I'm about to take possession of a slider (never had one before), and want to buy a high quality blade for plywood and MDF/particle composites, most with veneer two sides. I have a scoring saw on this machine but still value minimal veneer chip-out on the bottom of the cut when the scorer is not up. I have a 30mm arbor on the main blade and can take up to a 16" blade I think, though for plywood I'd probably prefer to keep it to 12" or 14" at most. What are the best blades out there for plywood on sliders? I would mostly alternate between this new plywood blade and a 14" Forrest WWII for solids, which comes with the machine.
From contributor B:
The Freud high-ATB blades have worked very well for me. I've used the FS high-ATB in the past with good results, but they're more expensive and QC was hit/miss. I'd suggest spending the time to get the scoring system dialed in - much better blade life and consistent cutting with a 72-tooth triple chip and the scorer.
I like a 65 to 70 tooth combo blade for ply and for quick solid wood part sizing. I always use an 80+ tooth Hi-ATB blade for cutting door parts to length. If you process solid wood, do yourself a favor and get a nice sturdy ripping blade. A good slider will straight line lumber better than a jointer and way better than a rip saw.