So I'm still looking for a suitable replacement for the Sears hollow ground
combination blade. In doing my search, hollow ground blades seem to be
getting rarer. I attempted to order three Irwin 10" hollow ground
combination steel blades for $8 each from Amazon, and now that's even
I suspect that there's a reason for the shortage, as in, newer technology.
I wonder if newer technology has made these blades obsolete, because new
blades cut cleaner. Or is it just that these blades didn't provide the
profit margin that newer blades do.
Short of buying a $150 Forest or Amana blade, can someone recommend a
specific 8-1/4" or 10" blade for less than $20 that will rip smoothly the
old Sears blade did? I tried a Black&Decker 10" Piranha finish blade, and
it takes forever to get through a 2" high cut through a 16-foot length.
Note that I need this blade ONLY for GA boats. I won't otherwise use it
enough to justify the cost of an expensive blade, so please don't say "the
Forest is worth it is in the long run...". I know that.