Well, not really - bet I made you look, though.
Sensationalism sells, just ask the TV newscasters. ;-)
But on a more serious note, I just mounted and tried out my first
WoodWorker II 40 tooth, 1/8" kerf tablesaw blade. This is one sharp
sucker. I don't think I have ever seen anything other than a scary
sharped and stropped chisel that was THIS sharply honed.
Runout on the installed blade is .0008". The carbide is cut exactly
to a 1/8" width. The saw plate is heavy and does not resonate coming
up to speed like the cheaper blades I own. I inspected each tip weld,
and although there was a bit of flux remaining, each weld was very
precise with no pitting or slag. Each tooth is side ground behind the
carbide, and the teeth are extremely thick. F#%k this thing is sharp.
Every tooth was well formed and evenly polished to a razor edge.
This is a blade you *could*
cut your finger off with, and never notice
till the blood spilled forth. If you use your table saw as an
assembly table, you had better be certain you lower the blade each and
every time. I'm telling you this is one scary sharp blade. If you
drag a knuckle across one of these teeth, you're going to bleed
Test cuts in poplar, pine, oak and cherry were all impressive. Before
testing, I double checked the setup on the saw - everything was
spot-on. The first couple of cuts were in poplar and left no tearout
that could not be removed with the brush of a fingertip. The face of
the cuts were like glass. Next test was a SPF 2x4. Slightly more
tearout, but nothing objectionable. Face of cut was like 2000 grit
sandpaper and completely flat. Several other blades I own have always
left a slight wave to the cut in 2x stock. For the longest time, I
though it was slight imperfections in the saw top causing this, so the
top was ground flat and the saw was adjusted umpteen times trying to
eliminate it before I discovered that it was the fault of the blades.
The Oak test was performed on some harvested pin oak I collected last
year. No tearout and face like glass. The feed was effortless. The
cherry cut was similar, with even less effort than the oak.
I don't know yet how long this kind of performance will hold up, but
in this brief session of testing, I'm impressed. I never quite
believed all the hoopla over this $100 blade, but I'm fairly convinced
The thick carbide means that properly cared for, this blade could last
many years - possibly a lifetime for a hobbyist. Every other blade I
own, Freud, Delta, and Dewalt have ALL resonated against the zero
clearance insert when coming up to speed. This thing just whizzes up
to speed without a sound - and the cuts are noticeably quieter as
well. All this, and a product that is the result of American labor!
Did I mention how razor sharp this thing is? Definitely Recommended!