Round 1 of the Battle of the Blades

is finally complete.

Took a LOT longer than I was expecting – life got in the way, and it was a big job besides.

It has been very interesting conducting the tests, and I have learned quite a bit about blades in doing so as well which was an added bonus.  Came across some really nice blades, and some very ordinary ones as well.

Unfortunately, some seem to be out-of-spec, and therefore tarnishing the rep of a potentially good blade, but I have mentioned that when it appears to have occurred.  That is the unfortunate nature of only being able to test an individual example of a blade, but that is the way it has to be.

A big thanks to the various suppliers for allowing their blades to be included.  The testing doesn’t have to end there either – I’m hoping this to be an ongoing project – showcasing new blades as they become available.

I have chosen not to test every blade I have – other than 1 GMC blade, I haven’t covered any others, or the Triton ones simply because of the time involved, and the fact these blades are no longer on the market, so it seems a bit pointless including them.  In saying that, I will probably do a test of the Chinese Triton combination blade that is included with the new 2300W Triton 9 1/4″ saw to see how it rates.

I hope this testing has proven of value to anyone interested in what woodworking blades are currently available.  The results sure surprised me, so I think it has proven it is worth actually asking the question “What are the best blades?”  You spend a lot on a good tablesaw, investing in a good blade (or set) is, in my opinion, a no-brainer.

I’m hoping to be able to cover different dado blades next – hopefully the results from these tests is enough to demonstrate value in what I am doing here.

CMT 271.250.43M Thin Kerf

CMT Thin Kerf Combo

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The CMT 271.250.43M Thin Kerf, 42 tooth combination blade.

End of an Era

Looks like the last orange tool has been made at the Mecca of Triton users – the Cheltenham Triton Factory.

Looking through GraysOnline this morning, and came across an advert for Triton tooling, which included the line “Unreserved Triton Manufacturing Site Closure Auction”

Not sure what else to say really. I always wondered if I’d be able to return to what I did my degree in (Mechanical Engineering – Manufacturing / Welding / Metallurgy) and end up working there which would have been an awesome combination of my woodworking ‘hobby’ (obsession according to my wife), and my choice of career paths.

(Guess the cat is out of the bag now – yes, I have a secret love affair with steel – especially when it is molten, whether that be in a foundry, being cast, at the end of a welding rod etc)

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