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Blog entry by knotscott posted 07-04-2013 01:09 PM 8470 reads 38 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Forrest WWII, Infinity Super General, Ridge Carbide TS2000, 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 $80-$130. 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, Delta 7657, 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 (many 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….here today, gone tomorrow.

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 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.

Not sure what blade(s) to get? ....this article might help.

Last updated on 4/20/2015:

10” thin kerf blades (~ 3/32” / 0.094”):

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

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

- CMT P10024 ITK Plus 10” 24T ATB thin kerf rip blade. Made in Italy ($29.22 @ Amazon, free s/h with $35 purchase)

- Freud Industrial LU87R010 10” 24T FTG thin kerf ripping blade. Made in Italy ($38 shipped – see the Marples, CMT, or Diablo 24T when the price tops $40, or as a decent alternative)

- Bosch CB1024C 10” 24T ATB thin kerf fast ripping blade. Country of origin unknown ($12/$10.50 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 from Cripe b/c they combine s/h, but I wouldn’t shell out the full $22.50 shipped for it over the D1024, CMT, or Marples @ $29 …use your judgement)

- Irwin Marples 1807367 10” 40T ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Made in Italy ($33@Lowes)

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

- DeWalt Precistion Trim DW7140PT= 10” 40T ATB thin kerf general purpose blade. Made in China. ($30 @ Lowes)

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

- Irwin Marples 1807368= 10” 50T ATB/R thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy. ($37 @ Lowes)

- CMT ITK Plus P10050 10” 50T ATB/R thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy. Should cut well, but has tiny chips of carbide, which will limit resharpening….compare to the Diablo and Marples first. ($37 shipped @ Amazon.com)

- Freud Diablo D1060X 10” 60T ATB thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy ($40 @ HD)

- Irwin Marples 1807369 – 10” 60T ATB/R thin kerf crosscut blade. Made in Italy ($42 @ Lowes)

- Oldham Pro 100PT80 10” 80T ATB thin kerf fine crosscut/ply blade. Made in the USA ($20/$10.50 s/h from Cripe) (same as the DW3218PT @ ~ $60-$70)

- Irwin Marples 1807370 10” 80T Hi-ATB thin kerf fine crosscut/plywood blade. Made in Italy. ($32 + s/h from Cripe)
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10” full kerf blades (~ 1/8” / 0.125”):

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

- Bosch PRO1024RIPB 10” 24T FTG full kerf rip blade. Made in USA or China depending on which one you get ($14/$11.50 s/h from Cripe, $38 shipped sell-il – pic shows US version) The pics of the US made blade appear to have larger carbide….probably worth specifying which one you want if you order…

- Kempston 99312 10” 24T FTG full kerf rip blade. Made in China. ($33 shipped from Amazon)

- Oshlun SBW-100024 – 10” 24T ATB full kerf rip blade. Made in China. $31.40 from Amazon…free s/h on $35 orders

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

- Delta Industrial 35-7657? 10” 40T ATB full kerf (0.118”) general purpose blade. Made in the US or UK ($18/$11.50s/h from Cripe)
(Same as the former DeWalt Series 60 DW7657, very well regarded….does surprisingly well against blades like the WWII) Best Buy

- Oshlun SBW-100050 10” 50T ATB/R full kerf combo blade. Made in China (currently ($36 shipped from Amazon)

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

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12” Full Kerf Blades:

- Bosch PRO1248CHB 12” 48T TCG full kerf general purpose blade. Made in China ($25/$12.50 s/h from Cripe)

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10” Ultra Thin Kerf Blades (~ 5/64” / 0.079”): I’m not sure how good either of these are, but they’re from a reputable manufacture, and offer a unique 0.079” ITK in a 10” blade for $10+s/h. It’s VERY important that your splitter or riving knife blade is compatible with these blades….as in the blade must be at least as wide as the knife.

- Bosch CBCL1024 10” 24T Ultra Thin Kerf ATB blade w/10° hook. Made in Japan ($10 + s/h from Cripe)

- Bosch CBCL1040 10” Ultra Thin Kerf ATB General Purpose blade w/10° hook. Made in Taiwan ($10 + s/h from Cripe)

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Roger

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 01:50 PM

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 07-04-2013 01:57 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 02:31 PM

Thanks for all the detailed info….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 02:42 PM

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 07-04-2013 04:22 PM

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.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 07-04-2013 05:08 PM

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 07-04-2013 05:14 PM

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 07-04-2013 09:19 PM

Thank you , Scott : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 11:07 AM

good info. Added to favorites. thanks

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 07-05-2013 03:27 PM

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.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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knotscott

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 04:02 PM

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 07-05-2013 11:41 PM

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.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 10-15-2013 10:17 PM

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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#14 posted 11-24-2013 12:48 PM

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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#15 posted 01-03-2014 11:51 AM

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

-- Twitch

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