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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?

Pascal Belloncle has already given a good explanation of why there are two different kinds of blades, but what is the practical aspect of it? An image speaks more than a thousand words: All cuts are ...
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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?

With the rip cut, you cut along the grain; while with the cross cut, you cut across the grain. Cutting along the grain is a very easy cut; even before you had mechanical saw, you had saws with few ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

I use 7.25" and 8" blades on a 10" table saw all the time, with no problem. You will have less depth of cut, of course, and also a reduction of rim speed,which will slightly increase chances of ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

It's common to use 8" dado sets on 10" table saws. The main disadvantage of a smaller blade is simply that your maximum cut depth is reduced. There is also going to be a reduction in the speed at ...
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What is the hook angle on a saw blade?

The hook angle refers to the angle at which the teeth will engage the material being cut. A high or positive hook angle means the outermost tip of each tooth will engage very aggressively, whereas a ...
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How do I look for a table saw blade with non-angled teeth?

You want to pay attention to the type of tooth grind, which describes how the individual teeth are shaped. Vermont American has a good resource for types of grinds. Any grind combination with at least ...
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What should I do to maintain a saw blade?

I think this is too broad to fully answer if asking about all saw types. Power saws I think can be grouped together for convenience and because the issues are fairly similar for all, but once you get ...
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How do I look for a table saw blade with non-angled teeth?

Let's talk teeth! There are more types of grinds, but I feel these are the applicable ones for your question: Flat top (FT/FTB) An FT or FTB blade is one which has flat teeth that you're looking for....
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How effective are different types of saw blades for various cuts and woods?

There are many more types of blade than you're listing here. For example, the grind angle of the teeth can make a big difference. This is different from the hook angle. So instead of answering for the ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

If you are doing through cuts, your table saw's stock riving knife will not be close enough to the back side of the blade to prevent kickback. To address this, you can create a custom throat plate ...
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How do I look for a table saw blade with non-angled teeth?

Forrest sells a blade which is totally flat. If you have an old saw blade that needs resharpening, most sharpening companies can regrind your blade when they sharpen it to make it a flat top grind.
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

Obviously this is questionably safe, even if you can actually fit a 12" blade to your 10" radial-arm saw. While in most cases rotating the material and making multiple cuts works, there are ...
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Chop saw not square after alignment

The square I was using as reference was not square. I measured it at 87.6º which would account for the inaccuracy. I found it by using the square against three other framing squares and they were all ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

To add to rob's answer, it is unlikely that your saw's factory riving knife/splitter will be thin enough to pass through the smaller kerf. This may require you to remove the splitter or purchase/make ...
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How effective are different types of saw blades for various cuts and woods?

It seems to me your question is really, "what will happen if I don't use the recommended type of blade for a given application?" Simply put: If you use a blade with too many (smaller) teeth and ...
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Using a larger blade in a table saw (circular saw)

Probably will not have an issue with the arbor but there are other issues to consider. Blade tip speed - making sure that the maximum rpm rating of the blade will not be exceeded by saw designed for a ...
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What should I do to maintain a saw blade?

I'd put these in approximate order from most to least priority: making sure you use it properly - for example, don't cut steel with any of these blades/tools unless it's specifically rated for use ...
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Type of blade shanks for Bosch PST 50 AE

Although not foolproof, you can generally figure out which style to use in the saw by the way the blade connects to the saw. In general, if you need a tool to change the blade, it's a U-shank. If you ...
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What is the difference between a $40 dado blade set and a $240 dado blade set ... besides the price?

When I'm spending money I like to read the negative reviews on a product online. This tells me what is wrong with them and I can decide if the issues are something I can deal with or if it happens to ...
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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?

Thinking back to something Roy Underhill said on The Woodwright Shop, probably 30 years ago, I thought that the teeth of a crosscut blade were angled perpendicular to the stroke of the saw, so as to ...
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Choosing a saber saw for long blades (12" and 18"). What does the maximum length specified in a saw depend on?

Your eBay link is to a WILPU RWM 225 which their website calls a "reciprocating saw" blade. Based on their video on the 225 blade, this is for a tool that we (in the US, at least) would call a "...
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Hitachi Miter saw slows down and stops while cutting bamboo flooring

Ok, so I called Hitachi to see if the machine was broken. They had me try and put the original blade back on, but the bolt holding the blade would not come off. It was like it was wielded on, even ...
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

The bigger blade will have more mass than the motor is designed to spin. This could cause issues for the motor, potentially burning it out. This is part of the reason that dado blade sets come in 8&...
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

Really no, it's a deadly proposition. When these blades turn, the centrifugal force tries to tear them apart, so they have a maximum RPM rating which is usually written on the side. Larger diameter ...
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Should I let the jigsaw blade rest once it heats?

I don't pause specifically to cool the blade when I'm cutting with any tool. I do, however, usually burn my fingers slightly if I have to change the blade because I always forget just how hot the ...
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What is the right blade for my old, cheap jig (sabre?) saw?

I believe you'll find that the split pin at the top of the blade holder is meant to engage a slot in the top of the blade, keeping it from pivoting on the attachment screw. That type of blade looks ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

Another advantage to using smaller blades is when cutting custom moldings from preferred stock, particularly cove moldings. You can dial in a smaller radius to create very distinct molding.
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What is this 8-tooth 10" circular saw blade intended for?

I think (??) that it was a early carbide blade as carbide was really expensive to make, I have seen similar in old Sears catalogs.
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Alternative to Bosch T 308 BOF for tight curve in 18 mm MDF

Okay, (rubs hands together)... ready for an answer. I'll try to combine information from the comments (and will happily edit based on feedback if I've misconstrued anything). To your question ...
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Should I let the jigsaw blade rest once it heats?

Should I let the jigsaw blade rest once it heats? Not usually, no. It's perfectly normal for jigsaw blades to get hot in use. Even hand saws can get uncomfortably hot1 if you're sawing enough and any ...
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