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02-22-2013 01:11 AM

I’m sure this subject has been beat to death, but here we go again. I don’t know from saw blades. I’m thinkin’ I might be in the market for a new TS blade (10”). I’m still using the stock blade. The dealer I got the saw from says he can probably get me into a CMT general purpose blade for about $50/60. I don’t want to spend $100+ on a razzle dazzle blade, I just want some thing fairly decent.
I was looking at the Freud Combo at HD, 40T $45 as well as the Freud Avanti 10” 2 blade pac. 1 ripping,1 60T. $30 bucks seems kinda cheap. Or the Blue Tornado 2 blade pac at BB $68. I dunno. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

-- Mark

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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 01:22 AM

Think about what you’re cutting. After 30+ years of 10” gourmet (>$100) blades, I switched to a Freud Fusion 8” combo for everything except ripping 2” stock. It’s a much friendlier blade that’ll do 98.7% of a 10” blade.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 01:32 AM

I have been using the Avanti 2 pack and like it but I rarely cut anything over 1 inch thick. I use them until they dull then throw them away.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 01:32 AM

CMT makes good stuff and so does Freud. Whatever you end up getting, you are going to wonder what took you so long to step up to something sweet. If you don’t get that feeling, you didn’t get a very good blade.

My suggestion is to go out to some of the sites that do good evaluations, like Wood Magazine, reviews on this site, etc., and see what sawblades made the cut and which ones didn’t. I’ve read good reviews on blades that don’t cost an arm and a leg an I’m sure some of the new products are even better. Cutting technology has really moved fast in the last 2 years.

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 04:12 AM

knottscot has posted an exhaustive and very informative blog that addresses your question. I use Freud Diablo blades (24 and 40 tooth) from HD and love them. They are very inexpensive and can be resharpened at least once.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 05:24 AM

Mark, I see you’re just down the road in Surrey. You have a great store over there, Canadian Woodworker, that sells CMT blades. They just had a sale end on the CMT Orange 40T GP blade, but I’m sure they’ll run it again soon. It’s a great blade if you need a full kerf. The local HDs around here only sell thin kerf Freud Diablo and Avanti blades, so depending on your saw they may suit your needs (the Freud Diablo 50T combo blade is a decent performer in this class). KMS sells some of the Freud Industrial blades, and of course Lee Valley sells the Forrest WW blades but these are above your stated budget.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 10:18 AM

Which blade to get depends on your saw, your budget, and what you’ll be cutting. Check that the Freud Avanti two-pack is really by “Freud” the US, they no longer make the Avanti line. HD is selling a really crappy Chinese knockoff that uses the “Avanti” and “Avanti-Pro” logos, but they’re not Freud blades….good blades to avoid IMO. If it actually says “Freud”, it’s by Freud. If not, stick with the Freud Industrial, Freud Premier, or their Diablo line if thin kerf is appropriate for you.

Blue Tornado is made in China by Leitz, and is actually a pretty well made blade if you choose the right one for your situation….good value. Oshlun/Avenger is another good value choice if they offer the right blade for you.

CMT is a good line if you get a good blade….I’ve had two underperforming 40T general purpose blades from them. ...just the luck of the draw I guess, but it’s hard to recommend that particular model given my experience with it.

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 04:14 PM

Knotscott. Thank you for that. Every thing you ever wanted to know about saw blades. For my application I think I’m looking foe a good GP blade. I’ll drop down to Canadian Woodworker and have a chat with the boys. Thanks again to all for their suggestions. And again thank you Ks for that out standing report.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-22-2013 04:19 PM

I have a Forrest WW blade, Freud blades, and some of the more industrial ones, but for the money I think the new Iwin Marples blades are amazing. Lowes has the 50 tooth combination blade for $37.00 here and all i can say is it cuts as well as any blade I have. Im considering going back and getting the 80 tooth for crosscutting. Try it out! Its only 37 bucks and if your not happy you can use it on the reclaimed wood you find.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#9 posted 02-22-2013 09:47 PM

For table saw blades, Freud has always been on the top list.

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#10 posted 02-22-2013 10:04 PM

I started with a Freud industrial 50 tooth combo blade. It did fine for anything except ripping thick stock like 6/4 and 8/4. My 1.75 hp contractors saw likes a thin kerf blade better. So I tried a Freud Diable TK 24” rip blade, and I like that one quite a bit. It zips right through 8/4 oak.
I go back to the combo blade for cutting joinery like flat bottomed grooves. I like the rip blade for most cuts.
The Freud 8” dado is essential, and used every day I am in the shop.
The Freud 80 tooth fine finish blade doesn’t get used much. It is good for melamine.
If I was starting over and could only get one, I would get one in the 24-40 tooth range and thin kerf.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 02-22-2013 10:33 PM

I am not a fine furniture woodworker, but for all my cutting needs, Freud blades have never let me down. I think for the price, Freud blades are a good value.

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#12 posted 02-22-2013 10:40 PM

If you gonna rip, use a rip blade.

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David Dean

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 12:25 AM

Well Mark I use a DIABLO blade’s on my saw’s on my table saw I use a 10” 60T Dural purpose and on my miter saw 12” 80T Combination blade and here in my area they run about $34.00 and my last 10” diablo blade cut over 900 bf of oak.

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 04:23 AM

After considerable reading, I went with the CmT 50T GP full kerf. I yaked with the guy at Canadian Woodworker and he let me have it for the now defunked sale price of $55. The first impressions when I got it installed just made me sweat. Great big a$$ teeth. Sharper than my wife’s tongue. That sucker sang to me when I fired it up. It sliced through the 4/4 maple like a hot damn. Real easy saw marks, I would say a glue-able edge fer sure. That being said I still like the idea of a dedicated ripping blade if I get into larger than 4/4. Apparently CW will put these back on sale some time in March for anyone living in the area. Gimme a few days and I’ll try to write a proper review. Thanks again for all the response and suggestions.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 04:27 AM

Sweet, glad you got the sale price, it’s a bargain at that price point.

-- John, BC, Canada

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