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dedee

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Are there any drawbacks of using a 48tooth Trimming Crosscut Blade (Trend) for ripping?

I will shortly need to rip about 20 metres of Cedar down to 2"x1" and would like as cleaner cut as possible. Apart from a slow feed rate, and therefore I suppose load on the saw motor, are there any other reason why I should stick to a 38tooth combi blade?
The Trend catalogue only has the ripping symbol against the combi and rip blades

What would happen if I were to use a 64 tooth blade?

I will be using a kity 419


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Don't do it if you can help it. Ripping with a crosscut blade quickly heats up the blade as the waste doesn't get cleared quick enough. A rip blade has larger gullets to remove the waste quicker. You'll find the piece wants to lift up off the table, too.
Worth getting a rip blade (even a cheapy!) if you have a lot to do.
hope this helps
Philly :D
 

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Philly's theory is of course correct, but for your situation I'd beg to differ. Personally I wouldn't run out and buy a blade just to cut 20 metres. Cedar being exceptionally easy to cut, I'd give it a go first. If it struggles, then go buy a rip blade.

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That's good advice. For a fine rip cut on the TS, use fewer teeth (24 or so). More teeth only equals a finer cut on cross-cutting.
I have some of the Trend (single purpose) rip blades, and find they are excellent (especially when new :roll: )
 

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I should have mentioned that the only blade I have is the original kity supplied one. I have been trying to justify buying a better blade and the current project will alow me to do so.

Looks like I might just go for the Trend Combi.

thanks

Andy
 
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I've had very good results ripping with a 20-tooth carbide. Cedar must be a doddle. I have also used a 48 tooth for ripping (too lazy to change the blade for one cut) -- I had to use a slow feed rate, which resulted in burnt wood along the cut. Waste of time!
 
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I have a 40 T (Freud pro) blade in E/B Secanta saw. I have used it for ripping 1 1/4" teak with no problem, the surface is very good, with only sanding required to finish.

My only advice is, do not rush, slow feed, let the saw do the work.
 
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