Kit and Tools Tuesdays - Trend Waveform Sawblades archive
Tuesday 26 May 2015
High-quality sawblades are essential for the professional woodworker, and Anthony Bailey found out this set from Trend will certainly cut more than the mustardError loading Partial View script (file: ~/Views/MacroPartials/cwsGalleryImages.cshtml)
It doesn't matter whether you are using a tablesaw, radial arm saw, compound mitre saw or cutting plastics and non-ferrous metal; you need good blades, and Trend Waveform sawblades seem to be the perfect answer for the professional.
Trend sent us a batch of blades to try: universal rip, general purpose, combination, trimming/crosscut and radial arm crosscut. These are part of a larger range that also encompasses fine trim/finishing and panel trimming, plus aluminium and plastic cutting blades. It seems a little mind-boggling, but if you have the saw and a specific requirement it is relatively easy to choose using the handy colour-coded guide in the Trend catalogue, or you can contact their technical department for a fast, friendly response. Depending on the blade type, they vary in size from 150mm dia. x 25 tooth TCT right up to 350mm dia. x 108 TCT teeth, with everything in between and a variety of blade bore sizes to suit most needs, although they are mainly supplied as 30mm as a standard. However, they can also supply reducing bushes to suit smaller arbors.
Trend state that their blades have micro-granular TCT tips that are resharpenable, with hardened and tempered blade bodies, laser-cut from chrome-alloyed steel plate. The arbor bores are reamed exactly to size for a balanced fit and laser etching on each blade describes exactly what type and its specification, thus making it easy to choose the correct one in the workshop or on site.