10-in. Combination Tablesaw Blades
Our high-tech test of 14 new blades revealed the smoothest cutters
Synopsis: There’s no shortage of tablesaw blade choices, so it’s hard to know which is best. Fine Woodworking’s Tom Begnal checked out an assortment of 10-in. combination blades to see if any stood out in smoothness of cut. He ripped and crosscut a 3/4-in maple board with each blade and performed tests to evaluate the quality of each cut. See how the blades compare, and find advice for preventing premature wear and keeping blades sharper longer.
A combination blade for the tablesaw makes good sense for many woodworkers. Although a combination blade, also called a general-purpose blade, might not rip as well as a rip blade or crosscut as well as a crosscut blade, it can come pretty close. And using one means you won’t have to switch back and forth from rip to crosscut blade. That makes life a lot easier in the shop.