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Forum topic by Micheil posted 07-03-2013 01:02 AM 2960 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2013 01:02 AM

Has anyone tried the 10” saw blades that Costco is selling (2 for 24.95)? They appear to be carbide and can be resharpened. Are they junk throwaways or are they worth a try?

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 01:06 AM

I would try them if all I wanted was a blade to cut up junk wood like pallets. There are a lot of cheap blades on the market. They are all made in China. Need I say more?

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 02:30 AM

Costco has little to gain by offering great blades in that package….they also have little knowledge of how to accomplish it, so I’d assume they’re mediocre at best. Two junk blades for $25 puts you within a few dollars of one good blade….Freud Diablo D1040x, DW7140PT, and Irwin Marples 40T in the range of $29 to $31, and all are surprisingly good. To me it looks like a choice between wasting $25 or investing $30 wisely ;-).

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 03:42 PM

Micheil, I have a different story to tell . . .

So many disparage anything made in China (that was once said about anything made in Japan). Like the USA, the Chinese can make good stuff and poor stuff. You just have to have an eye for recognizing quality when you see it.

I have a Hammer K3 48” x 48” sliding table saw that can take a 12” dia. blade. I have always had 10” saws before this and the Hammer came with a top-of-the-line 10” blade. I had been happy with the 10” blade until a project came along that required a 12” blade for a few cuts. Not wanting to invest $120 to $140 for a top end 12” blade just to make a few cuts, I bought a Harbor Freight 96 tooth 12” carbide blade for $36 and sent it off to Forrest Blades to have the arbor hole re-punched to fit the Hammer saw and the two pin holes added adjacent to the arbor hole for another $36. I installed the HF blade and found it to run true and quiet and make silky smooth cuts! That was six months ago and I have kept the HF blade on the saw. I love it!

So don’t listen to the “all Chinese stuff is crap” that so many are ready to throw around. Look over what you are about to buy carefully. Quality is usually evident no matter where it is made. I’ve been around for 73 years and have been building stuff and working with tools since I was ten years old. I’ve seen a lot and done a lot. I remember when “Jap crap” was being thrown around during the 1960s through the 1980s. Now its the Chinese. Both of these countries got off to a rough start after WW-2 and have pulled themselves up by the bootstraps. Don’t sell them short. They are smart people!


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 04:57 PM

One of the problems that can occur with cheap blades is that the solder where the carbide is braised to the saw plate is done to a lower standard. This might be cause for lost teeth down the road. Consider that a single tooth on a typical 3650 rpm tablesaw is traveling at ~1800 ft/sec, you really don’t want those things flying off at you. They will probably hold up for a while, but I would not pay to have them re-sharpened. My approach is to buy the best blades I can afford typically, Freud, paying about $ 70 – $100, when they dull I have them resharpened for about $14. I typically get 5 or so yrs of pretty hard use out of them that and the cost spread out over that time isn’t too bad and in the meantime I get to use some really nice blades. If I ever find that one of my blades is missing a tooth, I chuck it, figuring that it’s useful life is over and that more teeth may be about to fail. That’s just my way of looking at things, it may be cheaper to buy disposable blades and throw them out when dull, but you’ll never get to use a really good blade that way. My experience is that you get what you pay for when it comes to saw blades.

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 05:57 PM

Planeman, you spent $72 for a 12” HF blade, (including the punching of the arbor and alignment holes). I guess I don’t get it.
I just bought the HF 12” compound sliding saw for $124, yanked and stored their blade, and went to Home Depot and bought a nice, 12” 80 tooth Diablo for about $56. Cuts like butta. I think if I needed two alignment holes added, I could have drilled them myself. I’m glad it’s running OK, cause I did put my original HF blade on the shelf just in case, but really don’t plan on using it since the size of the carbide is so small compared to the Diablo it scares me.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 06:14 PM

Consistency is one of my concerns with anything from HF. Even their “gems” that supposedly perform fairly well are likely to have looser tolerances and a higher defect rate than more expensive, allegedly higher quality items. I love my HF DP, but I get concerned about recommending it to others because I’m afraid the next one might not perform as well as mine. It’s very possible that other HF blades with the same model won’t perform quite as well as Planeman’s. If all of those blades perform at the level of a Forrest….great, and shame on me for doubting them, but I’d be really surprised if they consistently stacked up to better blades. Just trying keep things in perspective, b/c even a blind squirrel gets a nut now and then….

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 08:04 PM

Knotscott is right. It is all about the perspective of the user. There is good equipment and not so good equipment.It all depends on what you want to invest in. $100.00 for a Forest WWII seems like a lot of money, but I would venture a guess that it will outlast with better, more accurate cuts than three 50 buck blades…and then have it resharpened by Forrest for $25-$30 plus freight both ways. There are many people on this site who swear by Harbor freight merchandise, and an opposing number who consider it worthless junk. For me, I probably fall somewhere in between, closer to the “junk” end of the spectrum. They are too far from my house here in OKC to bother to drive to, and I really can’t stand the smell in all of the HF stores I have ever been in. It is a combination of rubber and some petrochemical concoction, probably cosmoline. I personally would be afraid to put a 2 for $25 sawblade in my TS. Just because they are carbide tipped, does not necessarily mean that they can be resharpened, since the carbide is so thin and probably pretty brittle. I just think that there are some places that should sell woodworking tools, and others should stay out of the biz. I wouldn’t go to Woodcraft to buy a 250 count bag of frozen chicken wings, so I can’t much see buying my TS blades at Costco. Call me a woodworking equipment snob if you want, but a craftsman is only as good as his tools, in combination with some level of natural skill and his learned abilities. Having a shop full of Festool might make me a better woodworker, but since my perspective concerning the cost/value of their tools is a bit negative, I guess I will never find that out. Just like being a worse woodworker because of a shop full of HF equipment. Neither scenario is going to happen.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 07-03-2013 08:18 PM

My view. If you buy good brand name blades you get excellent results and there’s not need to ask question like this.

In the long run I think you save money with a good blade.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 10:07 PM

re: Tennessee . . .

Remember, I only wanted a 12” blade for a few cuts as I very rarely encounter a need for a 12 ” blade. I was looking for a cheap way out. And, yes, I contemplated re-drilling the arbor hole myself and drilling the two pin holes, however a blade spinning at table saw speed has no tolerance for being slightly off center and out of balance. I thought from a safety point of view it was worth $36 for Forrest Blades to re-punch (not drill) the arbor hole. They are specially set up for this. My story is that I anticipated the possibility of a lesser quality blade that I wouldn’t be using very often. But I didn’t get a lesser quality blade. Its a hell of a nice blade!

As a long time amateur machinist (I have had metal lathes and vertical mills for the past 45 years as well as oxy-acetylene, stick, and MIG welding equipment among a lot of other stuff), I am not at all afraid to tackle metal working. But occasionally I bow to those who are specialists in their field like Forrest Blades.

I do think that with my many years of machining I have an eye for quality in tools. I do see a few poorly made things at Harbor Freight, but they are obviously that to me. There are also many middle-of-the road machines and tools there, but they do the job for a price. Then fairly often I find superbly made things for rock bottom prices. That is what I look for. I have no problem paying top dollar for things I use constantly when no alternative is available, like the recent purchase of $26 for a 7” Japanese-made (remember, that used to be a “crap” word) woodworking float, a type of rasp that cuts so smoothly you hardly have to sand afterwords. And it is worth every dime it cost for the job it does!


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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