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]