Saw Blades - Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some tips for beginners and frequently asked questions about carbide tipped saw blades. If you have a question that isn’t answered in this FAQ please contact us.
When crosscutting veneered plywood I use a combination blade with mixed results. Is there a blade available that will crosscut ply without chipping the edge of the veneer?
Answer: As you’ve discovered, the veneer face on plywood is fragile and prone to chipping, especially when crosscutting. The solution is a trim blade such as Amana no.610800. These blades have an alternate top bevel (ATB) and a high tooth count for splinter-free crosscuts, even on fragile veneers.
I’m starting a framing business and I need a blade suitable for cutting smooth, perfect miters in picture frame stock. Can you recommend a blade?
Answer: For a perfect, gap-free fit on mitered stock your best option is a specially designed miter blade such as Amana Tool no. MS10800. This blade features an alternate top bevel (ATB) tooth grind along with a raker tooth, a 2 degree negative tooth angle, and a high tooth count. It’s the perfect choice for tight miters.
When I rip large quantities of stock the motor on my contractor tablesaw frequently overheats and continually shuts down. Is there a saw blade that will prevent overheating? I’m presently using the combination blade that came equipped on the tablesaw when I purchased it.
Answer: Many contractor tablesaws are simply underpowered. You can reduce the strain and overheating by switching to a thin-kerf blade or a ripping blade. Thin-kerf blades require less horsepower simply because they remove less stock.
Rip blades require less horsepower when ripping because they rip more efficiently than combination blades. In comparison to combination blades, rip blades have a lot fewer teeth. As a result, the motor on the saw is “pushing” fewer teeth through the stock and the large gullets (the space between each tooth) can more effectively remove the sawdust from the kerf.
Can I mount a good combination on my tablesaw and use it for all cuts?
Answer: That depends upon the types of materials that you typically cut. For most ripping and crosscutting the Amana Prestige general purpose saw blade is a great choice. It cuts smoothly and cleanly in a variety of softwoods, hardwoods, and sheet stock such as veneered plywood and MDF.
However, there are times when it’s best to use a specialty blade. For example, if you sometimes rip large quantities of dense hardwood, such as maple or oak, it’s a good idea to use an Amana ripping blade. The large gullets and flat top grind will efficiently rip dense hardwood without overheating the motor on your tablesaw.
I’m using a special melamine blade on my tablesaw but the bottom surface of the melamine is still chipping slightly. Is there anything that I can do to achieve a perfect, chip-free cut?
Answer: Melamine is a hard, brittle plastic which is easily chipped when it is cut to size. The Amana melamine saw blade is specially designed with a sharp 25 degree alternate top bevel to cleanly shear the hard surface. However, to prevent chipping on the underside of the stock it is important to use a zero-clearance throat plate to support the melamine right up to the edge of the cut.
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