LumberJocks

Compound Miter Saw Blade Selection Help - Suggestions - How much $$ is neded?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by ratdog posted 01-27-2009 03:14 PM 5592 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ratdog's profile

ratdog

1 post in 3407 days


01-27-2009 03:14 PM

Hi Guys -

I recently acquired a Dewalt 12” dual compound miter saw (swapped out for a 10”). In any case, the blade on it needs to be replaced. I use the miter saw primarly for trim work (baseboards, some crown) and to cut wood flooring. I only use this saw when working on my own house, so there are no revenues that go to funding this cause. With that said, as I continue to learn the finer points of carpentry, I understand when good tools do make a significant difference. I’m trying to decide on which blade to purchase. I’ve looked on Amazon and there doesn’t seem to be any consensious on blades nor any other site that does a good job at reviewing blades. Without having to read between the lines, I’m trying to identify if I can get away w/ an industrial blade in the 40 dollar range, a Amana blade in the 60 dollar range, a Freud in the 90 dollar range or do I need to sell some boby parts and get a top tier blade (Freud 85 or Forrest)

Some thoughts…..

If money was no object, from the amount of positive feedback, I would consider getting a ‘Freud Lu85’, priced at 125.00. http://www.amazon.com/Freud-LU85R012-12-Inch-Crosscutting-PermaShield/dp/B0000223IC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1233061061&sr=8-2

I did make an attempt to buy from a local tool shop, however, they were out of the blade they typically stock: ’Amana MD12-900’ (cut-off/crosscut) – Anyone use this blade? It’s priced well 62.00 , just can’t find any reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Amana-MD12-900-CUT-OFF-CROSSCUT-12x90T/dp/B000K9HRUC

Another blade I was looking at is the ’Freud Lu91’ - priced at 79.00 – however, the details for this blade indicate that it’s for a sliding compound saw (mine is not) – Can this still be used on a non-sliding saw and is this a good choice? http://www.amazon.com/Freud-LU91R012-12-Inch-Sliding-PermaShield/dp/B0002TUFXG/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1233061403&sr=1-16

Can I just get by w/ an industrial blade like the ’Hitachi 726101’, priced at 46.00 http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-726101-12-Inch-Crosscutting-1-Inch/dp/B0006HKB42/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1233011445&sr=1-3 or a Makita blade?

Thanks for any input / help: greatly appreciated!

greg


11 replies so far

View Peter Oxley's profile

Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 3875 days


#1 posted 01-27-2009 04:14 PM

I have the LU86 on my saw, and really like it. But I’m sure I didn’t pay that much for it. Shop around. I’ve actually found good prices on saw blades at Woodcraft.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com/woodworking -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3822 days


#2 posted 01-27-2009 05:34 PM

Greg, I have usually bought tools on the advice a friend of mine, who is a pro, once gave me and that was to buy the most tool your budget will allow. The times I have failed to heed this advice I have come to regret it. With that said I have tried several different blades and now only use Forrest for all my saws. The miter saw blade will set you back $140+ but I am completely satisfied not only with all of my blades’ performance in cutting wood, trim and flooring but also with their longevity.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Tom Walz's profile

Tom Walz

4 posts in 3418 days


#3 posted 01-27-2009 06:29 PM

http://www.carbideprocessors.com/store/systimatic-miterbox.html

True industrial blade at a big discount

Tom

-- Newtoolstom www.carbideprocessors.com

View HokieMojo's profile

HokieMojo

2104 posts in 3728 days


#4 posted 01-27-2009 06:41 PM

I woulld actally argue that for construction work, you might not need the highest quality blade, unless you are donig some really fancy trim. also, depending on the flooring prefinished especially), I’d think you’d wear out a blad rather quickly so just a good quality blade should suffice. I’m sure you’ll hear more opions and I’m no expert.

View sIKE's profile

sIKE

1271 posts in 3754 days


#5 posted 01-27-2009 07:31 PM

I bought the LU91 for my RAS which is also recommended for a SCMS, however for my CMS I bought the LU79R. It the time I paid $75 total for the 79 and $57 for the 91. Now both of my blades are 10” blades vs the 12” blade that you need.

For both of these blades I couldn’t be happier with them. Looking around the Freud blade is running about $100. At that cost it should be worth the extra $40 to get Forests Chopmaster as Scott recommended. If you get the Chopmaster it would probably be the last blade you buy, as long as you don’t do something crazy with it. With good cuts from either blade you will probably save money on lumber by avoiding bad cuts, so should be easy to justify.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View HokieMojo's profile

HokieMojo

2104 posts in 3728 days


#6 posted 01-27-2009 08:51 PM

hadn’t thought of that sike. good point.

View sIKE's profile

sIKE

1271 posts in 3754 days


#7 posted 01-27-2009 09:04 PM

Nothing worse than burning the piece on the final cut and once you clean it up it is now to short to use on the current project and has to be re-purposed…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View doyoulikegumwood's profile

doyoulikegumwood

384 posts in 3992 days


#8 posted 01-28-2009 02:51 AM

nobody has metioned this but that saw comes new with a very good blade in it from the factory unless they have chaged things in the last 3 years you may want to look in to sharpaning it if not the forest is the last blade you will ever buy i rotate 2 thru my shop but i also send mine to forrest for sharpaning so where i in your place i would have the factory blade sharpened buy the forest or some other medium quility blade and hold on to the factory blade for when ever your good one goes off to have its bite put back in it. trust me on this it never fails youll need the saw and one or the other blade will be dull.

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

View sIKE's profile

sIKE

1271 posts in 3754 days


#9 posted 01-28-2009 04:40 AM

CessnaPilotBarry,

My bet it was bent on Hard Maple! ;)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View Gundalf's profile

Gundalf

13 posts in 3405 days


#10 posted 01-29-2009 01:53 AM

Gumwood; What does forest charge, with shipping, to sharpen a 12 inch???

-- good fences make good neighbors...

View doyoulikegumwood's profile

doyoulikegumwood

384 posts in 3992 days


#11 posted 01-30-2009 02:04 PM

they have a price list on thier web site my wwII usally runs about 30 bucks with shipping but it depends on tooth count and weather or not it needs more work

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com