flat Top with notched sides. According to the saw blade manufacturers’ this type teeth setup experiences less wear than if an ATB type saw blade was used when cutting Plywood, MDF, and Melamine type materials, and the quality of the cut is nearly the same.

The Photo above shows the two tools used to install and remove the blade for my Table Saw. Notice that the two tools are wrapped with Electrician’s tape. I do this to help protect the teeth of the blade from being damaged by unintentional contact with the tools shown above.

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