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    Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    The title says it all. I can see the advantages of using a small blade on a 10" table saw, but, is it safe? This video provides several sample cuts using said blade: https://youtu.be/Hez7__x0ZSI.
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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    I can see when it could be handy for cutting thin kerf small things and when you need to cut sketchy wood. Don't think safety is an issue as circular saws run at over 5,000 rpm and most table saws run at 3,500 ish.
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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Only time I use a smaller blade is to match a Cove.



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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Don't have a dedicated ripper, try a 24 tooth, 7 1/4" Diablo blade. Works on stock 1 1/2" thick, or less. Cuts like a hot knife in butter.

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Quote Originally Posted by junquecol View Post
    Don't have a dedicated ripper, try a 24 tooth, 7 1/4" Diablo blade. Works on stock 1 1/2" thick, or less. Cuts like a hot knife in butter.
    Copycat Bruce! That's the same blade in the video and great minds think alike!

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    but, is it safe?
    What safety issues were you envisioning?

    I've occasionally used a 71/4" circular saw blade in the ts for thin kerf cuts in the end grain of wide boards as a starter cut for a handsaw. A Roubo folding bookstand.











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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Don't all jump on me at once, but before I had a dado stack, I found I could use a few 7-1/4" blades mounted together to the same effect. I know it is not optimal, and in certain cases can be dangerous but it worked well at the time.

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    It's not dangerous at all. The only area you need to look at is the Throat plate. And is your splitter or riving knife the right thickness
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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    I use an Amana 48 tooth 8" whenever I must have a super clean crosscut. Its rated at 6700 rpm so no issue on the ts. Its also very quiet.
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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    I've done it in the past too. Also I use a 6" dado blade set. It's all good.

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Same here on 6" dado blades. I remember my 8" Craftsman table saw on a stand. Very light, I could carry it anywhere. Who remembers the steel blades that were so versatile? There was a blade called a planer blade that cut so smooth, it needed no sanding. Worked well for me to make raised panel doors. The 7 1/4" blades also came in handy on that saw when my 8" blades were dull, and I needed a sharp blade now. I look around my shop today and wonder how I ever lived without the modern machines I have, and all the special tooling. Then I think back to making really nice furniture with a 1966 Craftsman 7" saw, 8" table saw, a handheld B&D router table of pressed steel, and a handful of steel router bits. By 1970 I thought I had a well equipped and modern woodshop with just those tools, and my hand tools.
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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    I watched that the other day. I'm not sure I would even think about doing that by default. I'll definately keep it in mind.

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Copycat Bruce! That's the same blade in the video and great minds think alike!
    Didn't watch video, been there ,done it!

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    Re: Opinions on Video: Useing 7-1/4" Blades on Table Saw???

    Many thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences and insight regarding using a 7-1/4" blade on a TS. Before watching the video the advantages of using a smaller, thinner blade had not occurred to me. My primary interest is in sawing smaller pieces.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    What safety issues were you envisioning?
    On the face it seemed dangerous to use these blades in an "off the label" manner. Good to learn my hesitation was baseless.
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