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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Default CMT combi rip/cross cut blades

I need to get a good combi blade for my table saw.
CMT is available to me as well as Bosch.
I noticed this one,
http://www.cmtutensili.com/show_items.asp?pars=SB~271~2
Anyone have experience with it ?
What about Bosch optiline blades ?
Not a lot of options around here for quality blades.
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go on eBay and look for Onsrud blades. There were a bunch of them on there. All kinds of crosscut, rip, glueline rip, combination....

These are high quality blades being sold at clearance prices. Many choices of grind (ABt, ABT-R, TCG, etc). I bought 2. Paid only $42 for the pair. They're going for about $20 each. These are $100 blades easily. Some places selling them for $120-ish.
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We get 10% off at Holbren, he has a few CMT blades on special, use code RF10 when ordering,Tommy ,, Product Specials :: Holbren
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Thanks for those offerings guys.
Unfortunately I live in Croatia, we don't have the same choices as you guys in the States. Ordering from US ebay is not an option for me. I can only dream of such bargain prices.
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Gavin; I'm curious now. Can you buy mail-order from any of Italy, Germany, Hungary or Czech Rep.? Serious duties and shipping expenses?
How do the prices you pay for the ones you're considering, compare to N. American prices (online)?
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As yet, I have no idea of the price of a cmt blade here. Technically it should be cheaper than in the U.S. as it's made just next door. (so to speak)I suspect however that it will be more expensive.
Bosch optiline blades here are about twice the price as which I have seen some advertised for the U.S. market.
High taxes, high gas prices, high profit margin ?
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I ended up getting a good deal on a Bosch optiline blade.
250,30, 40 tooth about us$40 i guess.

Now that I have used this blade it is obvious to me how crap my previous blades were.
It's technically a crosscut blade and does a great job of leaving a nice smooth surface with sharp straight edges.
It's also capable of ripping but I probably won't use it for that task too often. It left an almost perfect surface that was almost as if it had been through the planer .
I was amazed.
Optiline it is for me from now on.
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Gav; the trick now is to find a professional saw sharpening guy that takes pride in his work.
(and doesn't try and retire on each job...).
There's a world of difference between that new blade feel, and the same blade after it's been through a few hundred feet of MDF!
There was a comparison done a couple of years back, between competitive blades, after having cut the same quantity of MDF. I'll see if I can track it down. Very revealing.
(Maybe someone here saved it?)
The other thing is, do you have aerosol cans of oven cleaner there...sodium hydroxide based? Best blade cleaner going! A resin free blade is a happy blade
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This wasn't exactly what I was searching for, but some really good info in the text:
http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/pdf...The-Retest.pdf
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