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11-16-2009 03:19 AM

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One of my habits on Saturday morning is to get my morning coffee and browse the local big box stores. At the blue store, I saw a corner of Wood magazine stating “Best Saw Blades under $50” and bought it. (It was plastic wrapped.)

It is their November issue. Their benchmark for the best of all was WWII and Freud Premier-Fusion, which they state none of the blades tested met. Test was for 20 blades and used 10 criteria that they gave grades for. Grades were A : excellent, B : Good and C : Fair. They cut 3/4” hard maple, 1 3/4” red oak and 3/4” birch plywood.

Top Value was Irwin Classic 15370 (60 tooth) at $25 and then followed by; Rigid R1050C 50 tooth ($40), Frued Diablo D1040X 40 tooth ($37) and Amana PR1040 40 tooth ($49).

The grades given for the top four are quite impressive. For a newbie like me, this is really good info. Also figured out why my Diablo D1024 wasn’t that good at crosscuts. It is a rip blade.

I’m going to get a Rigid R1050C on Monday. It got seven “A” and three “B” ratings.

Lot more good info in the article.

Steve.


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#1 posted 11-16-2009 03:35 AM

Sounds like I will be buying a new blaed too. I was looking at the Frued glue line rip blade.

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 03:38 AM

If you don’t want to buy the magazine, go to your local library. they have all of the blade model number of the ones they tested.

Steve.

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 03:45 AM

Yeah I get Wood magazine and I saw that article. I too was thinking of getting the Freud or the Rigid as an everyday blade to save some wear and tear on my Forrest’s. I want to compare the thickness of the carbide on the two and will probably go with which ever looks thicker, thinking that from a sharpening perspective. If they’re equal I might give the Rigid a try.

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 04:07 AM

Curt – Article does point out that they consider these as “thow away” blade since resharpening 50 teeth is probably more than another new blade.

Steve.

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 04:31 AM

Steve, no not really. I take my blades to the local Rockler who has a local guy resharpen them, and I swear they come back sharper then new. I was told by the store a long time ago that he has the same machine that Freud or Forrest uses, can’t remember which, to sharpen the blades. He can even sharpen Forrest blades to factory specs, a bit of an accomplishment I guess because he had to sign a NDA to get the specs. I think I pay in the range of $11 to $15 to get a blade sharpened depending on teeth, I know I never paid over $20, so a $40 blade is worth sharpening to me. He can even braze on new carbide when a tooth is chipped which happened to me one time on one blade so it saved the blade.

One of my favorite table saw blades is some 40 tooth noname blade I picked up for $10 10 or 15 years ago that I still use and still get sharpened. That blade cuts extremely well when sharp. Once I realized that I wished I had remembered whose it was and where I got it I would have got more but all the marking are long gone. Cleaning (soaking) the blades these days lifts most the markings off so I have started etching that info onto the blades when I get them.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 04:37 AM

Curt – At half the price of new, then it is a deal.

I actually wondered if the resharpen isn’t a bit better than new just because someone is actually examining it rather than an automated process with normal variance built in. My preference has always been to buy a factory remanufactured return since a technician actually looked at it and tweaked it.

Steve.

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 05:50 AM

Closeouts and sale prices can really drop the price of previously expensive blades. You don’t have to spend alot to get a good blade, but it improves your odds of getting a good one. There are lots of good blades for < $50, but it’s important to match the blade up well with your saw and what you want to do. A good quality thin kerf blade can be an asset for a smaller saw. I’m surprised to see that the Irwin 60T did well, as I’ve never been impressed with the Irwin Marathon or Sprint blades, let alone the Classic series…definitely disposable blades. The Ridgid Titanium series is made by Freud (similar to the Diablo 1050 and LU83), so I’m not surprised to see that blade do well, and that one is worth resharpening. The Freud Diablo line is well regarded for value too, and is also worth resharpening. The DeWalt Precision Trim “PT” series (yellow coating) can be an excellent value on sale. Some of the CMT and Amana blades drop < $50 and are also great deals on sale. Sale prices on the Freud Industrial line can drop some models < $50, this is the line with the thicker carbide, and it includes the LU86 (40T), LU83 (50T), and LU88 (60T- one of my favorites). The Porter Cable Razor 50T is a solid value at $30. You may find some hot deals on the Freud TK Avanti line that’s been discontinued too, but be aware not to buy the “Avanti” and “Avanti Pro” line from HD that’s not made by Frued, does not say “Freud”, and are poorly made in China….if it says “Freud” Avanti, it’ll be a good blade…if not, put it back on the rack. I’ve seen the Forrest WWII 30T TK go on sale as low as $57 shipped…that one is definitely worth the extra $7!

If you prefer full kerf blades, the Oshlun line some surprisingly good values…Holbren has good pricing on these. He also has some very good deals on some of the Tenryu blades....~ $45 for the RS25550 is a nice deal on a very good ATB/R combo blade. Cripe Distribution has the Delta 35-7657 on sale for $27 shipped….a screaming bargain in a general purpose blade.

Rustic – The Freud LM74 Glue Line Ripper is a clean cutting rip blade, but won’t do well in thick material, and won’t crosscut well, so be sure it suits your needs.

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