|Review by StumpyNubs||posted 12-03-2011 01:19 AM||5217 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I’m an impulse buyer. Throw something on an end cap with a bright sign on it and it’s in my shopping cart faster that you can say “my wife is going to be cheesed off…” So I only had to walk past this deal at Woodcraft before I was ready to pull out my wallet.
It’s a 60 tooth, ATB fine finish blade by Trend. The regular price is $60, which is the usual range for a good quality blade. (If you want premium, you have to go over a hundred). But the sale was for this blade at $40, PLUS a free bottle of Trend Blade and Bit Cleaner, which I was going to buy anyway at $12. So I got $72 in value for $40, not quite half off, but it was good enough to hook me.
First off, I never complain about the packaging of a product. I buy the blade, not the package. But this time I can’t help myself. They glued the label to the front of the blade, put some more adhesive on the back and encased it in a plastic “clamshell”. I shouldn’t have to scrape adhesive goo off my new blade… I’m just sayin…
The blade is well machined, but not polished like some. The teeth are thick and well brazed, they’ll be good for a lot of sharpening. It passes all visual inspection.
It cuts very clean, eating it’s way through my walnut test piece like a fat guy through a stick of butter. Virtually no tear out, and a smooth finish across the end grain. What more can you ask for?
As for the cleaner- it’s great! I used it on a Freud blade with nearly brown teeth from cutting a lot of pine. Let it sit a couple minutes and you can wipe it clean with a paper towel! It dissolves sap and grime like magic.
I did a video review, including showing the blade in action for the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking. Watch it here if you like: Stumpynubs.com (Note, the review is at the 4:40 mark if you don’t want to watch the whole episode, but you should because the ending is great…)
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