Dewalt has come out with a new break-away reciprocating saw blade with a 2-in-1 design. It’s available in 2 sizes, a 6″ blade that breaks up to give you a second 4″ blade, and a 9″ blade that breaks up to give you a second 6″ blade.
The new BREAKAWAY break-away saw blade is made in the USA with global materials, in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
The blades have a 14/18 TPI variable tooth pattern and is designed for metal-cutting applications. The kerf is 0.042″ thick, for durability.
Dewalt designed the blade to tackle common cutting applications, for use on galvanized steel pipe, copper pipe, conduit, metal studs, EMT, and other metallic materials.
Here is how it works:
You load the blade into your reciprocating saw and get to work.
You use and wear out a fraction of the cutting surface. Typical.
Snap the blade, and it separates into 2 parts.
Discard the spent part of the blade and load the fresh blade into your reciprocating saw.
There you go, a fresh blade ready to go!
Here is my first impression in 8 words: Brilliant! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?
Pricing and Purchasing Options
- 10pc set with case (DWABK410SETCS): $24.99
- 8pc set with case (DWABK48SETCS): $19.99
- 6″ 3-pack (DWABK461418P3): $8.99
- 6″ 5-pack (DWABK461418): $13.99
- 6″ individual (DWABK461418B25): $3.10
- 9″ 3-pack (DWABK491418P3): $9.99
- 9″ 5-pack (DWABK491418): $16.99
- 9″ individual (DWABK491418B25): $3.20
It’s not apples to apples, but a 5-pack of DW4811 18 TPI 6-inch metal-cutting blades is $10 on Amazon. A 5-pack of Dewalt FlexVolt DWAFV461418 14/18 TPI 6-inch reciprocating saw blades is $14.39 at Acme Tool, and $18 at Home Depot.
The DW4811 blade does not have a variable tooth profile, and the FlexVolt blade looks to be wider and might have other enhancements.
$2 to $2.50 is pretty typical for a 6-inch reciprocating saw blade that’s packaged in low quantities. These new 6″ blades, in a 5-pack, come to around $2.80 each.
BUT you get 2 blades. So I guess that comes down to $1.40 per cutting surface.
Sounds like a great idea to me! But I’d say it’s not for all applications, and I would be especially hesitant in using it in any application where there might be side play.
Can you see any downsides to these blades?