Category Archives: Freud / Diablo

Diamond Edge Cutting Wheels Head to Head

Special Thanks to The Jimbo Slice Workshop for this Guest Post, some great info we think many will find useful!!!

For years we have been using bonded cutting wheels for our metal cutting needs, and for years we’ve understood their limitation and danger. A rotation disc at 13,000 rpms that could explode at any minute. Not only can they break up and hurt users and people standing by, they don’t really last that long. (more…)

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Diablo’s Carbide Tooth Hole Saws Are Here

We’ve seen the market shift over the years from bi-metal to carbide blades, first with circular saws, then pretty recently with recip blades and now transitioning into the hole saw category. The new Diablo Carbide Hole Saws brings long life expectancy and faster cutting through wood and metal. Unlike other carbide hole saws we have seen just for wood which could also handle plastic and perhaps aluminum, these new Diablos can handle actual steel. We have been extremely impressed with the performance of Diablo Carbide Recip Blades in wood & metal and these new Diablo hole saws are very similar.


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Diablo Red Fire

Each year Freud Diablo launches and/or updates several of their main products for a media event just before the STAFDA tradeshow. This year the event was named the Red Fire Media Event although it was a bit confusing because we were expecting to see some new product named Red Fire. Not the case. We did get to see some cool stuff including updates to their carbide recip blades, new carbide hole saws (coming soon), a carbide pruning blade, new Cerment II metal circular blades and finally the Track Point technology added to the Demo Demon Blades with some additional improvements. (more…)

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Freud Diablo Track Point 7-1/4” Framing Saw Blade D0724PX

Freud Diablo Track Point

We heard about this new Diablo blade about 6 months ago but it was a “rolling change” for their most popular Freud Diablo 7-1/4” Framing Circular Saw Blade keeping the same part number. Great news is you can now get the new Diablo Track Point 7-1/4” saw blade D0724PX ($10, limited time BOGO), but be careful to make sure you see the “New Tracking Point” graphic on the left side of the blade or you might actually be buying the older version of the D0724PX. The older version is still a great blade but hopefully after you read this article and watch video you’ll have a better idea why the new blade with Track Point is better.


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Cermet 2 vs Carbide Metal Cutting Saw Blades

Freud Diablo Cermet 2

Recently we meet with the good folks at Freud Diablo to demo some of their new cutting products. One of those product that caught our eye was an upgrade to their 3 most popular Steel Demon metal cutting circular saw blades: 8” D0842CF ($54), 12” D1260CF ($99) & 14” D1472CF ($119). The big upgrade being, tips are now made with Cermet 2 instead of Tungsten Carbide which honestly didn’t mean much to us at the time. It did raise the questions what is “Cermet” and how/why is it an improvement? After doing some additional research, we found out Cermet is a pretty big deal, NASA is using the tech to make new spacecraft parts. It is not technically carbide (even though they put “Cermet 2 Carbide” on blade), it is a composite material made from Ceramic (cer) and Metallic (met) material, the outcome of Cermet is a harder material that is more resistant to heat than traditional tungsten carbide. Cermet 2 (or Cermet II) is the specific composition which holds up best to brazing and grinding, needed to more securely put teeth on a saw blade.

This is not a total new concept to cutting tools as more precision industrial tools have used this before. It is the first time we’ve seen it used in standard 14″ metal cutting blades (especially under $120!). The benefits Freud is claiming with their Cermet 2 tooth blades are up to 3X-5X cutting life (in video you can hear him say up to 20X) and the ability to cut all ferrous metal, both traditional steel and stainless steel with the same blade. See the live demo above which drives that point home.

Metal Saw Wormdrive

Even thought these are the 3 most common size metal blades, there are not too many options in actual metal cutting saws, most of which are pushing their own metal blades. Recently SKILSAW (Freud’s sister company) announced they would be going after professional metal cutting saw business in 2016 with the launch of an 8” worm-drive metal saw and 12” metal chop saw both of which will come with the new Freud Cermet blades. That still leaves an opening in the 14” saw market and since Milwaukee no longer has a 14” metal saw option the majority of new saws that can use these blades will be either Dewalt DW872 ($449) or Morse Metal Devil CSM14MB ($489).

