I use a Leitz 50t ATB & R for my normal table saw blade; replace with
a Leitz 60T ATB if I'm doing a lot of cross cutting, miter cutting, or
working with composites. These both do a great job, however, it was
not a purchase decision, it was because they were Delta OEM and I had
low cost access to great, German made, blades.
I use a Forrest chopmaster which is an 80T TC & F with a negative hook
angle on my radial arm saw. Another great blade. Negative hook
important for control, particularly on a RAS.
I have a number of others being involved with the blade testing
during the transition of Delta OEM from Leitz to Oldham after Delta
purchased Oldham. These others, mostly test prototypes are branded
Delta, but would probably be the equivilent of Oldham Signature
series. I like them, and know from the testing they are good blades.
This information approximatley three years old, today, who knows.
There are many very good blades, and I suppose there are some junk
blades, however, other than some of the throw away stamped steel
blades used to satisfy UL (saw has to be sold with a blade, but we
sure don't know what you want...), I'm not too familiar with them.
Interesting ... That probably explains the Delta branded blade that came
with my Unisaw a few years back that is one of the best blades I've ever
Although I keep a Forrest on, if I have to ship both back for re-sharpening
which ocassionally happens, it is the first blade I grab.
I've said many times that it was an excellent blade, something you wouldn't
expect as OEM.
Yep, more than likely a Leitz. Great balance, radial and axial
runnout tolerances, nice clean body polish and laser engraving rather
than silk screen labeling. Cuts like a dream.
I would have preferred to not buy Oldham and stay with Leitz. It was
not a Delta management decision, but a Pentair tool group decision.
Oldham pretty good, but Leitz slightly better IMHO.
Don't know what Oldham has become with the sale to B & D. They had
their own blade sources, and I think they shut down Oldham's North
The one that came on my saw is equal to a $10 Craftsman blade I use for
rough cutting questionable wood. Can't tell them apart. Either you got
lucky or I got a reject.
For serious work, I use a Ridge Carbide 40T and I have a couple of Freud
Diablo 80T that have done more than they were designed for.
Not a matter of luck or a reject. Depended on the model. Most
special edition Unisaws over the last twelve years had the Leitz or,
more recently, the Oldham blades. That was most of the saws sold.
IMHO, the special editions were usually a pretty good deal.
The factory could not substitute blades, had to supply what was on the
BOM for the particular model. Sweat it out many times waiting for
those Leitz blades to come in so the line could run.
nothing. circular saw blades are measured in teeth per blade. how many
teeth you can run on a blade is largely a function of how much
horsepower your saw has. the shape of those teeth is largely a
function of what you are cutting.
what is the best flavor of ice cream?
blades with too many teeth for your saw motor, blades with the wrong
tooth configuration for your material, blades with the wrong service
life for your business model.
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