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#1 posted 08-06-2016 11:39 AM

Best bang for the buck in blades is usually the Freud Diablo or Irwin Marples blades. Both made in Italy, both high quality blades for the money. Sometimes closeouts can lead to better deals if you know what you’re looking for. Good quality is important, but so it the condition of the blade….clean and sharp is the only way to go. A high quality blade that’s gummed and dirty, will cut poorly, and will soon be a dull blade. Dirty blades cause excess heat, which causes premature dulling. Keep them clean.

Sharpening and honing your own blades can be a very risky venture. Do it wrong, and you can ruin a perfectly good blade. The Youtube video mentioned above about honing the face of the blade works well in that particular scenario, but if the tooth face isn’t 90° to the sharpening stone, you’ll change the hook angle, and likely make the blade perform worse. Proceed with caution! (professional sharping typically costs ~$15-$20, which may not make sense for a $20-$30 blade, but makes a lot of sense for a $60-$130 blade)

Portable saws are great for portability, but they give up a lot in comparison to a full size saw with a belt drive induction motor. Many times it’s just not feasible to go with a stationary saw on wheels, but if there’s anyway possible to make it work, you’ll end up with a more robust long term saw. The ABCs of Table Saws

Compare the landing zone area in front of the blade, which is the area that allows you to get a board settled and flush with the table surface before the board contacts the blade:

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