|Forum topic by paxorion||posted 10-02-2013 09:20 PM||3665 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
10-02-2013 09:20 PM
When I discovered Lumberjocks a year ago, I found myself quickly adopting the mindset that the big box stores sell mostly junk for the purpose of woodworking. However this view began getting cast into doubt when I noticed that Steve Ramsey appears to be using Dewalt Construction series blades. This led me to pull the trigger on a BOGO Avanti Pro 60T for $25 and installed it into my miter saw a few months ago. So far, I can’t say that I’ve noticed any glaring (performance) issues with it when cross-cutting material, as long as I back up my cuts and take it slow. In addition, it looks like Woodcraft has started stocking Avanti Pro blades online this month.
As an engineer, I do understand that the physics behind saw blade design and construction plays a heavy part in it’s performance. However if I were only working with very cheap material (mdf, pine, poplar), would a better blade offer sufficient advantages to warrant the extra expense over buying a whole bunch of throw-away construction-grade blades (this question would be moot if I moved up to more expensive hardwoods)? For example, points of concern could be…
1 – Cut Quality – Would there be that noticeable a drop in cut quality in cheap material (mdf, pine, poplar), assuming I properly back up cuts (i.e. using a ZCI)