Fine Finish Saw Blades
- Product Review (submitted on June 12, 2012):
Owners of 6-1/2 inch saws have few options in finish cut blades for wood. The GilaTool 60-tooth blade is an excellent choice. In a Ridgid 6-1/2 inch framing saw it produces splinter-free cuts for me in 3/4 inch Chinese oak veneer plywood. This wood is known for its exceptionally thin veneer.
I compared the blade with an excellent 40-tooth carbide tipped Tenryu sawblade, a 36-tooth Matsushita sawblade, and a 140-tooth all-steel finish blade. The Gila saw blade cut smoother than the 40 tooth blade, which itself cut very similar in smoothness to the Matsushita blade. The 140 tooth steel blade made the smoothest cuts of all, but cut much slower and I would expect it to remain sharp a shorter time.
The four star rating reflects the rather ordinary finish of the blade and, to my possibly-fallible perception, a bit less polish on the teeth than found on the other two carbide blades. That said, I currently know of no better choice for a 6-1/2 inch finish blade.