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Old 31st July 2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default 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.
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Old 31st July 2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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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)
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Old 31st July 2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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thanks thats a lot of help. The saw comes with a 20 tooth 8 inch blade which i consider a quick rip blade.
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Old 31st July 2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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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
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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

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+2 for that blade, very long lasting and the carbide is sharp!
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The Freud blade shown is a very high quality tool & will work well.
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+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.
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Default A step up from LU73

Freud LU79R



Amazon.com: Freud LU79R010 Thin Kerf Ultimate Plywood & Melamine Saw Blade 10 inch x 80t Hi-ATB 5/8 inch arbor Perma-Shield Coated: Home Improvement
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Nice!
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