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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.
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…
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.