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mondogenerator 31st July 2012 10:21 AM

what blade to cut birch ply?
i have acquired a circular 'skil saw', and it comes with a coarse TCT blade. What blade should i use for a cleaner cut? How many teeth? Thanks for any help that can be offered.

yai 31st July 2012 11:05 AM

you can find infos on choosing the blade here: Saw Blade Selection Guide - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
for birch ply (multiplex) i always use ATB (alternate top bevel) blades with as many theeth as possible (e.g. 96 teeth on my 300mm blade)

mondogenerator 31st July 2012 01:11 PM

thanks thats a lot of help. The saw comes with a 20 tooth 8 inch blade which i consider a quick rip blade.

LafeEric 31st July 2012 04:37 PM

As Yai said look for better quality more teeth blade.

For my skil saw this works very well:
7-1/4 in. x 40 Tooth Carbide Circular Saw Blade-D0740R at The Home Depot

For my table saw a 'combination' blade gives great results with plywood:
10 in. x 50 Tooth Combination Circular Saw Blade-D1050X at The Home Depot

chrisb 31st July 2012 06:24 PM

for clean / "chip free" cross grain cuts on veneer faced plywood (such as baltic birch), you can't have too many teeth and "expensive" blades / bits save you money every time you use them

this is a nice one

Top Shelf 1st August 2012 12:13 PM

+2 for that blade, very long lasting and the carbide is sharp!

kevinahcc20 1st August 2012 01:34 PM

The Freud blade shown is a very high quality tool & will work well.

marce 1st August 2012 01:38 PM

+3 for the freud.Even if you buy cheep tools, never buy cheep blades, you'll end up regretting it and quite often it will cost you more in damaged wood etc.

fastbike1 1st August 2012 02:48 PM

A step up from LU73
Freud LU79R Freud LU79R010 Thin Kerf Ultimate Plywood & Melamine Saw Blade 10 inch x 80t Hi-ATB 5/8 inch arbor Perma-Shield Coated: Home Improvement

LafeEric 1st August 2012 03:19 PM


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