Does anybody have any information about OLDHAM saw blades? I was just at a show here in Charlotte, NC last weekend. TWC had some OLDHAM blades that they were demoing. Are they as good as they say? Does anybody have any alternatives or better suggestions? What different types of blades will I need to setup a new shop?
I bought the "Special Combo" last weekend. It was their Ultimate Woodworker Combination Blade and The Ultimate Woodworker Fine Crosscut Blade, two stiffeners, and storage cases and two sharpening coupons for $149. I put the Combo blade in my saw when I got home, because I wanted to see if it worked on my saw like it did at the demo. I ripped som 8/4 red oak to start with and it worked unbelievably well. I was ripping off 1/64th strips like it butter. I am now suitably impressed. Time will tell if they last.
I bought their combo blade a few years ago and still am impressed. I talked Glen into trying the blade and he is using it in a production shop for a while now. We wanted him to give them the real hard test.
He should be giving us an update soon.
Oldham has a number of different quality blades and it is the professional series that is the the one we are talking about here.
I went into my local HD and saw a display for Oldham contractor blades and while I have not tried them. I assume that they are not as solid as the TWC sold blades.
Thanks for your input guys. I was remarkably impressed with the performance.
Once I actually get around to purchasing a TS, most likely a Delta at this point, these professional blades will most likely be the series of choice. After I convince the wife that I really need them!!!! lol
Maybe after I rip through a couple of the cheaper ones first I can convince her!!!! Any suggestions as to what types (crosscut, rip, etc.)?
I was at the Charlotte show as well and saw the same demonstration. While I don't have a table saw, I did buy an Oldham 60 tooth carbite blade for my cicular saw and it works like a dream. I never thought a blade could make that much difference in the quality of cuts with a circular saw.
Charlotte had a pretty nice show this year. I look forward to next year.
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