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#1 posted 02-02-2020 06:01 PM

Good info in the above responses but no one dealt with the “life” of a blade. I can’t specifically answer that either because so much of it depends on variables of the blades use.
Several things affect the blade from just plain loss of sharpness to the loss of blade tooth set that limits it’s ability to cut curves and one of my bugaboos a kink in the blade from doing something stupid… cutting an unstable piece of “fire” wood for lathe turning and having it catch and kink the blade. On the latter, the blade will still cut but leaves a rough edge. Also the occasional sawing or re-sawing of recycled wood and hitting a nail.
Also for some of the skip tooth blades I have been able to touch up the sharpness with my Dremel tool….tedious but it does add some life, especially for use just rough cutting.

Be safe, keep your fingers clear of the blade, use push sticks and make sure the material you are cutting is under control; ie: unstable or round pieces can pitch and roll as the blade starts the cut.

-- Les B, Oregon

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