If you don’t cut melamine-coated stock often, you probably just use the regular blade already in your table saw. Happy with the results? Nah, I didn’t think so. You probably got more chips than a bag of Fritos®.
Blades dedicated for cutting melamine and laminates are designed to cut with a minimum of chipping and tearout. Delta’s new full-kerf melamine blade features 60 hollow-ground teeth — the teeth have a concave appearance on the face and tip — set at a low hook angle of 10°. The hollow grind, low hook angle, high tooth count, and the fact that the teeth have the corners cut off, all combine to give extremely clean cuts in chip-prone melamine. Be careful with this blade — it cuts so cleanly that fresh cuts can leave razor-sharp edges on the melamine.
The new line of blades comes in four versions: 10″, 12″, 220mm and 300mm. Prices start at about $85.