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richgreer

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1499 days ago

I just got the latest copy of ShopNotes. I saw an article about TS blades and I was very impressed by what I read about the Micro-Kerf 40. It’s kerf is 1/16th of an inch. That is quite a bit thinner than the kerf on a normal narrow kerf blade. The kerf is literally “as thin as a dime”.

Per the article, it makes a very clean cut and uses less power and wastes less material. It comes with a built in stabilizer that helps keep the blade flat and stable.

Then I checked prices at Rockler. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22633&filter=micro%20kerf

At $175 it is expensive but it certainly cost less than buying a more powerful saw.

Does anyone have experience with this TS blade?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 1499 days ago

Not me. But, I’ve read some reviews that state that it can’t be sharpened except with special equipment generally not available to smaller sharpening shops. All the reviews did like the cut but not the price.

See the comments here http://toolmonger.com/2010/03/05/micro-kerf-blade-pinches-dimes-not-pennies/

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 1499 days ago

Yikes, pricey for a blade. I find my old contractor’s saw with a thin kerf WWII blade (not cheap), link belt, machined pulleys, and 220 volts handles things well. But I will admit I have not given it any tough tests yet. This will be interesting to follow. Wonder if it will become a new standard…......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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gjd

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#3 posted 1498 days ago

The Shopnotes article did say that the manufacturer would resharpen the blade for $20 American.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1498 days ago

I was just looking at that article myself. My first thought was that a kerf that thin, a custom splitter would be a must.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 1498 days ago

Honestly I think that’s cool. It would be good for expensive woods. But honestly I wouldn’t want to introduce that to something really hard because it’s so thin.

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jusfine

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#6 posted 1498 days ago

I just read a while ago where Forrest has a ultra thin kerf blade now too.
Since using them for the past 12 years, I find it hard to switch, or even try new blades since most have been a waste of money, and I just go back to Forrest.

Fine Woodworking had a note about a thin kerf Freud that cut as clean as the Forrest blades for half the price.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1498 days ago

Shiop Notes was in the mail box today. Looks like i’m behind already :-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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richgreer

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#8 posted 1498 days ago

I hope some other magazine does some serious testing of this blade. The Shop Notes article really only introduced the blade and gave us the writer’s impressions.

Some testing could tell us how much faster it cuts and how well it holds up under different circumstances. My intuition is that it would need more frequent sharpening than a conventional thin kerf blade.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 1498 days ago

What causes the price to be so high? $175 for a blade with half the steel of standard TK’s seems very expensive. Is it economy of scale?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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richgreer

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#10 posted 1498 days ago

“What causes the price to be so high?”

I can’t answer that question. The same question can be asked about a lot of tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 1498 days ago

In many cases with expensive tools, it’s a matter of quality levels being higher, manufacturing quantities being lower, and performance being better overall. I understand why a Forrest WWII, Infinity Super General, Tenryu Gold Medal, or Freud Fusion blade cost more than an Irwin Marathon blade….they have better grade steel plate, tighter tolerances, larger teeth, higher grade carbide, state of the art design, and superior sharpening, but I’m sincerely curious what the Micro-Kerf 40 offers that makes it cost 75% more than other premium blades. The built in dampening system obviously adds some cost.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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JimDaddyO

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#12 posted 1498 days ago

I just bought a Freud thin kerf 24 tooth ripping blade (TK206) for $35 CDN on sale. That is a big price difference. Oh ya, I love the blade. Going to buy a 40 tooth blade from freud too.

-- I still have all my fingers

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 1492 days ago

I got an email from Rocklers with their 20% off any one item, etc.

I saw the item in their products…

I called my store to find out if it was eligible for the 20% OFF!

YES! IT WAS!! He verified it to be sure…

I went down there and BOUGHT one! $140 before sales tax!

It really looks COOL… I have not had a chance to put it into the saw yet…

Hopefully tomorrow I will cut some wood with it… If it cuts like the demo Video on the Rockler site, IT IS A WINNER! Up to this time, I thought the WW II was the best since sliced bread… I think it will fall to second best.

Revolutionary Micro Kerf Blade, Cuts as Thin as a Dime!

I’ll let you know how it works for me! I’m excited! Feel like a kid again! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rance

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#14 posted 1492 days ago

Yeah knotscott, but on the other hand, they use much less carbide, which should offset some of those added costs.

Personally, I put products like this in the category of “over expensive tools”. Another one is the kerfmaker. Yes they are good, but the mfrs. are overpricing the value of the tool, rather than simply charging for NRE & manufacturing costs.

If did a LOT of work with extremely expensive exotics such as Ebony, then I might consider one of these, but for the average WW, I think they’ve priced themselves out of a much bigger market.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Gene Howe

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#15 posted 1492 days ago

Well guys, there is another way to look at prices for tools. For instance, the Kerfmaker rance references. I have had more fun with my Kerfmaker than the cost would justify. Not woodworking for a living, I can afford the luxury of simply enjoying the process. A tool that is fun to use and is well made certainly increases that enjoyment. I’m sure the Micro Kerf blade would be one of those tools.
A waste of $?? Probably not as much as a monthly bottle of Scotch, or a dinner and movie every so often, which I enjoy, also. And, a good tool lasts a lot longer!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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