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Winter 2013-2014

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Inexpensive Blade for Suspect Lumber








I’m always on the lookout for orphaned boards. I’ve reclaimed lots of useful material from old pallets, downed trees, remodeling job sites and salvage yards; I’ve even rescued weathered siding from old barns. I try to remove all the nails, dirt and grit before sawing my salvaged treasures. But to make sure I don’t damage one of my expensive blades, I cut these boards with an inexpensive 7-1/4-in. circular saw blade purchased at a home center. These blades can cut boards as thick as 1-1/2 in. and they’re designed for tough use, with teeth made from a softer but less brittle grade of carbide. 







glasbrnr wrote re: Inexpensive Blade for Suspect Lumber
on 10-27-2009 6:59 PM

Good tip. Even with a metal detector, I've damage several expensive TS blades.