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I want to change the blade on my 10” miter saw. The saw is over a year old and I still have the 60 tooth factory blade. Most of my cutting is pine but I do cut some hardwoods too. I just put a Freud thin cut kerf blade on my table saw and it is great.

So what all that said, since I seem to have gotten along with the factory blade so long: what blade should I get? Make and # of teeth?
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Jim I am going to assume the blade you have now isn't doing the job you expect. I think I might try cleaning your blade. I put mine in the bottom of the kitchen sink with enough water to cover the blade. Then I put a good amount of liquid laundry soap and soak it over night. The next mourning wash it off and put it back on the saw.

I have a Dewalt blade on my saw but there are better. I think Freud is a very good blade but I would go with a full kerf blade.

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Freud or Forrest blades are good. The best I've ever seen is Onsrud but I'm not sure if they are making them anymore.

More teeth means smoother cut usually but 60 should be good for pine. Negative hook angle is a must on the teeth. You want a full thickness blade so that it comes with a thick saw plate for stiffness and it still might benefit from using stiffening collars with it.
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Jim, as I'm sure you know, more teeth is better for crosscutting and fewer teeth is better for ripping.

One thing about miter saws is that your cut is usually over very quickly, as in a second or two. Because of this, I suspect that you can safely go to the thinner blades, but stay with more teeth. More teeth equals a smoother cut.

On your table saw, you may have cuts which take much longer, and therefore build up more heat in the blade. This extra heat can cause the blade to temporarily warp. It will straighten itself out once it cools down.

Now on your miter saw, that's unlikely to happen.

I am always of the opinion that it is worth getting good quality blades for any of your saws, especially if they are used frequently. If you have had good luck with Freud - as I have also - why not stay with them?

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Jim, you say you cut pine most, then the blade may well just be gummed up with sap which also manifests as a blunt blade. Try Don's (Hawkeye10) idea first before spendig possibly unneeded cash on a new blade.

Here in the UK blades are so expensive that it's cheaper to get them sharpened until they can't be sharpened anymore.
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I want to change the blade on my 10” miter saw. The saw is over a year old and I still have the 60 tooth factory blade. Most of my cutting is pine but I do cut some hardwoods too. I just put a Freud thin cut kerf blade on my table saw and it is great.

So what all that said, since I seem to have gotten along with the factory blade so long: what blade should I get? Make and # of teeth?
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I prefer a full kerf to reduce deflection on angled cuts. A blade stiffener is good on a thin kerf, but it is so easy to get deflections with poor technique, such as pressing down to make a cut. I pull the saw toward me to start the cut, then slide it away to finish the cut.

Freud makes a really nice blade with a flat top which will allow you to make wuick dados on small pieces. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B001V5J4...I3PRUEJB3AP84U

This is a really fine full kerf blade for ripping, but I also get excellent results with cross cuts and cutting slots for splines. https://smile.amazon.com/Freud-LM72M...+10+inch+blade. I order generally from Amazon since its 120 miles RT to any other source.

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