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#1 posted 02-28-2015 06:12 PM

I am going to speak a horrible heresy here . . .

Try a Harbor Freight blade. (I can hear the screaming now!) Yes, a Horrible Freight blade. Here is a little story about how I found out how good these blades are. First of all, I am not a newbie. I am 74 years old and have been woodworking for over 60 years. I have done commission woodwork ( custom furniture) for some very prominent architects in the past so my skills are excellent. I just state this for my qualifications.

A couple of years ago I installed a new $4,000 Hammer sliding table saw in my shop. It came with a 10” blade with the European style arbor hole (two locating pins just outside of the arbor hole) so my old blades didn’t fit. I used the 10” blade for a few months until I encountered a need for a 12” blade to cut some moldings (yes, the Hammer saw is a 12” saw). I only needed to cut eight cuts to get the job done. As I am retired now and on a fixed income, I watch my pennies. I hated to pay around $130 for a blade to do eight cuts. I happened to be walking through the local Harbor Freight store when I rounded the corner and came upon the saw blade display. I saw a 12” blade with 96 carbide teeth that was priced at $36. The hole was the American standard 1/2” hole with no pin holes, but I knew Forrest blades was capable of re-punching the hole to the slightly larger European size and adding the locating pin holes. I bought the blade and called Forrest Blades in New Jersey. Yes they could do the job for around $35. That was a $60 savings not including the postage. I installed the “cheap” HF blade on my $4,000 saw and it worked beautifully! It ran absolutely straight and gave nice glass smooth cuts! I have kept that blade on the saw now for almost two years and still love it. I never put the 10” blade back on.


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