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Freud Diablo PERGO Blades for Bamboo, Hard Woods & Engineered Flooring

Pergoblade Diablo

If you do a lot of flooring installation you are probably already aware of the Freud PERGO Blades, available in 10” D1012LF ($164) and the 12” version D1216LF ($199). We saw these blades in action late last year and were really blown away. While a little pricy upfront just one of these blades should save you thousands in replacement blades and wasted time. These blades are finally hit shelves a month or so ago and the initial reports have been very positive. Bad news for Freud however as it’s going to be pretty tough to get repeat sales on a blade that never dies…

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Freud Premium Fusion Professional Woodworking Blades

Freud Fusion

When doing any woodworking projects a clean strait cutting blade is extremely important. If you’re not cutting strain and square time to get a new saw or at least a tune up. If you want a cleaner cut most of that is going to come down to picking the right saw blade. The Freud Premium Fusion Blades, Full Kerf P410 ($99) and Thin Kerf P410T ($79) are positioned as the cleanest cutting general purpose blades for the money and with several technological advances that make these claim true in many applications. (more…)

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Carbide Recip Blades vs Bi-Metal Recip Blades – Freud, Milwaukee, Lenox & Dewalt

Freud Diablo Carbide

Carbide toothed circular saw blades have pretty much completely replaces bi-metal circular saw blades so why don’t we see the same phenomenon in reciprocating saw blades? At a recent Freud Media Event we had the opportunity to see the Diablo Carbide Recip Blades go head to head with the likes of Dewalt, Milwaukee and Lenox and smoke them (see video below) with this test. The first couple things you might be thinking are 1) All these tests are fake I can’t believe any of them. 2) If the carbide teeth are so much better why haven’t we seen all recip blades go to carbide? 3) Should I make the switch to Carbide?


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Circular Saw Blade Showdown – DeWalt, Freud, Bosch, Irwin

Right off the bat we will be the first to say this test and most others we have read on circular saw blades are pretty flawed. To do it right we would love to take off a week of work and do nothing but cut stuff morning, noon and night. Say 20 of each blade that we could use until they went completely dull ina variety of materials 2”x4” pine, chipboard, shingles on plywood and a test with a nail every 100ft. We would then make a grid and score each blade by application, that way a roofer could judge what is most important to them while framers could see what they care about. In real life for most applications people are not as hard on blades as we have seen in testing so it would be great to get an idea how these blades would handle in several different real world environments. You unfortunately aren’t going to read that here, we have instead put these blades through one of the most abusive test we could think up because of limited time and resources.


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Bosch Acquires Freud Power Tool Accessories

Bosch has been on a shopping spree in 2008 buying up laser brands and accessories companies all over the globe. Hopefully they will find a way to manage all these brands as many of the new brands will stay intact under the new ownership. Read the full Press Release below: 

· In the accessories business, Freud generated sales of 100 million euros in 2007

· Planned acquisition of the four Freud Group manufacturing sites in Italy, as well as of sales companies in North America, China, Italy, and the UK


· Freud power tool accessories business is an excellent regional and technological addition to Bosch portfolio

· Pozzo family will continue to be involved in the business following Bosch acquisition


Stuttgart – Bosch is to acquire the power tool accessories business of the Freud Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy. With this acquisition, Bosch is adding to its existing range of power tool accessories, especially high performance circular-saw blades and router bits. The acquisition is subject to approval by the authorities. The companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

The Freud Group is a global supplier of circular-saw blades, router bits, and cutters for enthusiast woodworkers, professional and industrial users. These products are mainly manufactured in four locations around the city of Udine in north eastern Italy. In this area of activity, the company employs some 580 associates worldwide, and generated sales of 100 million euros in 2007.


“Freud is an innovative supplier of high-quality circular-saw blades, routers, and cutters for professional users in trade and industry. The company is successful worldwide in these segments, especially in North America,” said Uwe Raschke, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and president of the Power Tools division. “This makes Freud a perfect addition to our business, both technologically and regionally. As we further expand this business, we will build on the experience and extensive know-how of Freud associates and managers,” Raschke continued. “In our opinion, Bosch is the best possible partner for the Freud power tool accessories business, and will help it to continue its development worldwide and in particular in North America. Freud know-how and manufacturing competence will certainly strengthen the current Bosch position in this segment,” said Gino Pozzo, managing director of Freud SpA and son of the founder Gianpaolo Pozzo. Gianpaolo and Gino Pozzo will continue to accompany the development of Freud’s accessories business over the next three years as consultants. The family will be represented on various governing bodies and, together with Bosch, help to shape the company´s future.

Freud is Bosch’s fifth strategic acquisition this year to strengthen its Power Tools division. In January and July 2008, Bosch expanded its measuring-tools business by acquiring the Chinese specialist RoboToolz and the U.S. company CST/berger. A few weeks ago, Bosch also purchased parts of the garden irrigation business of L.R. Nelson Corporation, based in Peoria, USA, strengthening its range of garden irrigation products. In addition, it has acquired the majority shareholding in Sia Abrasives, a Swiss manufacturer of flexible abrasive systems.

With power tools, accessories, garden tools, and measuring technology, the Bosch Power Tools division generated sales of 3.1 billion euros in 2007. The division employs a global workforce of roughly 16,000 associates.




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