Hello, I machine solid wood 95% of the time on my venture 115m. I have a 14" Diameter blade, with 48 teeth set in a crosscut format, running at 5250 rpm. I rip 90% more than I crosscut.
I rip hardwood at 12m/min and softwood at 15m/min. my predecessor used to machine with a 60tooth crosscut blade which i assume was for melamine, he ran that at a snails pace of 3m/min for years, and i requested a combination blade with some larger gullets as our machine unfortunately does not have the capabilities to hold more than 1 saw blade at a time. My request was heard, but not taken as sage advice and was met with the current setup I just mentioned.
I grow tired of ripping my material with my current setup, and i have been informed by some individuals that I do not want a combination blade. But I do!!.
In theory, my opinion is that the combination blade will be more efficient in ripping and i can push the machine to rip at a higher feed rate, although my thoughts are that I may lose some feed rate in the cross cutting department, it's negligible as I have improved production drastically in all aspects, not just the sawing department. I come here for your advice in the matter.
I want a combination blade. Am I wrong for thinking this way?
Will I be forced to rip with this crosscut blade? I need practical opinions. thank you.
Picture of saw blade attached.