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Forum topic by SST posted 05-06-2007 09:27 PM 1365 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2007 09:27 PM

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I’m sure this has come up a hundred times or more, but I guess I don’t pay attention unless it affects me personally or it’s on my mind at the time, so I’ll try this at the risk of everyone lambasting me for re-hashing a well worn subject. I’m shopping for a saw blade for my old reliable model 10ER shopsmith. I’m limited to an 8” blade and usually have opted for the cheap Harbor Freight carbide tooth variety and have had good success with them.
It seems that as I spend a bit more time paying attention to this site and reading more woodworking stuff, I’ve become more curious to try a better blade to see if there’s any improvement in results to be had.
I don’t want to get nuts with a $100 blade, but I’ve seen some like the Freud Avanti, or Diablo and wonder what the collective wisdom of this site can offer on blades of this sort.
Also, what about thin kerf? Better? How thin is thin?
I’m thinking that a 40 tooth would be a good compromise if I’m just trying one on for size.
I’d appreciate any opinions and personal experience in this area. Thanks -SST

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#1 posted 05-06-2007 09:40 PM

I posted a similar question a couple weeks ago and got some great feedback. Look for the thread I posted about Freud’s Glue Line blades. I too, used a cheap blade and was curious about the nice ones. My buddy has a Woodworker2 blade and raves about it. I took the bait and decided to try a decent blade. I didn’t want to spend the $100 either. I looked hard at a Marathon 2 pack of blades that were on sale. Some of the other LumberJocks vouched for Marathon. I ended up purchasing Freud Thin Kerf 40T Combo Blade. I really wanted the glue line blade, but they suck for anything other than ripping. I hate changing blades, so I decided not to. I spend close to $50 if I remember right. I used it yesterday for the first time for about an hour or so. It was much quiter, and I could tell there was less resistance as I fed wood into it. The cut results were about the same I must admit. I haven’t really put it to work yet, so only time will tell. Check out Rockler, if you want to go with a Marathon blade. They have a sale going on. If you buy one of their blades, you can get either a free 80T blade or 4 Irwin clamps free. Amazon had a sale last week. Not sure if its still going. I think it was 10% off.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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