Funny thing about the $4.99 HFT blades. I bought one just to see what
it was like, and it wasn't much. Tended to burn right from the start.
I was ripping a bunch of 2x4s down to make furring strips and it
finally got to the point it wasn't getting the job done. Just out of
curiosity I had it sharpened (OK, spending $15 to sharpen a $5 blade
doesn't make sense, but bear with me here). When I got it back it cut
smoothly and without burning. I used it for a bunch of work after that
and it did a real good job for me. Cheap blades have smaller carbide
teeth so they can't be sharpened as many times, lower grade carbide
and bad factory sharpening jobs. Taken as a whole they are barely
adequate as delivered for cutting salvage lumber.
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