Author Topic: Recommendations for a TS55 Blade for cutting 3/4" (18mm) Europly Birch Plywood?  (Read 1457 times)

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Offline guitartech

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Anybody have any recommendations for a TS55 Blade for cutting 3/4" (18mm) Europly Birch Plywood with as little tearout as possible? I see a couple of compatible blades from CMT, Dewalt, Freud, and of course Festool, but not a lot of info.

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Offline Birdhunter

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I use the Festool blade that came on my TS55. I use a lot of Baltic birch 3/4" plywood and get very clean cuts. I do use the tear out doohickey on the TS55. It seems to work well.

Offline Holmz

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The 25$ ohslun blade is fine, and there are cheaper blades.
Any of the the ones with " a Lotta teeth" , but the OEM blade should also work like a champ.

Offline ear3

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Standard blade that came with the saw will work just fine.  Just make sure your guide rail strip is fresh when cutting perpendicular to the grain on the birch face (and you also might want to add the green splinterguard as well for those cuts), as this is when there tends to be most tearout.
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Offline guitartech

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Thanks guys. I'm gonna buy another 495377 blade.

Offline Midnight Man

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I'll echo exactly as others here have said - the standard blade that came with the TS55 works brilliantly in both plywood and other laminated sheet goods (melamine etc).  Do use a splinter guard in the saw though.

I was actually amazed that even ripping through melamine with no backing behind it, using the standard blade, and there was no chipping even on the bottom side of the melamine...

Offline eddomak

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I've been cutting a lot of baltic birch ply for my current project, and my original 48 tooth had been doing fine, but is probably a bit blunt now, and maybe as a result on long rip cuts there can be splintering. This was especially the case when cutting a 45 degree bevel with the grain.

However I have used the 20 tooth (496302 - "universal saw blade for all wooden materials, all building panels...") recently and found it cuts faster and just as cleanly, and performs better on the rip. I don't know if it is just because it is newer, or because of the blade design, but it just works better compared to my older 48 tooth.

Offline Roseland

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I get less burning on bevels with the 20 tooth blade, and very nearly as clean a cut.

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