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craftsman317

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402 days ago

Hello Folks,

LONG time lurker. I have learned a lot, use you as a reference guide and find that you are one of my Go-To forums.

Now, I question that I cannot find data points regarding the new Marples line of blades. I hear the connection to the Freud dynasty as well as the new facility in Italy. But, not a lot of “user” nor “pro” guidance in the blade specifics. In my current project, I am trimming out my new floors in kitchen, eat-in area, front foyer entry (porcelin tile) and coming soon, Mirage Oak H/W in adjoining dining room and living room. This includes fresh oak baseboards, oak-skinning the closet jambs and other floor thresholds and casings. I am making my own pieces where I cannot find the exact products to suit.

My Jet contractor saw is behaving admirably and my new Makita 12” slider as well.

The blades: I have a selection of Freud, Diablo, CMT, Amana. Short of filling out my specific needs through Infinti, I wanted to try the Marples line.

So, are they in this league? Also, big question (Knobscot, are you there?) for the table saw, what is to choose from their 10” 80 tooth to the 10” 84 tooth?

Second, what is the recommendation for the 12” slider? How many teeth do I really need for oak 1/8 veneer, mouldings and 3/4” nominal woodwork?

I can’t see a need for more than one quality blade each (table saw, slider) for the desired results for these requirements.

Thanks in advance,
Rich


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Jeff in Huntersville

399 posts in 1829 days


#1 posted 402 days ago

Several reviews on this site about these blades (and others). Type in Irwin Marples in the search box. Check out Lumberjoe’s review: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2934.

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oldretiredjim

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#2 posted 402 days ago

Somebody here reviewed them, too lazy to look it up, and they were highly recommended. Directly compared to Freud. The review was good enough that I put them on my next blade to try list. I think if you search you will find it.

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craftsman317

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#3 posted 402 days ago

Thanks, guys. The ones I have seen all to focus on the combo blade. I do use them but prefer the 42 tooth All-Purpose. I was looking for the higher tooth count “finesse” blades.

I’ll keep looking. Thanks again.

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knotscott

5429 posts in 2010 days


#4 posted 402 days ago

I’m here, but haven’t tried the Marples line, though I’m hearing very good comments from credible sources. They look to be on par with CMT, Freud, DW Precision Trim.

Since this one is one sale, it’s an easy decision IMO!

A blade for a slider should have a low to negative hook angle….nothing much > ~ 5°. For a 12” blade, I’d suggest sticking with full kerf. For veneer, many teeth and a Hi-ATB grind (30° top bevel or greater) will have the least tearout. Infinity, Freud, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, Amana Tool, and others should all have great examples. The Delta Industrial in my bargain blog looks promising, but I haven’t tried that particular model.

See my blog for other blade bargains.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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knotscott

5429 posts in 2010 days


#5 posted 401 days ago

Rich, I see that 80T Marples listing ended….was it b/c you bought it? FWIW, I found another similar deal, so I updated the link in the bargain blog.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Buckethead

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#6 posted 401 days ago

I’m cynical. I have difficulty believing most of what is said about any given product.

For example… Why would I purchase two blades for one saw? A ripping blade and a crosscut? Silly.

I can get by with just a high tooth count blade for both purposes. More is better, right?

Well, after reading a bit, and ripping some 8/4 hard maple stock, I decided to give the Freud ripping blade a go. The difference is like night and day.

So I guess I’m saying that other people’s experience is valuable, even when it coincides with what might be advertisement talking points. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy this site so much. It seems the more I know, the less I learn. For me the trick is unlearning. You seem to have a good grasp on who to listen to, and what to look for. I’m not sure this was helpful, but its a small thank you to LJ as a group for sharing valuable knowledge.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Ripthorn

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#7 posted 401 days ago

To answer the specific question regarding 80 and 84 tooth blades, the difference is the hook angle. I think the 84 tooth has like a -5 hook or something, making it awesome for non-ferrous metals, plastics, etc. The 80 tooth has a standard hook, like 10 degrees or something. As far as a blade goes, there is much more than tooth count, there are things like the hook angle, the gullet size and shape, expansion slots, tooth size (for resharpening), etc.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Buckethead

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#8 posted 401 days ago

Thanks for that too, Ripthorn! I’m learning to listen. :-)

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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aatwatch

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#9 posted 401 days ago

I own the Irwin Marples 50 tooth combo blade as well as the dado set. Happy with both of them. I bought the 50 tooth in a pinch one night because Lowes had them available and was pleasantly surprised at it’s performance, leading me to pick up the dado set.

However, I currently use a 48 tooth WWII and if I had it to do over again I would have put the cash towards the Forrest in the first place. I still use the marples dado and it has served me well to date.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 401 days ago

Has anyone ever done a comparison between the Diablo and Irwin 24 tooth rip blades? I love my Diablos and am hesitant to switch even though Lowes is closer and more “user friendly”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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knotscott

5429 posts in 2010 days


#11 posted 400 days ago

Lumberjoe did that exact comparison, and really liked the Marples. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2934

Rich – Where have you gone?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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craftsman317

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#12 posted 400 days ago

I’m here. Was just enjoying all the info coming out. I guess I’m not the only one that LOVES blades.

I didn’t want to stop the flow but Mr. Ripthorn pretty much answered my question, thank you sir. The 84 tooth is headed for my 10” slider. I had mostly seen reference to the combo and the ripper. I’m fairly well set there with my Freud 410 as my go-to blade. I prefer the 42 tooth multi-purpose versus the 55 tooth combo. Got to get The General when I can swing it.

It is the crosscutting blades I had wondered about, my project involving veneers and trimwork. As I usually use my tablesaw way more than my miter saws, I was asking for help from this forum and got it like I knew I would. And, since I rarely post, on the topic of blades, I just had to type “knotscott” , the single best source on the topic I know of. I sincerely thank you for all your sharing, past and present.

I believe Lowe’s gives no specs of value. Having worked there, I understand that their website, search engine, and overall tactics is to sell to the uneducated consumer. There motto should be “Just Buy What We Got”.

Can any of you tell me that your finishing supplies don’t easily outclass their paint department?

Thanks again everyone, your (our) passion is great !

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 400 days ago

knotscott, Thanks for the link. Not only had I seen this, I even made 2 comments! It’s Hell to get old and forgetful!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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craftsman317

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#14 posted 400 days ago

a BIG +1 on that

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