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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-04-2014 10:10 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2014 10:10 PM

I’ve been working with tools for over 60 years and after all that time, I thought I knew a thing or two about saw blades; but after visiting this website,, I realized how little I really knew. I’m not the typical woodworker. I like to dig deep into the workings and technologies that we all use. I’m not satisfied that a saw blade cuts well, but why and how. That’s why I recommend highly the Carbide Processors site, if you are so inclined. Reading through this website is like going to a school of saw smithing. They talk about things like saw blade tensioning; not just what it is, but how to do it; types and grades of carbides.

Additionally, I came across a relatively new type of carbide tooth grind, that puts a concave surface instead of a flat surface on the sides of the tooth. The new Dewalt blade I just bought has this concave grind. I contacted a maker of saw sharpening machines (Vollmer) and they replied that the concave grind provided a smoother cut and didn’t affect the life or cutting action. I’ve attached a sketch to illustrate this. I hope this information is of interest to you. Provided as a public service.

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 10:24 PM

That was interesting….I wonder if it really makes a difference or a marketing tool of some kind.

I have looked at Carbide Processors and they have some interesting blades and reported to be high quality. I will be needing a new blade soon and have been looking at the premium type blades offered by Infinity, Carbide Proccessors, Freud and of course the Woodworker II. I may end up flipping a coin to determine which one.

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 11:27 PM

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