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    So I bought a circular saw - A porter cable Nicd battery operated 6.5 inch one.

    Which blade? Now I need to get some blades which would actually help cut the wood. The purpose of this saw was to help with building speakers - so primarily MDF (1/2 to 3/4 inch), maybe some birch ply and some hard wood like oak - these seem to have nice finish.

    So, blade suggestion - how many tooth and what brands? Also any safety or handling or woodworking tip regarding circular saws would be highly appreciated!

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    Re: Circular Saw - which blade

    Originally posted by ani_101 View Post
    So I bought a circular saw - A porter cable Nicd battery operated 6.5 inch one.

    Which blade? Now I need to get some blades which would actually help cut the wood. The purpose of this saw was to help with building speakers - so primarily MDF (1/2 to 3/4 inch), maybe some birch ply and some hard wood like oak - these seem to have nice finish.

    So, blade suggestion - how many tooth and what brands? Also any safety or handling or woodworking tip regarding circular saws would be highly appreciated!
    Not sure of the pitch on my tablesaw blade, but for MDF (or PB) you really need the carbide tipped blade (I think the actual teeth are tungsten carbide steel) because of the glue/resins involved.

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    • #3
      Re: Circular Saw - which blade

      They make specific ply wood blades, use them for that purpose. Also, because you are using battery power, I would suggest the thinnest blade you can get, they cut easier, generally, and thus save battery power. Get the best you can afford, Ive never heard anyone say 'I wish I'd bought the cheaper blade', but I've heard the opposite (from my mouth). I found a Hitachi at the BORG or Lowes recently, nice thin kerf, carbide tipped, works real nice, and wasn't to much money.

      More teeth = Smoother cut, think finish work
      Fewer teeth = Faster cut, think framing, like house framing, not picture framing.

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      • #4
        Re: Circular Saw - which blade

        Freud makes great blades, they're only a few bucks more then your average blade.

        http://www.amazon.com/Diablo-D0641X-...3648638&sr=1-2

        I have the 7.5" version of this blade, it's MUCH better then the stock blade on my Porter Cable saw.
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        • #5
          Re: Circular Saw - which blade

          Thanks for the replies.

          I'll definitely go for a higher grade blade (carbide tipped). How many tooth is ok? Is a 40 tooth blade good enough for most jobs - mdf and ply?

          Or do i need to go higher?

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          • #6
            Re: Circular Saw - which blade

            MDF / Ply blades are different, they may have 100 teeth. For general use, 40 teeth seems good on these small cordless saws.

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              Re: Circular Saw - which blade

              Originally posted by Jay1 View Post
              Freud makes great blades, they're only a few bucks more then your average blade.

              http://www.amazon.com/Diablo-D0641X-...3648638&sr=1-2

              I have the 7.5" version of this blade, it's MUCH better then the stock blade on my Porter Cable saw.
              +1 on the Freud finish blade. I use them on both my circular and table saw and they never disappoint.

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                Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                Hi,

                Since this thread is about circular saw I am after to buy one as well. I am tossing up between a battery powered and main powered saw.

                I don't need portability and I think the main powered ones will give me more torque hence will rip timber or MDF better.

                Which one do you guys recommend?

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                • #9
                  Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                  If you don't NEED the portability, go for the corded version. It's not just a power thing, the cordless unit eat batteries. You spend more time charging then cutting. They are rather handy though, for the quick cut.

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                    Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                    this one.
                    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B0000222WM
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                    • #11
                      Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                      Originally posted by zobsky View Post
                      +1 on the Freud finish blade. I use them on both my circular and table saw and they never disappoint.
                      Add me to the list of Freud lovers. Got one for the table/miter saw and LOVE it. great cuts for sure.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                        Originally posted by ani_101 View Post
                        So I bought a circular saw - A porter cable Nicd battery operated 6.5 inch one.
                        if it's not too late to return it, if you do go battery powered instead of corded, Lithium Ion is the way to go. I have two NiCD saws (one i bought years ago, and one i inherited) and after a couple years, the battery, which is still expensive, only holds a portion of the original charge. NiCD batteries need to be drained fully and then recharged fully to maximize their lifespan, which is not always convenient for saw use.

                        i think i used 40-tooth blades with decent luck on the cordless saws. 40-80 teeth on the table saw.
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                          Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                          Originally posted by patrickm View Post
                          if it's not too late to return it, if you do go battery powered instead of corded, Lithium Ion is the way to go. I have two NiCD saws (one i bought years ago, and one i inherited) and after a couple years, the battery, which is still expensive, only holds a portion of the original charge. NiCD batteries need to be drained fully and then recharged fully to maximize their lifespan, which is not always convenient for saw use.

                          i think i used 40-tooth blades with decent luck on the cordless saws. 40-80 teeth on the table saw.
                          The good part about porter cable is that the nicd and Lion battery packs are interchangeable. So i can upgrade later.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                            Originally posted by AMC View Post
                            If you don't NEED the portability, go for the corded version. It's not just a power thing, the cordless unit eat batteries. You spend more time charging then cutting. They are rather handy though, for the quick cut.
                            Not to mention the corded ones have more power and are cheaper

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                              Re: Circular Saw - which blade

                              At work there is an 18v DeWalt Li cordless saw. I tried on 3/4 MDF and it was a bear.

                              Keep your battery saw in the house or the truck for small jobs. They are still handy.

                              +1 for a good ole corded saw. I have a $29.99 black n Decker that I use for mobile jobs and the thing rips! I use only Freud Diablo blades and have never looked back. For my 7-1/4 circular saw I use 60tooth fine, and for the table saw I have 80 and 100 tooth. I also like to keep a 40 (or 48) staggered kerf framing blade around because if you need to do dirty work like cutting scrap, it goes through nails if need be.

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