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Irwin Marples Woodworking Series Circular Saw Blades

By Brad Holden

You'll be seeing a whole bunch of new 10" thin-kerf saw blades in stores pretty soon: the blue Marples line, from Irwin. They’re squarely aimed at the serious woodworker.

The blades feature generously sized carbide tips for multiple resharpenings, a plate that is “precision tensioned” to minimize vibration, and a non-stick coating to reduce friction and gumming and make the blade easier to clean.

Why go thin-kerf? Irwin gives two reasons. First, thin-kerf blades require less power because they remove less wood. This is ideal for 120 volt saws, whose motors max out at about 1-1/2 hp. Second, thin-kerf blades create less sawdust, a benefit everybody will enjoy. Irwin says their new manufacturing process produces a thin-kerf blade that will run as smooth as a standard-kerf blade.

Marples blades are available for rip, general purpose, combination, fine crosscutting and ultra-smooth cross-cutting operations. They also make blades for cutting laminate, melamine and non-ferrous metals. In addition, the Marples line includes 12" blades for miter saws and an 8" stacked dado set.



Irwin,, 800-464-7946, Irwin Marples Woodworking Series Circular Saw Blades; 8" Dado set.