Milwaukee Tool has come out with a new line of circular saw blades, featuring anti-friction coatings, and polymer-filled vibration slots.
There will also be new blades for cutting fiber cement, featuring polycrystalline diamond tips that they say last up to 75X longer than traditional carbide-tipped blades.
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There are 3 fiber cement-cutting blades (7-1/4″, 10″, 12″), and 30 wood-cutting blades, ranging from 5-3/8″ to 12″ in diameter, with different tooth counts and configurations.
The wood-cutting blades are available in framing, fine finish, ultra fine finish, general purpose, ripping, and combination blade styles. The wood-cutting saw blades’ teeth are made from cobalt-infused tungsten carbide.
Milwaukee designed the new blades for cordless efficiency, but they can also be used with corded tools.
I tested out the Fine Finish 7-1/4″ blade yesterday, in a Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ cordless miter saw. It left a clean finish, with edges that didn’t require any further work, even when cutting 1/2″ baltic birch plywood.
At the recent NPS18 media event, there was a circular saw blade cutting race, showing that these new blades cut through wood with a little less effort than the previous blades, resulting in faster application speeds. Personally, I cannot really tell the difference. The difference is too slight for me to notice without doing A vs. B tests.
The new blades are nice, however. Will they convert me over from my usual preference for Diablo and Freud blades? Probably not. But I am happy to see Milwaukee making a competitive effort.
So far, I’m happy with the performance of the blade I tested out (7-1/4″ 40T Fine Finish).
Usually when planning ahead, I’ll order blades from my usual brand online. But if I needed a blade TODAY, and I knew the local store carried these Milwaukee blades, I’d likely head on over to pick one up.
I want to see further expansion of the blade lineup. Maybe some new non-ferrous TCG blades for cutting aluminum and plastic?
These new blades have already popped up online, and should show up at typical Milwaukee tool and accessory dealers.
Are these blades the best ones out there? I don’t know. But the one I tested is decent, and good enough to keep on the miter saw.
I’d like to see some holiday season or Father’s Day promo pricing on blade packs. Milwaukee has a great reputation when it comes to reciprocating saw blades and hole saws, but I don’t think they’ve ever been especially recognized for their circular saw blades, at least not any more than other power tool brands. Maybe these blades will change that. A lot of saw users are stuck with their preferences, and Milwaukee is going to have to do something to get these blades in their hands.
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(All of the new blades are white with red lettering, as shown above.)
Just curious – what blade size do you guys use most often? For me, it used to be fine-finish 6-1/2″ circular saw blades and 10″ combination blades, but these days it’s more 7-1/4″ circular and miter saw blades, and 10″ combo blades. So, I’d say 7-1/4″ x 40T, and 10″ x 50T.
Thank you to Milwaukee for the test samples!