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Forum topic by StumpyNubs posted 11-30-2010 06:57 PM 1031 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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StumpyNubs

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11-30-2010 06:57 PM

Just got the new Woodcraft ad and they have a set of three trend blades (Rip, crosscut & fine finish) in a nice aluminum storage case for $99. I’ve never tried the trend blades, but am in the market for some new mid-range blades, so wondered if anyone has tried them and if they think the price is good.

I know there are a lot better blades out there, so that isn’t the question. I wonder, though, how these compare to the Freud ones I usually buy (the red ones that runa bout $40 each)

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 07:55 PM

I do not have any Trend blades nor have I ever used any, sorry I cannot help.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 03:38 AM

From what I could see in the pictures they looked pretty run of the mill, but I’ve not tried them so take this with a grain of salt. There are a lot of outstanding and well proven choices for $100. I wouldn’t take the risk on an unknown at that price point. IMHO it’s better to buy one or two known entities for $100. Infinity, Forrest, Freud, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu, CMT, Amana, Systimatic, DeWalt/Delta all have premium offerings in the $100 range that would serve well.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 04:27 AM

Agree with Knotscott. Sometimes less (fewer blades) is more (can do many things with one).

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 04:49 PM

I went to woodcraft and took a look at them, and I was not terribly impressed. The blades are machined well and the teeth brazed nicely, but the carbide is thin and they don’t have the features of even the $40 Freud blades (higher quality carbide, thicker teeth, heat reducing coating, etc)

For $33 each and a free case I think it would be better to just let them pass and spend $40 each on the Freud’s at home depot if you’re looking for inexpensive blades.

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 05:10 PM

Honestly, I looked, and had the same reaction to them as you did Jim… I wouldn’t even call them run of the mill… They seemed cheap, very thin teeth / carbide. Kind of like blades from Harbor Freight. (You have never, and never will see me be willing to buy HF blades…). I do have a couple of the Freud Diablo blades from Home Depot, and they are well worth every penny. Maybe not up to the level of the Tenryu, or a Woodworker II, but they are still nice blades…

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 05:47 PM

Jim, I know you asked about a certain type of blade, but I just bought one of these and I have never used a smoother cutting blade in 28 years as a carpenter. They were on sale when I bought it, will probably go back on sale sometime.

It was probably Knotscott that made me aware of the sale, whoever it was, thanks.

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