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03-17-2018 12:15 PM

I was going to swing by Home Depot later today to pick up a new blade for my 7-1/4 handheld circ saw when I figured I’d lob the question out there to see if you had advice first. I plan to use this on both cross cuts and rip cuts on plywood to break down big sheets with a homemade track. If it is good enough for finish cuts it would be awesome. Thoughts? I can wait to ship one here if it’s worth it.


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#1 posted 03-17-2018 12:40 PM

Freud – the more teeth the better.

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#2 posted 03-17-2018 12:50 PM

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#3 posted 03-17-2018 12:58 PM

Plywood? Best Finish?

Yes, max number of teeth available and ATB grind like one you posted.

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#4 posted 03-17-2018 01:03 PM

Is Freud the king of small blades? What about Forrest or Amana or anyone else?

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#5 posted 03-17-2018 01:07 PM

I’d go 40T to 60T. The Forrest is likely a little better, but HD doesn’t carry it, and the Freud is likely more than up to the task and a much better value. The Forrest will be roughly 3x-5x the price.

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#6 posted 03-17-2018 01:10 PM

I’m not in a hurry, if I can find it in Amazon with free shipping it’s all the same to me.

Thanks for the help everyone.

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#7 posted 03-17-2018 01:13 PM

You recommend 40-60 tooth. Would 60 be worse at rip cuts? Generally those have less teeth. Though I guess plywood is a different animal.

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#8 posted 03-17-2018 01:17 PM


You recommend 40-60 tooth. Would 60 be worse at rip cuts? Generally those have less teeth. Though I guess plywood is a different animal.

- jamsomito

Depends on how you define worse….there are always pros and cons. 60T will leave a cleaner finish, but will produce more heat and increase the chance of burning. 40T will cause less heat, but won’t cut quite as cleanly. There is no clear cut winner of which is ideal…it really depends on the material and the setup of the saw, the speed you cut at, etc. Either should be fine. I have a 6” Freud 60T that does well in ply, so the 7-1/4” diameter will be similar to having slightly less teeth.

If you’re not a Freud fan, the CMT ITK Plus series should be comparable.

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#9 posted 03-17-2018 01:19 PM

Nah, I have a Freud blade on my table saw and it has been great for me. I’ll look into the CMT though, thanks.

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#10 posted 03-17-2018 05:32 PM

Went with the Freud 40t plywood blade they had in stock. $20. The only price i could find on the forrest was $100, didn’t think it was worth it. Thanks for the tips.

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#11 posted 03-17-2018 06:16 PM



Went with the Freud 40t plywood blade they had in stock. $20. The only price i could find on the forrest was $100, didn t think it was worth it. Thanks for the tips.

- jamsomito


Unless you’re using your circular saw as your final cut finishing blade I wouldn’t agonize over it. I think I’ve changed mine twice in 10 years.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 03-17-2018 06:29 PM

That’s $80 well saved IMO. Now you have a nice new blade suitable for the task, AND can take someone special to dinner!

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#13 posted 03-17-2018 06:44 PM

I use Freud 40T blades on my circular saw and my table saw….can’t beat them, IMHO

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#14 posted 03-18-2018 12:41 AM

I bought the Freud Diablo Ultrafinish 60T blade last month at HD for breaking down plywood. Very impressed. Also bought a Freud blade and a Diabloblade for my miter saw. I have a Forrest ww2 blade on my table saw but FWW latest issue rated the Freud fusion blade higher. I am sold on Freud blades. Also tossed my 140T Amanda plywood 7 1/4” blade. Terrible.

-- David, Kentucky

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#15 posted 03-18-2018 03:46 AM

I use Freud Diablo blades in all my circular saws, ( pretty much in ALL my saws ). I have a selection of different tooth counts for different uses. I am sure there may be better blades out there, but for the price and how good of a job they do, I will stay with the Freud.

-- MEL, Kansas

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