better all purpose blade Freud Avanti 40tooth or Dewalt 60tooth

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Forum topic by ajm1555 posted 02-03-2010 11:11 PM 3381 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2010 11:11 PM

I am debating what is a better play for my contractor saw. I am looking for general purpose, but more on the fine wood working end of things.

I am looking at the:

Freud Avanti 40 tooth blade


Dewalt 60 tooth blade with the yellow edge.

Any and all blade related answers would be greatly appreciated. But please keep comments based on these two blades and/or general blade use knowledge.

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 01:22 AM

Depending on what your making the both should do the job.

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 02:44 AM

The 60T DW blade with the yellow edge is from the Construction line (aka Series 20). These blades are not as well made as DW’s Precision trim, former Series 40, or former Series 60 (now the Delta Industrial line), and is not particularly well suited for finewoodworking IMO, so is a blade I tend to not recommend unless for rough framing or construction tasks. If you look beyond the painted edge, you’ll see very small carbide, sloppy brazing, and stamped steel construction…what you don’t see is a lower grade of carbide.

The DW “Precision Trim” trim series (all yellow coating) is more comparable to the Freud Avanti line…the Freud Avanti TK306 40T and DeWalt DW7140PT are reasonably comparable blades, and are both well made blades that are good value blades for fine woodworking. They have better carbide, bigger teeth, laser cut steel bodies, and likely better overall construction….a better choice for woodworking than the DW construction blade IMO. Freud’s Diablo series is very similar to the Freud Avanti line, and both are similar to the Freud Industrial line, but the Industrial line has larger teeth and more choices. Be warned to avoid the “Avanti” and “Avanti Pro” line at HD…Freud discontinued the TK/Avanti line in June 2009, and HD has started to carry a cheap Chinese knock of the Avanti name that is NOT made by Freud, and is NOT associated with Freud…the blades are not suitable for woodworking, and should be avoided/boycotted IMHO.

By increasing the number of teeth on comparable blades, the cut quality improves, but cutting efficiency declines. A blade like the 60T Freud Avanti TK406 will cut more cleanly than the TK306 40T and DW7140PT, but will likely labor the saw more and will be more prone to burning in thicker materials. In this case, the TK406 can still be a good choice if you don’t need to rip much beyond 1-1/4” to 1-1/2”. I personally tend to like the cleaner cut of the 60T, plus it’ll give better ply and sheetgood cuts…one of my favorites was the Freud LU88 and Infinity 010-060 Hi-ATB. You can always add a 24T ripper later for thick stuff if needed.

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