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Offline CeeJay

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Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« on: May 26, 2020, 06:49 PM »
I had to get my 48 tooth TS55 blade sharpened which means no blade for a couple of weeks. I ordered a replacement Diablo blade as a back up - a 40 tooth blade:


https://www.timbecon.com.au/professional-crosscut-and-panel-circular-saw-blades

Has anyone used one - any issues? It’s less than half the cost of a new 48 tooth Festool blade.

It has a 2.4mm kerf rather than 2.2mm. I don’t imagine the extra 0.1mm will adversely affect the splinterguards but could be wrong. Has anyone got experience?


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Offline CeeJay

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2020, 06:50 PM »
Oops posted in wrong area. Mods pls move it if you can.


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Offline Rob Z

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2020, 07:32 PM »
Hello

I have owned quite a few Freud blades and always was happy with the quality.  I never bought one for my track saws but I did buy quite a few by Oshlun.  They were quite a bit less than the Festool blades but for remodel jobs sometimes they were the better choice .

Offline Bohdan

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 08:00 PM »
Use a 48 tooth Diablo Steel Demon when cutting around nails or suspect timber.

Offline ear3

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 09:07 PM »
Oshlun is a good beater blade.  The main difference is the blade life, as the Oshlun will dull more quickly.


I had to get my 48 tooth TS55 blade sharpened which means no blade for a couple of weeks. I ordered a replacement Diablo blade as a back up - a 40 tooth blade:


https://www.timbecon.com.au/professional-crosscut-and-panel-circular-saw-blades

Has anyone used one - any issues? It’s less than half the cost of a new 48 tooth Festool blade.

It has a 2.4mm kerf rather than 2.2mm. I don’t imagine the extra 0.1mm will adversely affect the splinterguards but could be wrong. Has anyone got experience?


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Offline CeeJay

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2020, 09:14 PM »
Ok thanks. Oshlun not easy to find in Australia but will keep my eyes peeled.


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Offline jasen

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 02:07 AM »
ceejay. It may not help you due to needing a blade now.
For the Aussie/Kiwis there are not many options especially with 2.2 Kerf
My limited experience and knowledge that changing the Kerf will slice as you stated. 0.1mm shouldnt make too much a of a difference. I just didn't want to take the risk/inaccuracy at the time - I like to think I want to be as accurate as possible LOL - I need all the help I can get. I would like to hear your experiences. Also where did you get your blade sharpened - for future reference?

I ended up buying an assortment of Axminster cutpro blades - cheap for Aussie standards. I bought all 3. Delivery was quick - I cant find what I paid for postage but I did include other items <1k before GST on imports came in.

https://www.axminstertools.com/axcaliber-cutpro-160mm-tct-saw-blades-ax982579

I recently bought a cement blade from trade tools https://www.tradetools.com/product-range/power-tools/accessories/saw-blades/renegade-industrial-160mm-4t-pcd-fibre-cement-blade?gclid=CjwKCAjw_LL2BRAkEiwAv2Y3SThT1upxLPowkL68SGOt1HmAZKAJqDCoo-rxVNPyw9iddIolLpWMHBoCXVoQAvD_BwE

Worked a treat and 2.2mm kerf and $AU 45

Another Aussie here Bohan has used the Diablo blade for cutting steel (1.8mm Kerf)
https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/festool-how-to/what-blade-for-cutting-corrugated-iron/msg561554/#msg561554

I've got original Festool Aluminium blade which also works a treat - I got this blade for AU$70 unused.
 
Not much help for you now but for future reference for the Aussies/Kiwis

Cheers

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2020, 02:34 AM »
Cheers Jasen.

I get my table saw and mitre saw blades sharpened at Brisbane Saw Services in Virginia. I’ve added the Festool blade to ‘the usual’ now I’m a FS user.


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Offline Cheese

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2020, 12:28 PM »

It has a 2.4mm kerf rather than 2.2mm. I don’t imagine the extra 0.1mm will adversely affect the splinterguards but could be wrong. Has anyone got experience?


The Diablo blade will NOT do anything to the splinter guard as it sits in the same position as the standard Festool blade. The blade is attached to a flat hub on the saw so the additional kerf is just added to the RH side of the saw. That's the reason Festool can offer blades of varying kerf thickness for the TS 75 and it isn't an issue.

The issue that you do have to consider is the thickness of the riving knife. The riving knife on the HKC is 1.8 mm thick while the knife on the TSC is 2.0 mm thick.

So using a TSC blade on an HKC will work, although it may take a little more effort. However using an HKC blade on a TSC you could have issues with the riving knife jamming in the kerf.

Offline Svar

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2020, 12:46 PM »
It has a 2.4mm kerf rather than 2.2mm. I don’t imagine the extra 0.1mm will adversely affect the splinterguards but could be wrong. Has anyone got experience?
The Diablo blade will NOT do anything to the splinter guard as it sits in the same position as the standard Festool blade. The blade is attached to a flat hub on the saw so the additional kerf is just added to the RH side of the saw.
Both Freud (Diablo) and Festool 160mm blades have the same 1.6 mm plate, while kerf (teeth width) differ. Having said that, in practice, 0.1 mm makes no noticeable difference on splinter guard wear.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 12:59 PM by Svar »

Offline Blues

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2020, 03:10 PM »
Tenryu blades are awesome. Their silencer series specifically is significantly less noisy. Blades are super sharp. Cut quantity is close to perfect. Give them a try you will not be disappointed. They have a kapex blade as well.
http://www.tenryu.com/products.htm

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Non-Festool blades in TS55/TS75 - feedback?
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2020, 05:05 PM »
Thanks all for the comments, very helpful. I’m confident the Diablo blade will be fine now. Much appreciated.


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