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Forum topic by michelletwo posted 05-31-2014 06:38 PM 1978 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2014 06:38 PM

does anyone know if any other company makes blades for the festool tracksaw? From festool, they are quite pricey! thanks

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#1 posted 05-31-2014 07:38 PM

Everybody is making them now, even Freud. I bought a couple from Tenryu ( a rip and a crosscut) and they are great. I bought another from Oshlun and while it’s s3erviceable, it’s not the quality of the Tenryu or the Festool. My next one will be one of the Freud blades.

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 08:27 PM

thanks Fred. I’ve heard Tenryu makes a great sawblade. I will buy one of each on your recommendation. the prices sure are good compared to festool!

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 09:21 PM

I have been looking for other 10” blade options for the Kapex and it seems the Tenyru and the Freud are just as expensive as the Festool blades. Looks like the same blades with a larger arbor hole is considerably more expensive

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 09:23 PM

I also like Tenryu blades for my TS 55. If I remember correctly, both the rip and crosscut are the same width. This matters in that you can use the same guide rails with each blade, and not have the guide stripe cut. The guide stripe can still be used as a reference for each blade.

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 10:08 PM

I’m not a festool owner, yet, and maybe won’t be, but could you not simply drill a larger arbor on the drill press? Am I oversimplifying?

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 10:37 PM

Why would anyone want to drill out an arbor hole and risk putting an out of balance blade on a $500 saw to save $40 (or less since better blades last longer)? Only someone with the right tools and experience could enlarge an arbor hole with enough precision to keep the balance.

If I were at the point of trying to save a few dollars on blades, I doubt I’d even consider purchasing a high end tool. I’d just get one of the cheaper brands of track saws then get the cheaper blades.

Festool blades are very good and I’ve never even had to resharpen one yet. I don’t know if the Freud equivalent blades are as good as Festool’s, but they will of course charge more for them since the market will bear more.

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#7 posted 05-31-2014 10:40 PM

I stand rebuked.

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 10:50 PM

I have heard stranger questions and found many on the forum. One has to remember that the circular saw blade needs to be extremely well balanced and the hole needs to be exactly correct. I guess that a machine shop might do a good job but it is just not worth the effort or potential problems.

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#9 posted 06-01-2014 02:49 AM

Now that Dewalt, Makita, Grizzy/Scheppach/Woodstar/Whoever all make a track saw that takes the same 160mm, 20mm arbor blades, the blades are now fairly common. Freud, Oshlun, Dewalt, Forrest and Tenryu all make them.

If cost were no object, I would go with Forrest. They make killer blades. If you want to spend a little less, try the Freud blade that’s $45 or so.

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 10:01 AM

thanks jonah & fred, for answering my question. JAAune, I wanted a good quality crosscut & rip for the plywoods that have glue, and woods with high silica content..the tenryu is 48.00 vs 73.00 for the festool. I find the Festool blades sensational & will keep them on my saw for the majority of my work.

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