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Old 11-11-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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I am working (well trying to) on the compound ornaments in the holiday issue. First one is being cut from 1 3/4" square mahogany. Last week I tried several different blade including Olson PGT blades. No success.

So I ordered and received #7 and #9 FD Polar blades from Mike. I would expect the thick hard wood would do better with the #9. It works with difficulty. So I tried the #7, and it MUCH easier. (high speed, low speed feed on all.)

So the question, why is #7 so mush easier? Is it simply the smaller kerf? Still trying to get a handle on blade choice.

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Smaller kerf is the answer I typically use a #5 polar for my compound cuts. i used to use the FDUR#5 (ultra reverse) Until someone suggested i try the polars instead. I was amazed at how much easier they cut the thicker wood for compound cuts.
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Thank Mike. I found the UR5 not aggressive enough, the #7 is working for me.
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It all depends on the wood sometimes.HUH?
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Yup, might be this mahogany.
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Definitely a difference between the UR #5 and the Polar #5. Next time you order try some of those.
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Default Yep the Fd from Mikes IS the answer for me

What great suggestions you all gave me. Order delivered in2 day from Mikes. Tried the FD-7 and I can't believe the difference it made. THANKS a million!
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