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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 1463 days ago 1230 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a wonderful Forrest WWII thin kef blade on my table saw which I am very careful what I choose to use it on – maybe because it cut a big hole in my budget (glue edge I might add). So I have researched cheaper blades that I would not be so picky on using to rip anything. My guess is that there are folks out there who can’t risk throwing a tooth on a Forrest when ripping less than perfect lumber.
Eureka, buds I found a couple of WOW blades that you don’t have to take bailout money or a mortgage to get something good.

Hitachi 311128 10-Inch 24 Tooth ATB Ripping Table Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor
• 10” table saw blade
• 24 carbide teeth
• 5/8” arbor
• Vented
• General purpose blade
From the Manufacturer
This 10” carbide tipped blade is a great general purpose blade for any table saw.

Product Description
Hitachi 998840 Features: -Ripping Saw Blade. -Fast ripping in plywood, wood composites and natural wood. -Material: TCT. -Grind: ATB. -Wood cutting. -Arbor: 5/8”. -Kerf: 0.087”, 0.098”. -Plate: 0.055”, 0.071”. -Hook: 15 (degrees) for 998840, 180 (degrees) for 311128. -Teeth: 24. -Carbide Grade: C2 Micrograin. -Available in 8-1/2”, 10”. Size: 10”

Hitachi 310878 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor
• Circular saw blade designed for use with most 10-inch miter saws
• Ideal for crosscutting and ripping of plywood, wood composites, MDF and natural woods
• 40 durable carbide teeth for precision cuts and finish work
• 5/8-inch arbor
• 10-inch diameter; 5-year limited warranty
This Hitachi Circular Saw Blade has a 10-inch diameter with 5/8-inch arbor and is made for use with most 10-inch miter saws. This blade is ideal for all-purpose crosscutting and ripping of plywood, wood composites, MDF and natural woods. With 40 durable carbide teeth, this blade can make precision cuts for general finish work and can be used in framing and decking as well. This product is backed by a 5-year limited warranty extended to the original purchaser.
Product Description
Kerf: .098”. Plate: .071”. Carbide Grade: C2 micrograin. All purpose cross cutting and ripping plywood, wood composites, MDF and natural woods.

User Comments:
Hitachi 310878 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor (Tools & Hardware)
We use the 40 tooth blades on our table saws for most ripping and the 72 tooth for our sliders. They last as long as any other blades we have used and the prices are very low. You can’t beat the quality or price! We are trim carpenters and a quality blade is important to us daily.

Hitachi 310878 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor (Tools & Hardware)
great blade-bought a diablo 80 tooth and for twice the price and half the performance of the Hitachi.

I have both of these blades and I am stunned by the quality and performance. They are thinner kerf that the Forrest, they are not as good as the Forrest, BUT they are up there with Freud blades (made in Italy) OH YES, the Hitachi’s are not some cheap Chinese crap – they are MADE IN FRANCE – you know, right next to Italy.
Here’s the clincher: Amazon Site:
$13.77 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime. Hitachi 311128 10-Inch 24 Tooth
$19.95 Hitachi 310878 10-Inch 40 Tooth
5 YEAR WARRANTY **

Go for it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.



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patron

12957 posts in 1940 days


#1 posted 1463 days ago

it’s always good to have some spares ,

especially for junk cuts .

save the good blades for ‘60 minutes’ interview (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1463 days ago

It’s nice to see an honest-to-goodness woodworking post from you for a change, as opposed to that god-awful, dry British humor you’re usually trying to pawn off on us.

:-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1463 days ago

By the way, if these blades are made in France, they must be rather scarce. I think the French only work 3 or 4 weeks out of the year.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 1463 days ago

David
What’s so special about you? The rest of us only get 15 minutes of fame

Charlie1958
Yeah I bet my post freaked you out. It only happens once in a while when I let the side down or forget to take my pills. BTW the French blades have only been dropped once, but they are haute cutture and go well with Escargo.
Someone sent me the recipe for Louisiana Do Dat cake, I have not tried it, have you?
Allez vous en mon ami
honi soit qui mal y pense

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 1463 days ago

I am using powercraft in my miter saw 10” and 100 teeth TCT and it works well. Only around US $30.00. It is already proven to cut nails by mistake… I think the nails out here is low quality lol. What I do is reserve the low quality stuff as spare and the good quality is on use.. I don’t want to take risk in terms of sawblades and other consumables tools. It is more dangerous when you are not confident with the tools you are using.

-- Bert

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Jimthecarver

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#6 posted 1463 days ago

I try not to use junk on my saws.
Spring for the better blades and get better service from them..IMO

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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patron

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#7 posted 1463 days ago

gee roger ,
with 3 segments ,
and andy rooney ,
and 20 minutes of commercials ,
you would be lucky to get 10 minutes !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 1463 days ago

thank´s Roger
very niice of you to think of us on the lowbudget-class

Dennis

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stefang

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#9 posted 1463 days ago

Perfect for me as I specialize in junk cuts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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lilredweldingrod

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#10 posted 1463 days ago

Thanks Roger,
I’ve always had great service from Hitachi tools. I am going to try the 310878 40 tooth. Thanks for the heads up.

BTW Sorry for the Texan jokes. Being from Arkansas I sometimes have self control shortages. Rand

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#11 posted 1463 days ago

lilredweldingrod
Yes Hitachi seems to make decent tools, at a fair price. You won’t go wrong with the 10”- 40 tooth blade, you’ll be amazed with it.
All jokes are very welcome, having fun is one of the most pleasant things in life – and it’s FREE.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Splinterman

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#12 posted 1462 days ago

Hey Roger,
Appreciate the heads up on the blades.

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