Taking the Guesswork out of Saw Blades – Selecting the Right Blade

GUHDO precision saw blades

GUHDO precision saw blades

 

We are happy to announce this article was featured in Cabinetmaker FDM in Nov ’14. Here is the original text in its entirety.

With the plethora of saw blades available in the market today, it can be daunting for the user to choose the right blade for the right application.  Since Chinese-made blades have heavily infiltrated the wood products industry with low prices in recent years, it has become even more difficult to determine which blade is right.  Low pricing can be very tempting!    Visually, blades can be hard to differentiate since all are circular, they all have a hole in the center, and they all have teeth around the circumference – that’s about where the similarities end.

What makes a saw blade a precision blade? it begins with the saw plate, i.e. the body.  The larger the diameter of the saw blade, the more important the plate quality is.   The tensioning of the saw body, which keeps it flat and running true is paramount to achieving a good finish and maintaining cut quality for the life of the saw blade.  Once the plate is warped or “dished”, the chances of correcting the tension successfully diminish and (more…)

A Tool as an Asset

DSC_0218The main difference between a quality saw and a less than perfect saw lies not in the outward appearance but rather in what’s below the surface. And with the ever increasing amount of different saw blades, the choices are aplenty and become more challenging.

Top Quality tools offer a high degree of technical sophistication. There are some important details that differentiate the better tools from those of lesser quality.

The quality of the materials, the technology, the workmanship and the support provided by the tool manufacturer are the factors which eventually determine whether the user will be able to perform high quality cuts with a saw blade and also how long the blade will last.

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Sales figures for low-cost producers show that purchase decisions are often price-driven. Other factors, such as product quality and safety, are often merely an afterthought or only come in as a secondary consideration.

Those who make purchasing decisions based on price alone though, generally wind up paying more in the end. When one considers that the money spent on tools is only a small percentage of the total tool cost but the tool has a decisive influence on the quality of the workpiece, a high quality tool should be the right choice.

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Source: VDMA Quality Guide – Perceived Value of Tools

National “Get Woodworking Week!”

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It’s National Get Woodworking Week!

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Woodworking is a hobby and/or profession that is fun and interesting. It not only challenges creative skills but also analytical skills. On top of that, it also leaves one with a feeling of satisfaction upon finishing a project and being able to see a completed product.

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Get Woodworking Week started as an idea by Tom from Tom’s Workbench. In order to preserve traditional woodworking and to make sure the craft of woodworking doesn’t get lost over time, he and a few other passionate woodworkers decided to initiate National Get Woodworking week.

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Considering that the trend in the furniture industry seems to develop away from pieces that are build to last and more towards pieces out of MDF or particle board, his efforts are commendable.

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Upon realizing that woodworking isn’t taught in schools nearly as frequently anymore as it used to, Tom and his fellow woodworking friends decided that it was time to start National Get Woodworking week in order to inspire those new to woodworking to get more involved, inspired and motivated.

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Diamond vs. Carbide Tooling Cost Comparison

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Diamond Router Bits

It is well-known that Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) tooling delivers high performances in cutting applications while also significantly while reducing a company’s overall tooling costs.  Under the right conditions and with the proper maintenance, great cost savings can be achieved. The first tool life can yield savings of up to 30 -50% in comparison to carbide tools or inserts. And subsequent sharpenings will further increase the savings when compared to a carbide tool or insert.

Solid Carbide Compression Router Bit in HSK 63 F Tool Holder

Solid Carbide Compression Router Bit in HSK 63 F Tool Holder

To illustrate the cost savings we have created the example cost comparison below:

The Formula: 

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The Data:

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The Example Cost Comparison (per Linear Foot Machined):

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The calculation quite accurately illustrates, that although at first look Diamond tools seem to be a costly investment, it is an investment that pays off rather quickly and costs only a fifth of what equivalent Carbide tools would cost.

It may not be necessary to buy Diamond Tools for everyone and every company, but especially those who need their tools to last as long as possible and would like to get as much use out of them as possible, will find that investing in diamond tools is more than cost-effective.  The best applications for diamond tools are those machining  abrasive materials and doing high volume of the same cut. We are now offering select tooling online.