I'm in Lowe's today and see a mag with a 10" Table Saw blade
review/comparison. So I pick up the copy of Popular Woodworking and
flip to the article. Turns out that the Dewalt and the Ridgid blades
are the "best bets". Just thought I'd mention it.
Advertising expenditures work in many ways....
Best bets, not the best. Price is a considerattion that gives the blades
you mentioned the best bet advantage.
The Forrest WW II and Freud F410 are the BEST PERFORMING regular kerf
blades. Had cheap pricing not been considered, the Forrest followed by the
Freud 410 would have been Best Bet. Until pricing was considered the
Forrest WWII was the winner.
The price of a blade should never be considered as a blade quality feature.
Woodworker's Journal is owned and operated by the same folks who own and
operate Rockler, BTW.
Just another item to throw into the consideration.
And 'best bets' on blades, etc. depend heavily on who you have to sell them
to you, and at what prices. My sharpening guy has been the best source for
new blades as well for the past 5 years. Not that they wear out that fast,
As Leon Says, Woodworker's Journal. I liked that article. I think I agree
generally that a blade's price should not be included in a test of its
quality but I think price is something to consider after you've finished
testing and I think the author did a good job with that.
I get the feeling that articles like this are expected to come up with
clear winners. It almost looks like they're thinking "Some guy picks it up,
flips through it, sees the winner, puts it down. That's how it works."
I've already got a WWII, so I'm keeping that article so I'll remember
what's a good blade for melamine, where the WW only gets a score of "fair".
And actually it's not that great for melamine. :-)
I think it was pretty well done. He spent a lot of time talking about
testing process, his data was pretty detailed and I thought it was laid out
Yes the price is an important factor to consider for the individual. The
article was good but the chart kinda steers you in the wrong direction. You
have to read the whole article to get the true results.
I guess I was just surprised to see those 2 particular brands as the
only ones given the accolades in the table. After seeing that I
immediately looked to see what scores they gave to the Woodworker II,
and then grunted and put the mag back on the rack. I was too quick to
judge having not read the article. I'm bothered by my cynicism.
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