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Best Miltre Saw Blade 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Finding the right miter saw blade is not always that easy, particularly as there are so many different blades on the market right now. Some miter saws need to be used with very specific blades, whereas others can be used with a range of compatible blades. Regardless of what type of saw you have, you may struggle to find the right blade. However, we have made life a little easier for you and reviewed 5 of the very best blades so you can get that little bit closer to finding the right blade for the job. Take a look below for more information:

Product Reviews

The DEWALT DW72100PT saw blade has a 12-inch circumference and a pleasant black/yellow finish that buyers of DEWALT products will recognize. Sold for approximately $158, the blade has ultra-sharp edges that mean splintering is reduced dramatically. With a tough coat finish and dampening slots that help to reduce vibration, users should find that this blade is one of the best products on the market.

With a great reputation for giving an excellent cut, the blade weighs just 2.8 pounds, and measures 15.1 x 13.3 x 0.4 inches and comes with a coated finish that helps to reduce friction and heat. The laser-cut body allows users to achieve a very accurate cut, and the carbide teeth look as though they will cut through just about anything. If you are looking for a great quality saw blade that will make light work of your jobs, the DEWALT DW72100PT could be the right choice for you.

Pros

  • It has carbide teeth
  • Coated finish which reduces vibrations
Cons

  • It is the most expensive out of our choices

The DEWALT DW3106P5 is a much smaller blade than the previous model, but this does not mean that it is not a good quality product. Sold for approximately $32, the DW3106P5 comes with 10 inches of toughness, and 2 blades. Made with tough tungsten carbide, the blades will stay sharper for much longer than many other blades, and the thin kerf is there so you get a very smooth cutting action.

Ideal for use on slide miter saw and miter saw jobs, these blades have a reputation for not wearing down easily. Weighing 3.2 pounds in the box, and measuring 14.5 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches these blades can be used for cutting wood composites, plywood, and natural wood. With 60 teeth, and the ability to offer a precise and even finish, the DEWALT DW3106P5 are well worth considering.

Pros

  • It cuts wood composites, plywood, and natural wood
  • It is made of tough tungsten carbide
Cons

  • It is aimed at cutting woods

The Freud 12 Inch sliding miter saw blade comes with a nice red finish and is ideal for radial arm saws and miter blades, Sold for approximately $88, this blade has 72 teeth, and a negative hook which helps to minimize climbing, so you have better control. Allowing for a faster feed rate and ideal for use on laminate, crosscuts, plywood, chip board and rips wood, this blade has a good reputation for being a reliable blade.

The Perma-SHIELD coating has been added to protect against pitch build-up, corrosion, and gumming so that the blade lasts longer.  Weighing just 2.4 pounds, and measuring 11.8 x 12.3 x 0.7 inches, the Freud 12 inch blade has an anti-vibration design and has added carbide so its cutting edge is sharper. A good solid blade, suitable for a wide variety of jobs, the Freud 12 inch could be exactly what you need.

Pros

  • It has a negative hook helping to minimize climbing
  • Has anti-vibration design and has added carbide so its cutting edge is sharper
Cons

  • It is priced at the higher end of the price range

The Freud D12100X circular saw blade is ultra-fine, and is ideal for use on wood and wood composites. Sold for approximately $96, this blade has been manufactured for use with miter saws, and comes with a laser cut stabilizer, which helps to reduce vibration and noise whilst stabilizing the blade at the same time. Weighing 3 pounds, and measuring 1 x 14 x 16 inches, the Freud D12100X has a reputation for producing a professional finish and being ideal for occasional use.

The shear-face design allows for easily cuts with a lowered am draw, and helps to maximize performance while also producing less waste. With a 15-degree hook angle, this blade could be ideal for all of your jobs, whilst producing less noise and waste so you have a more enjoyable user experience.

Pros

  • It can change speeds from 2,000 RPM – 5,200 RPM
  • Has built-in torque limiter which works to prevent burnout
Cons

  • Needs a change of blade

The Makita A-93681 10 inch saw blade has a clean silver finish and is sold for approximately $30. With 80 carbide teeth and hand tensioned steel saw plates, this blade is thought to be ideal for use with plywood, hardwood, and softwood. Weighing just 1.7 pounds, and measuring 12 x 11.8 x 0.2 inches, this blade has a good reputation for being of excellent quality and offering a very smooth cut.

The carbide teeth have been honed and have up to 600 grit so there is a mirror finish. The hook angle is 5 degrees, and the thin kerf measures just 0.91 inches with a plate thickness of 0.71 inches. If you are in the market for a 10-inch blade, the Makita A-93681 could be exactly what you need.

