I need to replace my old table saw blade, and so had a look at the ones
offered at my local Home Depot. I do a light to moderate amount of cutting,
and tend to be a bit lazy and just leave my 80 or so tooth carbide tipped
crosscutting blade on the saw for most of my work, and this is the type of
blade I will replace. At the store, I was surprised to see such blades
offered for $50: a DeWalt and another I didn't recognize, made by Freud.
My questions are these (and thanks in advance for any comments):
I remember paying upwards of $90 bucks for a blade of this type ten years
ago. Why are these new ones cheaper and/or are they as well made as my old
How good a blade is the Freud? As good as the DeWalt?
Since you do only light sawing I would replace it with a <$20 7 1/4
thin kerf sawblade. It is carbide tipped and cuts just about
everything I have thrown at it and provides a finished edge too. The
materials include acrylic sheets and plywood that a regular carbide
tipped sawblade would have chipped badly. Another advantage is that
this thin sawblade wouldn't bind when sawing 2 x 4s
Most of my sawing is light thin stuff where I want a fine finished
edge, a thin kerf and no binding of the blade. The 7 1/4 blade is
good enough to saw 2 x 4 studs too. If I blunt this blade its cheap
enough to just toss it out. It is still pretty sharp after two years
use in cutting everything I put to it. If I need to do heavier work
I have my regular multi toothed carbide saw blades. With the costlier
9 inch blades I was always reluctant to saw anything tough in case I
blunt the teeth. Also the 9 inch blades are not that good for sawing
plastics and plywood - too many chipped and overheated sections, and
too much waste..
I have an old Rockwell 9 inch table saw with a heavy cast iron table
and extensions that I find preferable to the newer stamped sheet metal
I've always had good luck with Freud. I have 4 or 5 for my table and
miter saws. I don't change blades too often either, but I do have a
couple "special" blades that I use when I want a particularly clean
I've got nothing against HD, spent $500 there two days ago, but you
might want to look at a few of the mail order places. They will give
you many more models to choose from.
<< I need to replace my old table saw blade, >>
Unless your saw blades have missing teeth, it is often more cost effective to
find a competent resharpening service. Maybe I got lucky, but I asked at the
local lumberyard and they sent me to a chap that does part time resharpening of
impeccable quality. Cost is $10-17 per blade, and the subjectively, it seems to
me they cut smoother and faster than new. If you have that kind of person in
your area, he would be a good source of info on blade quality,
For 7 1/4" blades I exchange them for resharpened ones off the shelf at a
contractor supply store. Even these seem to have a better edge than new. HTH
I agree. We have a good sharpening service, and my
sharpened blades cut much better than out of a new package.
I haven't had any sharpened in recent years, so don't know
what the price is, but the cost was economical compared to
Freud makes some good tooling. I have their knives in my jointer.
Get a good combo blade, which will work for most everything. A
dedicated rip blade would be the next one you'd want, or one for
Freud has a couple of lines, they have industrial types of blades as
That said, I have a Forrest WWII in my saw.
The Freud is probably better than the DeWalt. Freud makes excellent
blades. If you aren't doing fine woodworking, get any old blade you want.
I have a Forrest Woodworker II on my table saw. It will run you a bit over
$100 but cuts like a dream and the edge is ready for glue when cut.
Last year or the year before, Fine Woodworking have an articles on all the saw
blades and they rated Forest as the best and also the most expensive.
However, they also rated a few as excellent to very good and one of them is
Oldham, also market as US Saw, they cost less than many of the expensive saw.
I bought one last year, as I have a lot of problems with my TS, and it is
excellent. I paid something like $47, for a Signature, combination 1040T. Very
good for rip and crosscut it also came with a free damper/stabilizer and a free
Get it from the Internet the "Signature" or "Premier" series. I found this site
PS: I have no link or benefiting from the sites or Oldham Saw, I am a only
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