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William Shelley

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#1 posted 01-13-2018 03:06 PM

The difference in performance between a good circular saw blade and a cheap one is not huge. But, the difference between a cheap bandsaw bandsaw blade and a good one, is pretty dramatic.

I run a couple diablo blades (from home depot) but I’ve also used the Avanti Pro blades when I could get them on sale and didn’t have any issues with either. However, if you have cash to burn, make sure all your other tools have upgraded blades or bits or cutters before you go dropping $150+ on a Forrest or Freud IL/IM industrial blade.

On a side note, I’ve found that the Avanti Pro blades tend to gum up really fast and so keeping the blade cleaned off from any pitch or build-up will help tremendously and make it perform like a “good” blade.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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