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Old 04-30-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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I'm about to pull the trigger and get a track saw, probably the Makita. Lets keep the brand wars out of this. What blades do you guys like and what different blades do you have for what tasks? I know I will mostly be using it for breaking down ply, but know I will find tons of other uses. Thanks.
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I'm about to pull the trigger and get a track saw, probably the Makita. Lets keep the brand wars out of this. What blades do you guys like and what different blades do you have for what tasks? I know I will mostly be using it for breaking down ply, but know I will find tons of other uses. Thanks.
Tenryu hands down, they're half the price of festool and cut just as good if not better. Even the freud blades are decent.

http://www.aconcordcarpenter.com/fre...aw-blades.html

I will never pay for another Festool blade again. It's a total waste of money, when I can get a Tenryu blade for 32 bucks.

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Sheet goods, 48 tooth blade (you should have at least 2 of these).

Sawn lumber 28 tooth blade for general cutting.

A lot of ripping of solid sawn get a 14 or 12 tooth blade.

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x2 on Tenryu blades. I use 'em in all my saws.
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I've been running the Oshlun with no complaints whatsoever, about $25 a blade. So far I've only used the 48T for anything I've done.
I haven't tried the Tenryu....
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Tenryu makes great blades. I've got some on various miter saws.
I bought some Oshlun blades from amazon, for my small trim saw, and they were real good for the price.
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Anyone have a lead on Tenryu blades in alberta or canada anyway.
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So out of curiosity I looked into these tenryu blades and without a local deal to pop in and pick them up you give back savings with shipping cost.
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I use freud industrial blades with my makita. Never used tenryu but I'm gonna check them out.
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I use the Festool one's. I had a tenryu and it was a decent blade, but the carbide is thicker and seems to be nicer on the Festool blades, which are made by Leitz.

If I look to another brand of blade, its usually a FS tool or Popular Tools and the prices are almost identical.

I tried a cheap blade (those red ones) and did not care for its performance or durability.
Whats the point of a cheap blade if it needs sharpened twice as much as an expensive blade.

Quality blades are an investment for years of use. You learn this when you start buying 16" to 22" blades.
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I'm a big fan of forrest blades (Arent they leitz?)

Tenryu is definitely a great blade.

CMT also makes a good blade for the price, its my backup while the other blades are getting sharpened.
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I use the Festool one's. I had a tenryu and it was a decent blade, but the carbide is thicker and seems to be nicer on the Festool blades, which are made by Leitz.

If I look to another brand of blade, its usually a FS tool or Popular Tools and the prices are almost identical.

I tried a cheap blade (those red ones) and did not care for its performance or durability.
Whats the point of a cheap blade if it needs sharpened twice as much as an expensive blade.

Quality blades are an investment for years of use. You learn this when you start buying 16" to 22" blades.

I have several FS Tool full-kerf blades, lots of carbide and can be resharpened many times. Great blades.
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I'm a big fan of forrest blades (Arent they leitz?)

Tenryu is definitely a great blade.

CMT also makes a good blade for the price, its my backup while the other blades are getting sharpened.

Forest and Leitz are two very different companies.

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I'm a big fan of forrest blades (Arent they leitz?)

Tenryu is definitely a great blade.

CMT also makes a good blade for the price, its my backup while the other blades are getting sharpened.
Not made by Leitz. If I remember right their plates are from Grasche.
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I have several FS Tool full-kerf blades, lots of carbide and can be resharpened many times. Great blades.
Agreed. Some of the best blades I've ever run in miter saws or table saws.

I currently use the Festool blades in track saws. They're OK. I've never really been impressed with Tenyru and I won't use Freud. When the Festool blades wear out I'm going to give the A.G.E blades a try.
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It really does depend on the material you are cutting. That Tenryu 28 tooth is perfect for what I use them for. The Festool blades are just not as smooth. I can get a long life out of them as well. However I'm certainly willing to give up a little life for better smoother cuts if I had to, but I don't. I think I paid 34 bucks ea. bought 5 of them and paid 12 bucks shipping.
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I have the Makita track saw and have been very pleased with the 48 tooth blade that it comes with. I went ahead and ordered another Makita blade when I felt it was time. Great results IMO.
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It really does depend on the material you are cutting. That Tenryu 28 tooth is perfect for what I use them for. The Festool blades are just not as smooth. I can get a long life out of them as well. However I'm certainly willing to give up a little life for better smoother cuts if I had to, but I don't. I think I paid 34 bucks ea. bought 5 of them and paid 12 bucks shipping.
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What tooth count blade came in your Maffel? Have you tried it on the composite, if so hows it cut?

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What tooth count blade came in your Maffel? Have you tried it on the composite, if so hows it cut?

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It came with a 48 tooth blade. It's a real thin kerf compared to all the others. It cut pretty smooth but not as good as the Tenryu 28t. Composite likes less teeth. I'm pretty sure heat has a lot to do with that. I've spent a small fortune trying to narrow down the best composite blade. So far I've tried, festool, Makita, freud, Mafell, and Tenryu. My go to blade is the black 28t Tenryu. For wherever reason they are very inexpensive. I found a shop near me that sells the Tenyru blades for both the tracksaw and the Kapex. Although sometimes I just order them online. I also have Leitz tooling service that picks my blades up from my house and sharpens them, and bores them if needed.
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It came with a 48 tooth blade. It's a real thin kerf compared to all the others. It cut pretty smooth but not as good as the Tenryu 28t. Composite likes less teeth. I'm pretty sure heat has a lot to do with that. I've spent a small fortune trying to narrow down the best composite blade. So far I've tried, festool, Makita, freud, Mafell, and Tenryu. My go to blade is the black 28t Tenryu. For wherever reason they are very inexpensive. I found a shop near me that sells the Tenyru blades for both the tracksaw and the Kapex. Although sometimes I just order them online. I also have Leitz tooling service that picks my blades up from my house and sharpens them, and bores them if needed.
Usually TCG blade are good for composite.

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