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Review by knotscott posted 06-13-2009 07:50 PM 2392 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The 50T Infinity Combomax is the best 50 tooth combination blade I’ve tried to date. This is an extraordinarily well made blade that uses a unique ATB/R configuration that features a chamfered raker instead of the traditional flat top raker. It has very low tearout for this class of blade, and is particularly good in sheetgoods, while maintaining good ripping abilities due to it’s 12° hook.

Any blade that’s designed to do multiple tasks has some inherent compromise relative to a comparable quality blade that’s designed to do a specific task….there’s really not much getting around that. The Combomax does a very nice job ripping and crosscutting hardwoods, softwoods, fine plywood, and manmade materials like melamine and MDF. It excels in versatility and does a surprisingly good job of many cuts in many materials. It’s a great blade to leave in the saw for most applications and leaves a clean enough cut for fine furniture and cabinetry without the need to switch blades. The edges are not quite as polished as with a Ridge Carbide TS2000, Infinity Super General, or Forrest WWII, but it easily provides glue ready edges, and has very low occurence of burning. It more than holds it’s own against more similar combo blades like the Freud LU84R011, Leitz 50T, DW7150, DW7640, and PC Razor. Relative to a blade intended for a specific task, the 010-150 falls short in the same areas that the venerable Forrest WWII and other top shelf general purpose blades. For instance, thick hardwoods of more 2” are better suited for a more aggressive 18 to 24 tooth specialized ripping blade, though the ripping blade will leave a rougher edge. Given enough power, the Infinity will chomp through those thick materials but it labors the motor more than a good specialized ripper would. The Combomax does a really nice job in crosscuts and sheetgoods too, and in most cases leaves a suitably clean edge, but for the ultimate in glassy smooth polished edges a good dedicated 80 tooth crosscut blade has the upperhand. The downside of the 80T blade is that it won’t handle thicker material well, won’t rip well, and has more of a tendency to burn woods. The specialized blades lack versatility and have a much narrower useful range, and therefore need to be changed to handle only their specific task to obtain best results.

The Combomax is a very nicely made blade that’s not overly expensive and represents very good performance, excellent versatility, excellent quality, and a very good value. It’s also available in a full kerf version as the 010-050. It rates 5-stars on sale, and a strong 4-stars even at regular price.

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 01:04 AM

Thanks for the review knotscott, if you do not mind me asking…what do they run $$$$ wise ?

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 01:08 AM

Hey Scott
good review, your the blade guy.

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 01:21 AM

Thanks guys….IIRC, the Combomax is regularly ~ $69

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 04:56 AM

Where is it made ? The “edges are not quite as polished” as 3 other brands but it get a strong 5 stars on price and 4 stars otherwise?

-- http://www.federalsaw.com

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#5 posted 06-14-2009 05:15 AM

Very interesting. This Infinity company is located in Tampa, Fl….I am in St Pete, which is across the bridge from Tampa , I’ve been in this biz for 24 years and have never heard of them. Furthermore, after looking at their site, I clicked on the “we now do sharpening” line, got a pdf on on pricing and had to remind myself that this is not comedy central! Did this company go by another name in the past?

$22.00 to sharpen a 10”x60T and $25.00 to sharpen a 10”x80T ? And, you get “free return shipping.” I guess so being that the price of sharpening is literally TWICE the reasonable going rate for those sizes.

While Infinity and their products may be the best thing since sliced bread in a night baseball park, I just have to ask the criteria for reviews around here and who gets how many stars out of what?

-- http://www.federalsaw.com

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#6 posted 06-14-2009 11:03 AM

Made in Italy, engineered in the US. You got the quote wrong ...”It rates 5-stars on sale, and a strong 4-stars even at regular price.” (price is a factor IMO).

I was under the impression that the rating system was totally up to the reviewer….should I have checked with an approved authority first?

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#7 posted 06-14-2009 01:43 PM

”$22.00 to sharpen a 10”x60T and $25.00 to sharpen a 10”x80T ? And, you get “free return shipping.” I guess so being that the price of sharpening is literally TWICE the reasonable going rate for those sizes.”

I paid $16 to have a 40T blade sharpened locally…$22 with return shipping for a 60T blade doesn’t seem bad at all to me.

Something about stones and glass houses comes to mind though…

Amana Tools 610504 10” 50T combination blade from Federal Saw and Tool:

Combination Ripping & Crosscut
Combination Ripping & Crosscut, 8” to 16”, 15° Hook, Combination Grind 4 ATB and 1 Raker

Selected options:
Tool_No.: 610504
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$71.40 x = $71.40

Delivery method:
UPS 2nd Day Air® – 2 days ($34.64)
UPS Ground ($7.11)
UPS Next Day Air® – 1 day ($69.13)

Your invoice may vary from the displayed reference rates

Subtotal: $71.40
Shipping: $7.11

Total: $78.51

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Amana Tools 610504 from Amazon.com:
Amana Tool 610504 Combination 10-Inch x 50 Tooth 4ATB+1 Raker 5/8-Inch Bore Saw Blade
Other products by Amana Tool

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List Price: $95.20
Price: $49.09 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details
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In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

What benefit do I get when I spend nearly $30 more for the same blade from Federal Saw vs going with a competitor?

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