At Chase Cabinets, owner Bob Chase makes the case is simple: Replacing the 10-inch blade on a table saw with a 7-1/4-inch blade can bring immediate benefits. He said it is safer, makes cleaner cuts, reduces waste with less sawdust, increases the life of the saw and reduces noise and electrical use. Also, it reduces kickbacks and can help prevent accidents.

Chase said that if 90 percent of table saw injuries result from kickback, then using a smaller blade (with smaller teeth) will reduce injuries. See Chase's arguments below. Chase added that the utility value of the 7-¼-inch blade is almost equal to the 10 inch blade. There are very few places where the larger blade offers any benefit at all. In his professional trade, the 7-¼-inch blade is on the saw 95 percent of the time.





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