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When it comes to making smooth cuts without tearing the crap out of your workpiece, blade selection makes all the difference. Sure, a little filler can hide small cut imperfections, but nothing matches the quality (and simplicity) of a good cut the first time. So if you work with different kinds of wood in different situations, you probably keep a number of different blades on hand to match the right specs to the current job. Now you have one more choice: Irwin.

Irwin will offer a pretty wide mix of specs in this blade line with tooth counts ranging from 24 to 100 in a mix of blade grinds including alternate top bevel, triple chip grind, and other alternate top bevel variants with hook angles between 2 and 15 degrees. (If you’re not familiar with what these tooth configurations mean and how they apply, the folks at Rockler created a great “101” guide to help you figure ’em out. It’s well worth a read.)

Of course, the market is already stuffed to the gills with options ranging from the ubiquitous Freud offerings to tool-branded models from pretty much every manufacturer out there. Kicking this around the office here at Toolmonger, we came to the conclusion that Irwin’s announcement will most likely affect you less through differences in specs than availability. In short, you might find these blades in places where they don’t stock Freud or other “specialty” blades.

Pricing varies from $25 to a whopping $100, with blades falling pretty much as you’d expect: the rarer ones command the highest prices. These blades certainly aren’t cheap, but they price right alongside similar blades from other manufacturers. We haven’t tried ’em out yet, but if you have we’d love to hear from you. Look for the blades on shelves soon, and you can buy them online now directly from Irwin.

Marples Woodworking Saw Blades [Irwin]


7 Responses to Irwin Introduces New Marples Woodworking Saw Blades

  1. Gary Z says:

    This sounds like Irwin just using (and degrading) the Marple’s name. The way they cheapened the Marple chisel line should be a sign that the blades are probably just crappy blades with a great name in woodworking on them. Time will tell.

  2. PutnamEco says:

    I won’t argue on the name, I am also sick of all these buy outs and trading on former brands reputations, but Irwins line of Marathon blades aren’t all that bad, These might be worth a look.

  3. fred says:

    Maybe these “made in Italy” (like most Freud Industrial Blades) blades will be worth a try for jobsite saws – but I’ve pretty well standardized on Forrest blades for our bigger saws – and see no reason to switch

  4. Flabby Boohoo says:

    I’m with Fred… my Woodworker II is the bee’s knees. And I’ve had it for 18 years.

  5. Darin says:

    I have never used any blade that cuts as clean as a Forrest blade. People buy blades today to simply throw away. Maybe for some, but not for me.

  6. Boss Hogg says:

    I was going to say, made in Italy, probably Freud. Freud makes good blades and a considerable price difference from Forrest.

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