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    Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    What type circular saw blade is best for cleanest mdf cuts (60 tooth, 80 tooth, 140, etc.)?







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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    the higher the tooth count, the finer the cut



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    or if your saw has some ass to it you can cut just fine with a lower tooth blade as well and save $



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    Freud TCG blades




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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    If you have a worm-drive saw any would cut fine in mdf. Regular light weight one go with a higher tooth count and don't bog the saw.



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    if you clamp a straight piece of 1/4"-3/8" plywood or MDF to to your work and follow it with the edge of the saw base it will cut smooth as glass




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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    pretty sure he's asking what blade yields the finest/most exact edge, guys.

    Cutting MDF Compared to Plywood

    Both MDF and Plywood can be very tough on the cutting tools. This is why it is important to use saw blades that are specifically designed for cutting MDF and Plywood. Below is a link to some tools specially designed for cutting MDF and Plywood along with some helpful tips on how to choose a saw blade for cutting MDF and Plywood. The rest of this article explains why MDF and Plywood have such a high wear on cutting tools and the differences bewteen the two materials.

    MDF is much harder on tools than plywood is for a variety of reasons.

    The density – especially the varying density (see below)
    The mechanism of separation. Plywood shears while MDF ruptures.
    The amount and kinds of fiber
    The amount of glue and additives used to stretch it.
    MDF is harder on cutting tools for several reasons.

    There is just more material being cut. Typically MDF is heavier than plywood because MDF uses wood fibers and then compresses them. (See below)
    Plywood uses peeled wood while MDF can use a variety of fibers some much more abrasive.
    Plywood and MDF can both use the same woods. However in plywood the cells are open or hollow. In MDF the cells have been compressed flat. Cutting hollow a straw is easier than cutting a solid piece of plastic because you can cut the straw one wall at a time.
    The binder is distributed differently in the two materials. In plywood the binder is largely in the overlapping sheets. MDF can be considered binder with particles in it.
    In analysis of worn tools we see several things.

    Just the amount of material being cut.
    MDF is more abrasive because it denser. When cutting the fibers are severed but the cut material rubs on the side of the tooth causing wear similar to the effect of a stiff bush versus a soft brush.
    MDF seems to trap more heat in the cut and heat affects the saw tips. Again this is a natural property of the density and the glue distribution.
    Suppositions

    It is widely believed that MDF is “grabbier” on cutting tools and tests with ammeters have seemed to confirm this. MDF draws more power than wood or plywood.
    It is widely believed that the glue in MDF is stretched with a clay like binder much as clay is used in paper. This binder is much more abrasive than wood as clay is technically fine sand.
    MDF is made of wood fibers and any source can be used. Although the fibers are broken down into cells they retain many of their base properties. Bamboo cells have different properties than fir cells.
    Tips for choosing a saw blade for cutting MDF, Plywood, and particle board:

    Buy a triple chip blade or an ATB blade with a 10 or 15 degree hook.
    A higher tip count will give you better cuts in MDF, Plywood, and Particle board.
    Make sure the board is completely supported during the whole cut - absolutely no overhang without support.
    Feed the material absolutely straight and steady against a guide. 2 x 4’s are not really good guides. You can greatly affect cut quality, both good or bad, by how you feed. Experiment with scrap material to make sure you are feeding correctly.
    Keep the blade sharp. Plywood and MDF are glued together. The glue uses clay as a filler. Clay is very small rocks so it really wears saw blades.



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    TCG tipped blades are designed for laminate/mdf, the method I described helps insure smooth cuts from circular saws. In other words, it's not just the blade but how you use it. For 10" blades this usually means 60-80 tpi. Probably in the 24-36 tpi range for a 7 1/2" blades.




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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    if you clamp a straight piece of 1/4"-3/8" plywood or MDF to to your work and follow it with the edge of the saw base it will cut smooth as glass
    Yes, I'm going to do that but the cut can still turn out rough according to the blade you're using. Yes, low tooth blades will rip it good and not smooth is my experience with harder, natural woods and fiberboard.

    Thanks, this has helped me a lot. I hate going to Home Depot and searching and searching for the right tool, brand, material, etc. and blow my project due to wrong tool.
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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    Lol at making a simple cut into rocket science. Just cut it and run some sand paper over it after and it'll look just fine. And hell a lot of people are just going to cover it up anyways.



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    MDF, like other engineered woods (OSB, particle board, plywood, etc.) are adhered using resin. a formaldehyde resin is commonly used because it is cheap. it's also why the "off-gassing" of new wood is toxic and why you do NOT want to breathe in those airborne fibers. a respirator is strongly recommended when cutting MDF. I use a cartridge filter (paint fume type) respirator, same as when i work with fiberglass.



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    Are the Diablo brand blades and bits from homedepot worth the cash? The blade on my table saw has only been replaced once and that was years ago, was eyeing the 60 tooth diablo for $25.




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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    Toxicity is always a concern not only with mdf, hdf, particle board and treated plywood but also some exotic wood species. Diablo are construction grade blades and will suffice, like everything else, you get what you pay for. They are a big step up from B&D and DeWalt. I've built everything you can build with wood(cabinets, furniture, entertainment centers, houses)in the last 30 years except speaker enclosures , that I know nothing about. Think of wood working tools as audio equipment, can't get HAT quality from Pyle but sometimes CDT will do. (Only examples from a noobs perspective, no offense intended)




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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    i only use the Diablo 80 tooth blade, cuts clean and last a long while.



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    Re: Saw blade for clean mdf cut

    Quote Originally Posted by neonblack View Post
    What type circular saw blade is best for cleanest mdf cuts (60 tooth, 80 tooth, 140, etc.)?
    spent 5$ at harbor freight on a 142 tooth plywood blade. worked great. However, I only use my circ saw 5 or so times a year, and it's only for cutting mdf for enclosures.



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