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Choosing a Saw Blade

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our friend Rob Robillard at A Concord Carpenter just posted a great blog article on how to choose a woodworking saw blade.  If you get a chance, click over and give it a quick read.  He reviews saw blade safety, the different types of woodworking saw blades and the three basic tooth designs of blades.

 

Quality Always Comes First

One of my favorite tips in the article is “don’t buy a saw blade on price”.  I couldn’t agree more!  However, that needs to be qualified.  What he is saying is that cheap manufacturing often gives you cheap results.  I am a huge proponent of VALUE shopping, trying to find the best possible quality for a very fair price.  So, if you cannot find a Forrest  blade in your price range you are better to look at a high quality Freud blade rather than a generic brand that you might find at Home Depot.

 

I would rather say “don’t buy a woodworking saw blade based on list price” for two reasons.  One is the quality manufacturing argument I make above.  The other is simple – sometimes there are GREAT sale prices on high quality woodworking saw blades.  For example, this week only Eagle America is running a huge Table Saw Blade Sale.  We have taken 15% OFF our entire selection of high quality saw blades from some of the woodworking industry’s biggest names.  Click over today and save,  you won’t be disappointed in either the quality of these blades or the price you pay.

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  1. February 10, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Do you think the blades are better quality than the ones at Home Depot?The reason i ask is that i am wanting to buy a used table saw.From the pictures the saw blades look well made.I am just now getting back into woodworking after a long time away.And want to save money but want the best quality saw blades i can find.

    • Eric
      February 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

      These blades are much better than the ones you can get at a Big Box Store. Those blades are intended for contractor use and are “disposable” in most cases. If you are looking to buy a high quality blade that is good for plywood, laminates, cross cuts and ripping then check out the Freud Fusion Blades. These blades are great quality at a great price and they have enough carbide on them that they can be resharpened. If your table saw is a contractor saw of smaller then I suggest the thin kerf version. If it is a a large 3HP cabinet saw then go for the full kerf.

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