|Forum topic by knotscott||posted 06-26-2014 11:58 AM||1258 views||2 times favorited||17 replies|
06-26-2014 11:58 AM
My son needed to cut some reclaimed pine from an old waterbed and I was concerned about encountering staples, nails, screws, etc., so I dug out an Irwin Classic 40T blade, cleaned it, and tossed it on the saw. I could hear the difference from the second I turned on the saw. It rang, zinged, whined, and ticked my ZCI due to blade runout. The sound from hitting the ZCI gave way after a while, but the ringing sound of cheap steel remained, and made a zinging sound at the end of each cut that was reminiscent of a circular saw. The cut quality was pretty poor…the blade wasn’t new, but was clean, and didn’t appear to have been used much, so I assume it was fairly sharp. What a turd that blade is! That prompted me to pull out 60T Avanti “junk” blade I had on hand (not the Freud Avanti), and got pretty similar results.
It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve used anything less than a very good saw blade on my TS, CMS or circ saw for woodworking purposes. I’ve been preaching buying good blades for a decade or so since I learned that lesson the hard way, but this experience was a flagrant reminder that there IS a huge difference between a well made blade, and cheap blades like those that come stock on most saws and many of commonly found aftermarket blades at homecenters. There’s such a blatant difference….I’ll keep preaching!
Buy – Infinity, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu Gold Medal, Freud Indstrustial, CMT Industrial, Leitz Pro, Everlast, Systimatic, Amana Tool, Guhdo….on a budget buy Freud Diablo, Irwin Marples, CMT ITK Plus, Tenryu Rapid Cut, Oshlun, DeWalt Precision Trim, discontinued Delta Industrial, Onsrud, etc. on clearance. There are some really good 10” blades for as little as $18 if you know where to look! $30 buys a good 10” blade every day from HD or Lowes.
Avoid (for fine woodworking grade cuts) – DeWalt Construction, Oldham Contractor, Avanti/Avanti Pro, WorkForce, Ryobi, HF, Vermont American., Skil, most Sears, Irwin Classic, Irwin Marathon, and most construction grade multi-packs. These have their place, but… If you do any remotely fine woodworking, and go to any lengths at all to make your saw the best it can be, avoid these blades.
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