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Forum topic by LJackson posted 09-07-2014 02:34 PM 721 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LJackson

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09-07-2014 02:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blade better tools

I have found this 10 inch saw blade on Amazon. There are no reviews of it. Further research shows it as also available from Sears online for $16. Again, there are no reviews.

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this saw blade or the Better Tools brand in general.

I fully understand the consequences of purchasing cheap tools, and I would like to nip any such discussion in the bud. But, if you have personal experience with this, please let me know.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-07-2014 02:42 PM

Wow—that’s cheap.

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 08:52 PM

Isn’t it?! Crazy cheap. I think I’ll order several and see how they do. At worst, I’m out a few bucks. Okay, maybe if they throw teeth they’ll kill me or my equipment, but can you really sell such dangerous blades in the US? I guess I’ll find out!

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 09:37 PM

There’s little to be gained IMO. There are so many well proven blades that are very affordable, I wouldn’t bother with them. Freud Diablo, Irwin Marples, CMT ITK Plus, DW Precision Trim, as well as some current closeouts from Cripe Distribution are all really nice blades that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 07:29 PM

Turns out that they’re out of stock. They only updated the listing after I attempted to order.

I looked for the cheapest Freud Diablo 10 inch blade on Google Shopping, and it’s a finish blade for $22 on Ebay. Not exactly your standard price, and not multi-purpose. The next one up, a combination blade, is $30. It’s an okay price.

I found some $10 combo blades on Amazon, I might try those.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 07:50 PM

Just so I’m clear….you’re willing to buy ”several” unproven $6 blades, but not a well proven 4 to 5 star high quality blade for $29? I guess it depends on your objective and your equipment, but that’s not the approach I’d normally take.

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 09:04 PM

Just my two cents worth…..A cheap blade is probably just that with low quality carbide and low quality grinding of the teeth. It may act just like a dull blade and that is one thing that can cause danger on the saw as you may have to push too hard and will leave a poor cut.

If it were me, I would opt for a better blade with good reviews which several have suggested. I am not saying you should buy a $100+ blade but I think that a good quality blade is well worth it both for quality of your work and safety .

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 09:34 PM

Do yourself a favor and buy an Irwin Marples blade. They are made in Italy and high quality at an affordable price. I replaced a Diablo blade on my table saw and the difference was remarkable. So much I bought a 12” blade for my miter box and it now cuts like butter. Like two big sticks of Land O’Lakes.

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