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5 methods to maximize your miter-saw

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Upgrade the blade

Tip #1: Upgrade the blade.

Most mitersaws come equipped with a general-purpose 24- to 40-tooth blade suitable for cutting framing lumber or decking, where clean cuts don't matter much. But to make crisp cuts in hardwoods, you'll need a high-performance blade with a low-degree hook angle. (See drawing on next slide.) Get an 80-tooth blade for a 10" mitersaw and a 96- or 100-tooth blade for a 12" model. (We recommend Freud's LU74R010 and LU74R012 blades.)

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Comments (3)
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michmags75 wrote:

Try an Irwin Marples 50T combination blade; butter.

4/3/2014 10:57:11 AM Report Abuse
hshadley4083 wrote:

I seriously do not like the red coating on Freud blades. So I use Infinity with their electroless nickle plated blades. They are lubed by this and no discoloration from coated blades.

12/10/2011 02:10:27 PM Report Abuse
malcolmdotcom wrote:

The problem with the Freud blades is that they are painted red ... and all my cuts on maple or poplar get a red stain on the endgrain.

12/9/2011 07:54:36 AM Report Abuse

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