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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 04-26-2011 08:25 PM 2071 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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04-26-2011 08:25 PM

I came across the web site for McGill’s Warehouse while looking for 10” continuous rim diamond blades for tile saws. Then I see they have a huge selection of carbide blades in all sizes and number of teeth… at low prices.

Example: http://www.mcgillswarehouse.com/ItemsList.aspx?ProductID=104182208

I have to wonder: Has anyone tried the carbide blades from McGill’s Warehouse ? Please let me know if they are quality blades… or not.

Thanks. DG

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia


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knotscott

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 09:27 PM

DG – Because a good saw blade makes such a difference in performance and there are so many great blades to choose from that are known entities, I seldom find good reason to risk my money on an unknown. From a glance at their website these blades don’t make a good visual impression, and one look at the price makes me wonder how they could possibly market a decent carbide tipped blade for ~ $14. They’re reminiscent of blades from HF, Homiers, Cummins, Workforce, HD’s new Avanti, and other no name Ebay blades, but since I haven’t tried them personally, I could very well be wrong.

Keep your eyes peeled, you’d be surprised at some of the great blade deals that pop up throughout a year from really good names. Also watch for sales on known bargain lines like Oshlun, Craftex Blue Tornado, Diablo, CMT ITK, and others.

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 12:18 AM

As I have mentioned before, there used to be a low end carbide sawblade mfr. next to me. I became friends with the owner. I learned lots, like there’s carbide, and then there’s carbide. Just like there’s tires, and then there’s tires, and to most anyone’s eye they look the same, but we know from experience they’re not.

Go with a name brand and enjoy the great cuts and the innumerable sharpenings and let a tear come to your eye when it is finally ready to take it to the dustbin, er, metal recycler. Look carefully into that well polished surface. It will be like a mirror and in it you’ll see yourself when you bought it, ten years ago—or more.

Amana, Infinity, Systi-Matic and FS Tool could be added to knotscott’s list.

Kindly,

Lee

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rum

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 08:31 AM

So… I’ve used them, I bought a 10 pack of the 100 tooth 12” blades ($10/ea if I recall correctly). They worked fine for what I bought them for, but fine woodworking blades they ain’t.

Why did I buy them then? I was doing a bunch of laminate flooring cuts. That stuff eats blades like kids eat candy, doesn’t matter what sort of blade you use and after burning up a couple of $60-100 blades in a couple of hours work I was looking for a cheaper solution (yeah yeah $20 sharpening…. blah blah, top quality laminate really burns the crap out of the blades, easier/cheaper to use and toss). They lasted about as long as the nicer blades and because I’m burying the cuts under trim the actual finish doesn’t matter as much. I have a handful left after that project was over and throw them on the compound miter when I’m doing something with some questionable wood and don’t want to risk a nice blade (or just don’t care about the cut if I’m doing framing/rough work).

tldr: they work fine for rough work, last ok, mediocre finish.

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 09:08 AM

I appreciate the first two posts. Absolutely. Better blades are best for finer work. Our mainstay blades are Dewalt 80 tooth and Irwin 40 and 80 tooth. But, we have a Forester and a Freud or two as well.

The problem is that if we (in our remodeling business, not my personal shop) put a new 80 tooth Dewalt on the 12” miter saw, I’ll be damned if it doesn’t get left on there after that finish trim job and then is next used to cut laminate or 3/4” oak flooring or even hardi plank… instead of putting a cheap new or lesser tooth used blade for that crap work. I have to hide the Bosch jamb saw blades, too and dole them out one at a time or else I’ll have six half used $13 blades floating around.

So I was wondering where those blades fell in the quality and longevity classifications FOR THE PRICE. The guys are using pine trim and Poloma casing, etc. that will be primed and painted 95% of the time, so these might be good to have around for that.

Rum, I appreciate the user feedback. Pretty much what i would have guessed, but nice to hear from an actual user.

DG

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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