Pros

  • It is priced at $30
  • Can be used on plywood, hardwood, and softwood
Cons

  • It isn't suited for metals

Buying guide

Slide action

Some saws come with a slide action that allows the user to cut very wide pieces of wood. If you are looking to use a slide, action saw, you would need to make sure that the blade is suitable for this. If the blade you are using is not suitable for use in a slide action saw, you will need to purchase one that is. The size of the (suitable) blade and its specifications will tell you whether it is suitable for use in this type of saw. If you plan to cut very wide pieces of wood, you will need to use a big blade that has a larger width that can be used in a sliding saw.

Size of blade

The type of blade that you buy will be determined by the type of material you wish to cut. The blade itself will also determine the depth of the cut. A blade that comes with a 30mm bore is ideal for use in a saw that has a 30mm bore. You will need to check your user manual for information about the blade diameters that you can use, so make sure you read up on this and only stick to using blades that are within the suggested minimum and maximum range.

When it comes to the diameter of the blade, you will need to make sure that you use the right size blade as per your saw. If you use a blade that is too large, you may end up damaging the guard that you have fitted, rendering it unsafe. Always use the recommended diameter so you are working safely and effectively.

Some miter saws come with an 8-inch blade, but others have a 10 or 12 inch blade. The size of the saw will depend on the job that you need to do. Some blades are multipurpose, which means they can cut more than one different type of material, but you will find there are also specific blades for use with specific materials. For example, some blades are made to be used with wood, others with aluminum, and others with steel. It is therefore important that you buy the right blade for the job. 

Questions

How long will it last?

The life of each miter saw blade would differ depending on what material you are cutting, and how well the blade has been made. You can potentially extend the life of your blade if you keep it clean, and only use it with the right materials. You may need to have your blade re-sharpened from time to time, and doing so could extend its life, meaning you could have the same blade for up to 10 years. Once your blade has been re-sharpened, wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. This will lengthen the blades life, and make cutting so much easier.

Some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.

How to attach a blade

Attaching a blade to a saw is not that difficult, but the methods you use can depend on the saw’s make and model. However, once you have changed one saw blade, you will know how to change blades on most other models out there.

To begin with, you need to ensure the saw is turned off. Then remove the blade guard by loosening the screw, once you have done that simply move the guard out of the way. Press the spindle lock so that the blade is secure, and then take an Allen wrench and use it to turn the bolt that holds the blade to the saw. Remove the outer washer and dispose of the blade carefully.

Read your user is manual to make sure that you know how to replace the blade. Some makes and models do differ in their replacement guide, so be sure to follow the instructions. Wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. Now take your new blade and install it so that the teeth are facing down. Put the outer washer back on, and tighten it. Now fasten the bolt with your Allen wrench so it is nice and tight. Now take a screwdriver and attach the blade guard. Your saw blade should now be ready to use.

Should you buy a cheap blade and often or expensive and long-term?

Some miter saw blades can be quite expensive and their price could ultimately prevent you from buying them. Some cheaper models are thought to be just as good as some of the more expensive ones, but some of them are not so great. If you plan to be, using your miter saw a lot, you may want to think about buying a more expensive blade, as you could have the same blade for up to 10 years.

If you are not planning to use your miter saw very often, then a cheaper blade may be ideal. Please make sure that you only ever use a blade that is thought to be compatible with your saw, as using the wrong type of blade could cause serious injury.

As we have already seen, some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.

Should you buy the same brand as your Miter Saw?

The manufacturers of your miter saw are likely to state that you should only use the saw blades that they recommend. However, some cheaper saw blades are likely to be compatible with your brand, although the quality of the cut may not be quite as good. If you need to use a blade that has a high quality cut, you may want to stick with using the same brand as your miter saw, however if you don’t need a high quality cut, a cheaper brand may work just as well. Please note that if an issue with your miter saw arises while you are using a cheaper blade, your warranty may no longer be valid. It may, therefore, be wise to keep using the right branded miter saws until your warranty expires.

Conclusion

By now, you should have a much better idea about the type of miter saw blade you wish to buy. Think about what you need it for, how often you are going to use it, and of course, how much you are willing to pay for it. Use the above blades as a guide so you are that little bit closer to finding the right miter saw blade for you.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Lucille Shumski - February 25, 2018

I like the Ka-Bar BK2 yes it’s heavy but takes the punishment it’s given and easy to sharpen in the field. Made my own handles too so better in the wet.

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