|Forum topic by ferstler||posted 02-04-2011 11:47 PM||1761 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-04-2011 11:47 PM
I was looking through my Grizzly catalog and saw an entry for an Oldham 12-inch crosscut blade, model number 120C480. This seems to be their premium thin-kerf crosscut blade. I tried looking on the internet for some reviews and comments, but there were none, beyond some vague specifications from various sales sites. Nothing about hook angle (important with a sliding saw, which is what I have) or even the specific kerf size. Oldham seems to work this way, which makes me suspicious.
Still, there is the price issue. I think this is a fairly new blade. Amazon sells it for about $46 (indicating a list price of $86), and a few other sites have it at around $32. Grizzly sells it for $30, and so if it is decent and the list price really is $86 bucks that would be a great deal.
However, it may be a dog, and I do not care to pay for a dog of a blade. I already have a superb Freud Industrial LU91 for more precision and detailed work with my sliding miter saw (a Ridgid MS1290), and also have the borderline decent Ridgid blade that came with the saw for use with rough and tumble and risky wood work. However, I would like to have a somewhat better blade than the Ridgid blade, even if the additional blade is not quite as good as the Freud. The Oldham might be fine for work that does not require absolute precision, and this would save wear and tear on the Freud.
Any help would be appreciated.