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 $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 (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.
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.
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Last updated on 1/23/15:
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)
- Freud Industrial LU87R010 10” 24T FTG thin kerf ripping blade. Made in Italy ($38 shipped – see the Marples 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 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 @ amazon)
- Freud Diablo D1060X 10” 60T ATB thin kerf combo blade. Made in Italy ($39 @ HD)
- 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)
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)
- 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 ($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)
12” Full Kerf Blades:
- Bosch PRO1248CHB 12” 48T TCG full kerf general purpose blade. Made in China ($25/$12.50 s/h from Cripe)
- Kempston 99364 12” 72 T full kerf (looks to be ATB, but doesn’t say), negative hook. Made in China (($40 shipped from Amazon)
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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