|Review by dsb1829||posted 08-25-2008 10:28 PM||1833 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I have been using cheap and hand-me-down blades ever since I got my first tablesaw a couple years ago. Sawing has always been loud. Smoke and dust always looming in the near future for anything thicker than 1/2”. I hadn’t been too pleased with my last purchase. Go figure $10 is not going to cut too well.
So I was in Lowe’s the other day. I had a $10 coupon that required me to get my total up to $50 to use. I was drawn over to the saw blades by the Ice finish on the Freud blade, but immediately turned off by the price. Then I notice the Hitachi 310878 for $28. It looks nice, has ATB design, 40t, and what’s that in the corner? It’s a satisfaction guarantee. I know there are some choice quotes about guarantees (watch Tommy Boy if you need a refresher). But for the price and with a basically no questions asked return available I took it home.
Once out of the demon spawned plastic package (you know the ones you have to destroy to get open) I noticed the heft of the blade. It had a very solid feel to it. I also noticed that it was damped and emitted no audible ring when checked with a knuckle.
I installed it in my saw and immediately ran some 3/4” mdf through it. The cut was way faster and cleaner than on my other blades. Also to my surprise the saw is noticeably quieter during the cut. Over the weekend I ran about 60 linear feet of 8/4 and 6/4 hard maple through the blade. It took it all in stride. Excellent surface finish on the cuts with little to no burning (only in spots where I stopped feeding during the cut). Gotta say this little blade has won me over. Time will tell on durability, but initial results are quite nice. I am only going to cut it 4 stars since I have only put a couple of projects through it.
-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama