The 24 tooth blade is made just for ripping wood. You can buy a Diablo 50 tooth combo blade if you dont cut that much hardwood or since you have the rip blade you may want to buy a cross cut or finish blade with 80 teeth. I have used the 50 tooth blade for over a year(for general cutting) and am pleased with it's performance. Mind you I change to a 24 tooth blade for extended ripping jobs, and an 80 tooth blade for cutting plywood, particle board, plastic or laminate. More teeth = a finer cut. Send your Diablo blade to a saw sharpening service and they will restore it's performance for a reasonable price. One other thing, depending on where you buy your Freud blade it will be red and may be labeled Diablo or Industrial. Either way is fine. Buying one of the tools to assist in blade changing takes most of the struggle out of the process and reduces the chance of blade damage or personal injury.(I bought the Bench Dog)
Perhaps Charles M.will tell us of any difference between these blades and the standard chrome steel blades?
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Last edited by Mike; 11-05-2006 at 04:33 AM.