Dewalt table saw blade recommendations - carpentry question

After pining over a planer for ages I bought one, then after not using it for another year I sold it to buy shiny new tools.

However today I wanted to make some more glue-ups for some chopping boards. I figured I could use my dewalt table saw. I spent an hour unsticking the standard blade then dropped in a 80t trend blade that I thought would work well to smooth off the sides.

That was ambitious as all I did was make them worse… The saw blade was used but produced a good amount of smoke and clearly running too fast in my saw.

I’m not curious to know if others use their table saws to plane the edges of planks etc. If you do, any tricks and any blade recommendations?

You want less teeth for ripping. This is a very nice blade that creates nice smooth edges.

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This would be my recommendation:

Forrest 10" 20T WWII Rip Blade Alt Top Raker .125 Kerf

IMHO Forrest makes the best blades. Over the past 40+ years I’ve tried em all, keep coming back to Forrest. Heck, even this blade, general purpose, produces excellent, glue-ready cuts.
Forrest WW10407125 Woodworker II 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB .125 Kerf Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor

I still use the first one I ever purchased, they can be re-sharpened multiple times and repaired, both services offered by Forrest.

Not sure about availability in the UK though :thinking:

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I personally like Freud Blades, they are excellent quality and reasonably priced. I’m sure you can buy better blades but the ROI difference is minimal for 99% of applications.

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Have you checked your blade parallel to you miter slot on the table Luke. You can have a great blade and cut like crap if it’s not square. This is what I use to check mine.


Yep I totally agree. I actually trammed it but against the fence. Is that the best way to do it?

I think I buggered the blade when it was in my mitre saw. It’s crummy in both but is a trend blade. Would cleaning it help?

I’m looking at all these blades but none are available in the UK. Is there a general spec I should look for?

I’ve used these in my mitre saw but have a habbit of abusing them…

Probably more than you ever wanted to know. :crazy_face:

What is a trend blade?

I have a total of four Forrest blades. Two combination blades because that’s the one I use most often and I can avoid downtime when one is out for repair or sharpening. Too bad you cannot get them there.

The ROI has been fantastic since they wear more slowly, cut more cleanly and can be sharpened, teeth replaced indefinitely.


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