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Blog entry by knotscott posted 293 days ago 4533 reads 27 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Forrest, Infinity, Ridge Carbide, Freud Fusion, and Tenryu Gold Medal are all great saw blades. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them if you’re willing to plunk down $70-$125. Try getting a good blade with a budget in the $10-$40 range, and the odds of getting a good one fall dramatically. No need to despair….for those who missed out on the great Leitz/Irwin, Leitz/Delta, Onsrud, and CMT clearance deals in recent years, below is list of current deals that I think represent a “good bang for the buck” on some very decent blades. Unlike most of the premium blades mentioned, I haven’t tried all of these personally (some I have), but I’m willing to speculate that they’re a good risk for the price based on who makes it, the series it’s from, where it’s made, and/or the design they used….they all appear to me to have “the right stuff”, and just happen to be affordable too. Some are closeouts, rebadged blades from a different line, clearance, discontinued lines, buyouts, overstocks, etc. It’s a hodgepodge of manufacturers, kerf widths, and tooth counts, and by the nature of sale and clearances prices, it’ll fluctuate.

I’ll do my best to keep the list updated, and would encourage any of you who stumble into a great deal on blades to post it here. Many of the current deals come from Cripe Distributing, who happens to combine s/h on multiple purchases. Some of the deals are from Holbren, who I’ve found to be a top notch supplier….the last I knew code “BT310” gets you a 10% discount with Holbren. These should all be a better alternative to the lower priced blades from Workforce, Skil, Vermont American, Avanti/Avanti Pro, Irwin Classic, Irwin Marathon, Oldham Contractor, Oldham yellow pack @ HD, DeWalt Construction, Ryobi, HF, most Sears, and other off names. Before you go out and spend money on a mediocre blade that’s no better than the stock blade that came with your saw, give one of these a try. Some will rival the best examples available at any price. I’ll add more deals as I find them.

Not sure what you need?....this tutorial might help.

Last updated on 3/11/14:

3/32” thin kerf (10”):

- Freud Diablo D1024X 10” 24T ATB thin kerf rip blade. Made in Italy. ($28 @ HD)

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- Irwin Marples 1807366 10” 24T ATB thin kerf rip blade. Made in Italy. ($30 @ Lowes)

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- Freud Industrial LU87R010 10” 24T FTG thin kerf ripping blade. Made in Italy ($41 shipped as of 3/11/14, but watch out for Amazon’s musical price game)

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- Bosch CB1024C 10” 24T ATB thin kerf fast ripping blade. Country of origin unknown ($12.00/$10 s/h) (I wouldn’t expect a glue ready edge from this, but it should be easier on your motor than a 40T or higher blade. Could be a decent “add-on” to an existing order, but I wouldn’t shell out the full $21.50 shipped for it over the D1024 @ $28 …use your judgement)

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- Freud Diablo D1040X 10” 40T ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Made in Italy ($30 @ HD)

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- Irwin Marples 40T 10” ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Made in Italy (a distinct upgrade from the Irwin Marathon series). ($33 shipped from Amazon)

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- DeWalt Precistion Trim DW7140PT= 10” 40T ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Now made in China, unless you can still find one of the original all yellow ones. ($31 @ Lowes ...note that Freud LU86 have gone up to over $40 in recent weeks, making this one, the Irwin Marples, and the Freud Diablo the better buys in a 40T TK)

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- Freud Diablo D1050X 10” 50T ATB/R thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy ($37 @ HD and $36 shipped from Amazon)

- Irwin Marples 1838183= 10” 50T ATB/R thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy. ($44 shipped from Amazon, $38 @ Lowes)

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- Oldham Pro 100PT80 10” 80T ATB thin kerf fine crosscut/ply blade. Made in the USA ($20/$10.50 s/h ) (one of the better deals on this list IMHO…same as the DW3218PT @ ~ $60-$70)

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1/8” full kerf (10”):

- Delta Industrial 35-611 10” 18T FTG full kerf rip blade. Made in the Germany ($21/$12.50 s/h)

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- Bosch PRO1024RIPB 10” 24T FTG full kerf rip blade. Made in USA or China depending on which one you get ($14/$8.50 s/h … or $81 @ HD)

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- Tenryu RS-25524CBN 10” 24T ATB full kerf rip blade. Made in China. ($36 shipped …only 2 left)

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- Delta Industrial 35-7653 10” 30T ATB full kerf ripping/general purpose blade. Made in the USA. ($24/ $10 s/h)
Similar design as the 30T WWII….rips more cleanly than a 24T blade, and crosscuts acceptably in most situations.

