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Forum topic by Alex1453 posted 08-21-2011 07:04 AM 1611 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alex1453

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08-21-2011 07:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: circular saw blade saw woodworking

Now that I’ve finally got a circular saw that I like, the Bosch 1678, it’s time to look for a blade. Beyond the typical parameters of my last search (i.e. NOT being made in China), for the blade itself, I’m looking for a blade that has a diamond arbor, used predominantly for woodworking (I guess that’s kind of obvious on this forum, right?), and has at least 36 teeth (I’m planning on using it mostly for finishing). So what do you guys think?

Also, though I’m doing some checking myself, I know a lot of you guys like Freud, which seems to be a quality blade and not made in China; however, I have been able to find some blades made by American companies, so I would love to get your opinions on these as well.

What do you think/know about blades from the following American makers? Do you know of any others?

Diamond Saw Works

Forrest

Unicut

The Blade Manufacturing Co.

Oldham

-- Alex


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Karson

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 07:12 AM

We use a forrest blade at the toy making workshop and we get very good life.

We usually cut every day that we are working and on some days we have the saw on for the entire day. We have greater use than a normal homeowner workshop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 01:51 PM

I’d be surprised if the current Oldham 7-1/4” blades are actually made in the US, though they are a US company…regardless, their cheapy circular blade series available at many homecenters are lousy blades IMO. Forrest is definitely made here…excellent/expensive blades. Ridge Carbide are made in the US, and are similar to the Forrest blades. Freud, and the Ridgid Titanium line are made in Italy, some of the CMT blades are made in Italy, others are made in the European Union and are all decent quality blades. Amana are also quality blades not made in China…some are made in Israel, some in Germany, depending on which series you choose. Never heard of the others you listed.

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 02:01 PM

Irwin Marathon, deWalt and even Skil have some decent inexpensive carbide blades that last on a 7 1/4” saw. I don’t let myself go overboard on the little (less than 10”) blades.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 04:10 PM

Not Chinese…..Japanese, but I sure like Tenryu’s blades and use them on all my saws.
Choose the correct tooth count for your application and, with a good guide, you can make plywood or solid wood cuts that need no further milling. Cross cuts in solid wood leave a near glass like surface.
Hefty carbide and excellent life between sharpening.
Been making saw dust for 40 years. Used about every major brand out there. IMHO, Tenryu is the best.

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 04:54 PM

Tenryu is a Japanese company, and some of their premium offerings are made in Japan (le: Gold Medal GM25540), but it’s worth noting that many of the Tenryu blades are made in China (like the Rapid Cut series RS25540 and RS25550). Many blade companies have multiple series that include multiple quality levels, that are manufactured in multiple countries, so you need to check on an individual basis.

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PutnamEco

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 07:09 PM

Count me as another one in the Freud camp. Their Diablo blades are on most of my saws right now. I’m really a fan of their Demo Demon blades. They stand up to a lot of abuse. Their finishing blades work really well too. If I need finer work than these blades deliver I’m NOT going to be using a regular circular saw. I agree with Gene Howe on the Tenryu, they also make a quality blade, I can’t reliably source them locally like I can with the Diablo blades though. They hold their edge a little better than the Diablos but they do cost a little more. I seem to recall they will take one more sharpening than the Diablos will. YMMV

Hilti also has sells blades, although I’m not sure of their origin as mine are worn and can no longer be read.

Diamond arbor blades are most often construction orientated.

I don’t believe you will find a Forrest blade that will fit your specs. They are quality blades and I would not hesitate to endorse. It is not economically feasible for me to use their blades on my portable circular saws though.
The Blade Manufacturing Company has some great blades, One of the few manufacturers that offer circular knives. They are pricey, but worth it IMHO. Again good luck with that diamond arbor.

I’m not a fan of putting $70 blades on regular portable circular saws, as I can’t cut accurately enough to warrant it with this type of saw. If your going the track saw route, it may be worth it.

Interesting choice of saw for finish work, unless your finishing decks or timber framing. I usually prefer a much lighter saw for finish type work. Would love to hear the reasoning behind why you decided on this saw.

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