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Change in diamond blade purchasing

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    We been buying these 14" Turbo Segmented diamond blades. Cost around $200 - $225 each. They last a long long time.

    Well one day we needed a blade, so I bought a cheap one from our local supplier. Cost 80 bucks.

    And you know what? The $80 blade lasts almost just as long as the $200 blade.

    I think we'll continue to use the $80 ones.

  2. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    There's way too many blades out there to say "the $80 blade". Some cheap blades are good, most are just cheap. A guy bought a cheap blade from a dealer near me and got a segment in the shin, needing surgery to fix. I think the 150-200 mark is comfortable, but talk to people about what they're using first to get the best $200 blade out there.
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    I found out on of my suppliers that sells a blade for $200 only pays $70 for them. Makes gauging a blade by its cost, not so creditable.
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    I needed a 12" one day while on a job and didn't want to spend $$$ cause I have 2 good 14's. Spent $56 and figured if it made it through the job I would be happy. I have been using it to cut everything and it just wont die. Biggest thing I notice with the cheaper ones is they are louder and get vibration wobbles.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    There's diamond count and this and that that goes into the blades but I've used so many different ones, I can't say one is better than the other. The best is a new one and once its run a bit, they all seem to be the same.

    I was told that if a blade is cutting slow, cut some asphalt. The aggregate is not that great for it and will "clean" the blade. I've yet to try it.
  6. P.L.

    P.L. LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 67

    I used to spend a lot on blades. Now I buy them for under $60 bucks at harbor freight. They last a long time and you can get 3 or 4 for the priceof one. I also get all my small grinder baldes from them, I think they cost less than $10 and work great.
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    Funny I killed a blade once doing that. Well it was about done anyways.
  8. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 135

    cutting any dissimilar material will remove any glazing and reveal more diamonds.

    asphalt wouldn't be my top choice though as the tar can be some nasty stuff.

    cut a piece of stone.
  9. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I've heard the same thing as tthomas and than I heard a brick is good to use as well. I tried the asphalt once and it didn't seem to make much difference, but it was a $60 blade????
  10. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

    I find with the hand held chop saws buying a expensive blade is useless due to the rough handling of the saw. Use water it can make your blade last 4x as long. The MK blades are perfect for pavers and Allan Block. On tub saws get a better blade but dont force the blocks threw and you will get lots of life out of them. I think alot of the cheap blades are made in the same factory and stamped with different brands.

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