After an unfortunate incident with the miter saw and cutting some ash branch slices, I’ve been shopping for new blades for both my miter saw and tablesaw. Years ago, I bought a small jobsite tablesaw (Ridgid R4516) which has been a great little saw for me: 10 inches and 15 amps has considerable power for a small saw; but, it’s direct drive and hard starting, and needs a lot of practice to get good cuts. Unfortunately, Ridgid doesn’t sell this exact model anymore, but you can still find reconditioned versions. Likewise, without a lot of mass in the saw itself, it tends to vibrate; so, a thin kerf blade has been necessary.
Two years ago, I bought the 50 tooth 10″Diablo combination blade, and it’s been a fantastic workhorse on my little saw. The kerf is only 0.098″ and the thin width has helped with the low power of my jobsite saw. To be honest, I was so impressed with the first few cuts, I never thought twice about using a combination blade for everything. My only complaint is that it can leave some red paint on the first few cuts.
But, I think it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated rip blade, and I’ll be upgrading to an 80 tooth 10″ Diablo for the miter saw. I’ll probably keep the combination blade around for cross-cutting on the table saw for the time being.
Thoughts, comments or experiences? Share them in the comments!