Thin-Kerf Blades Are for Everyone
Today's blades make cleaner cuts while saving motor life
Synopsis: Roland Johnson set out to test two widely held beliefs about thin-kerf tablesaw blades: 1) that they make it easier to cut thick stock, and 2) that they are more prone to deflection and vibration, and so make rougher cuts. He tested within brands to see how well a thin-kerf blade cut compared to its standard-kerf sibling, looking at blades from CMT, Freud, Forrest, Irwin, and Oldham. He tested the quality of both ripcuts and crosscuts, both in the center and at the ends of boards, and measured the power required to make each cut. What he discovered may surprise you.
From Fine Woodworking #204
If you have anything short of a full-size cabinet saw, you know your tablesaw can get bogged down, or even stopped cold, when cutting hardwoods much thicker than 1 1⁄2 in. And I’m sure you’ve heard that a thin-kerf blade will make it easier to cut thick…