- Delta Industrial 35-7657 10” 40T ATB full kerf (0.118”) general purpose blade. Made in the US ($18/$11.50s/h)
(This is possibly the best buy on this list IMHO….same as the DW7657, very well regarded….does surprisingly well against the likes of a 40T WWII)

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- Oshlun SBW-100050 10” 50T ATB/R full kerf combo blade. Made in China ($37 shipped from Amazon)

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- Oshlun SBW-100060 10” 60T ATB full kerf crosscut/general purpose blade. Made in China ($25/$4 s/h…”BT310” code gets 10%)

- DML Golden Eagle 74032 10” 60T ATB full kerf crosscut/general purpose blade. Made in USA. ($28/$12.50 s/h)

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12” Blades:

- Irwin Marples 1838184= 12” 40T ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Made in Italy ($38 @ Lowes) Full kerf is generally better for a 12” blade….be patient and let the saw do the work if you choose thin kerf in a 12” blade.

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- Bosch PRO1248CHB 12” 48T TCG full kerf general purpose blade. Made in China ($25 / $12.50 s/h) The triple chip grind is very durable. Good for brittle and abrasive materials.

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-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....



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Roger

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#1 posted 293 days ago

Thnx for the info and links.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 293 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to put all this information out there!!!

My eyes tend to glaze over whenever I start to examine/compare saw blades. I’ve come to just trust what you say and go with whatever you recommend, that also happens to not stretch my budget too thin. Given your knowledge and expertise, I would be insane to do anything else!!!

Again, Thank you!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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kdc68

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#3 posted 293 days ago

Thanks for all the detailed info….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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nailbanger2

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#4 posted 293 days ago

Once again, I’m glad you’re on my buddy list!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 293 days ago

Thanks so much, Scott. I need a new blade for my chopsaw and thanks to you , I’m going to give one of those Irwin Marples a spin : )
Irwin Marples 1807370

Oh, wait…I just read that it has a 10-degree positive hook angle.
I believe that we’re supposed to use a negative hook design on chopsaws. True or false ?
My 10” Delta and my 12” Bosch both came with Negative Hook blades from the factory.
They are not sliders, just CMS , if that makes a difference : )
I’ll wait for your decision before ordering. Thanks.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 293 days ago

thanks for the info,your always very knowledgeable with the blades which id a big help.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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knotscott

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#7 posted 293 days ago

Dusty – A low to negative hook is recommnded for a slider and RAS (anywhere from negative up to ~ 5° or so is good), but 10° to even 15° is fine for a regular CMS or chopsaw.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 293 days ago

Thank you , Scott : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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joein10asee

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#9 posted 292 days ago

good info. Added to favorites. thanks

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 292 days ago

Good morning, Scott. The guy selling the Marples was asking $35 for the 80 tooth blade, or best offer.
I offered him $27.50 with free shipping and he accepted. The blade is now on its way to me : )
I also had a couple ebay bucks to spend , so the final cost was only $25.07 : )
Thank you so much and have a great weekend !!
Maybe someone else can bid lower and get a great deal as well.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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knotscott

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#11 posted 292 days ago

Wow….$35 was a pretty solid deal. $25 shipped is terrific! (I think you got the last one he had…I just realized those were being sold in my town.) Enjoy!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 292 days ago

He had 2 left after my order was processed.
I just checked on my order and the expected delivery date is between the 15th and the 19th…must be coming to Massachusetts on horseback !
Hopefully it will be sooner than later as I have a molding project to get done.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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b2rtch

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#13 posted 190 days ago

For some reason”my” Lowes never have a good variety of anything, it carries only one Irwin combo blades ( 50 teeth I think).
The people working in this Lowes told me that this is the smallest Lowes in the USA, that probably explains it

-- Bert

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lightcs1776

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#14 posted 150 days ago

Great listing!! I can even actually afford these. Thanks for taking the time to create and maintain the list.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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twitch

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#15 posted 110 days ago

Thanks for the great info. Now I’m confident in putting the right blade on my new saw!

-- Twitch

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