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My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.
I think by now you all know that I use Diablo blades fo just about every spinning tool I have. They are affordable, are made with quality and integrity, and are easily and widely available. That’s a pretty winning combination for me, especially considering how much of my time is spent making large pieces of wood smaller!
The Diablo 12” 44 tooth general purpose saw blade is no exception. We ran about 5,000 linear feet of fascia board between the miter saw with the 12” blade and the circular saw with the 7-1/4” 36 TPI wood and metal carbide saw blade this past week as we replaced rotten wood and got ready to install new gutters on all the buildings on the farm. That simple change has added a HUGE amount of curb appeal to the house and solved a whole lot of our water issues near the building foundations.
Manufacturer claims on the 12” blade say it’s TiCo Hi-density special blend carbide teeth provide a razor sharp edge and 5x longer cutting life. I don’t really have a scientific test for that, but the blade cuts fast, cuts clean, stays sharp, causes very little blowout and has served me well thus far. It’s nice to have a multi-purpose blade in my miter saw because we use the saw for SO many different tasks. From furniture building to framing, our saws and blades really get put through their paces as we renovate and rebuild this place from the ground up.
As we are moving back and forth from demo to rehab, the wood/metal carbide saw blade is also really handy to have in the circular saw. The tooth design provides impact resistance for cutting wood with nails as well as adding durability for clean cuts in metal as well.