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#1 posted 10-22-2012 02:16 AM

Adding to knotscott’s thoughts, I have an older blade, sometimes one with a bad tooth or two, that I use on suspect boards (dirty, may contain a surprise nail . . . ) or when quality of cut is not important. I use only carbide – steel blades go dull way too fast and are simply not worth it. It’s worth noting that not all carbides are created equal. 5 blades in a year is a lot ! – a good quality carbide blade should be able to cut pine for a long time . . . For the most part, you get what you pay for. Cheap carbide blades use cheap carbide for teeth and are not going to stand up like a Freud, Forrest or other good quality blade, not to mention that often the cheap blades use less carbide and can’t be sharpened as many times. Sharpening your own blades is (as far as I can tell) a thing of the past, especially with carbide.

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