I was recently given the opportunity to test several Freud Diablo circular saw blades in my miter and table saws. Diablo blades are available in a wide selection of sizes and styles and are easy to find online and locally at Home Depot.
The consensus is that Diablo saw blades balance great quality with excellent value, and are a good choice when replacing or upgrading the OEM blades that are often bundled with new saws.
Over the span of a few months I used these blades in numerous home improvement projects and have been consistently impressed with their performance. These blades were used and tested with a Dewalt DW745 table saw, and a Makita LS1016L sliding compound miter saw.
As part of the review I tested 3 different Diablo 10 inch saw blades:
- D1040X 10 inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose blade
- D1050X 10 inch 50 Tooth ATB Combination blade
- D1024X 10 inch 24 Tooth ATB Ripping blade
The general purpose and combination blades are suitable for use in either miter or table saws, while the ripping blade is intended for table saw use only. All of these blades have 0.098-inch thin kerf designs, laser-cut stabilizer vents to reduce noise and vibration, and a Perma-Shield non-stick coating that helps to reduce friction, heating, gumming-up, and resists corrosion.
These Diablo blades all featured Freud’s exclusive shock-resistant TiCo Hi Density carbide teeth, which they claim maintains blade sharpness up to four times longer than standard carbide blades.
Thin kerf blades work especially well in lower-powered saws, as their narrow teeth remove less wood so that the motor doesn’t have to work as hard. The disadvantage is that thin kerf blades can sometimes easily deflect, and that they do not tolerate high temperatures as well. This is not something we noticed with these blades, but are tradeoffs to be mindful of.
Diablo D1040X General Purpose Blade:
The D1040X 10 inch 40 Tooth ATB General Purpose blade has been recently redesigned to include a 30 degree alternate top bevel (ATB) called the Precision Shear Point which increases cutting life and results in cleaner cuts. The 40 tooth count makes it a good general purpose blade in the miter saw, but this blade can also be used to rip materials in a table saw.
In my 10 inch Makita sliding miter saw, I was impressed that the saw cut effortlessly and produced a reasonably smooth cut. At one point I did accidentally chop through a hidden nail in 4×4 lumber, but the carbide teeth held up nicely with no noticeable damage or change in cut quality or performance.
Crosscut performance was equally as good in the table saw. Ripping did require a bit of patience, as the blade cuts fairly slow in this direction, but it still produces clean and smooth rip cuts.
Please note that the blade I tested is a new version of the D1040X. The older generation D1040X had a 15° standard ATB carbide tooth cutting angle, the newer blade has a 30° angle that Diablo says provides for longer cutting life, cleaner cuts in sheet goods, and effortless cutting with an easier feed rate.
Street Price: $32
Diablo D1050X Combination Saw Blade:
The D1050X 10 inch 50 Tooth ATB Combination blade has an interesting blade design that makes it a great multi-purpose do-everything blade. Every 5 teeth are separated by a deep gullet that provides effective chip removal for rip cuts, and the high tooth count provides for finer cross cuts.
I was skeptical about using this blade in a table saw to rip lumber, due to its high tooth count, but it proved to be very effective and did not burn the wood at all. It was only slightly slower than using a 24 tooth ripping blade. The gullets provided excellent chip removal and allowed this blade to perform much closer to a normal ripping blade while providing a very smooth cut.
In crosscuts on either the table or miter saws, it performed very close to the 60 tooth finish blade that I had previously mounted in the miter saw.
Street Price: $37
Diablo D1024X Ripping Saw Blade:
The D1024X 10 inch 24 Tooth ATB Ripping blade is the ideal blade for general construction ripping needs. With its thin kerf, this blade is at home in a contractor or jobsite table saw and can rip sheet goods and lumber with ease.
In my Dewalt DW745 table saw (guards removed for the photo) this blade zipped right through plywood, pine, and even hardwoods with little hesitation. There was very little tearout and it produced a clean cut that definitely put the stock Dewalt blade to shame.
Street Price: $30
These blades all performed very well in my limited testing and I experienced none of the typical thin kerf shortcomings. It looks like the blades’ laser-cut stabilizers and Perma Shield coatings are in fact very effective at reducing heat. There were no blade deflections or warping that I could detect.
The D1040X is an excellent choice for more general cross cutting with the ability to rip a clean cut if needed. With the D1040X in a miter saw, the D1024X would be an excellent pair for the table saw and serve to accomplish a majority of needs over time.
If I had to pick a single blade to use in both saws, I would definitely pick the D1050X combination saw blade as I was very impressed with its performance in both crosscut and ripping roles. I would be concerned that the finer cut and higher tooth count would sooner lead to a dull blade, but in the meantime it very effectively lives up to its combination blade namesake.
I definitely recommend that you consider Freud’s Diablo saw blades serious consideration for your woodworking sawing needs. Whether you’re a contractor, woodworker, or even a DIYer, these blades are high performance yet economically priced options for many cutting tools.
The observations and opinions discussed here should translate well to Diablo’s larger 12 inch smaller 7-1/4 and 6-1/2 inch circular saw blades.
As of the time of this review, these blades are all made in Italy.
Thank you to Diablo for providing the review samples unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.