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« on: November 30, 2015, 12:52:45 pm »

Looking to swap out my 10inch blade on the trim saw, looking for the best all around blade for cutting preforms from slabs.  Any recommendations. 

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 01:28:17 pm »

Get a BD 301 or BD 303 blade. You won't be sorry. They're a little more expensive, but cut smooth, fast & last way longer than the cheapy blades do.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2015, 08:08:35 pm »

Yeah, we just replaced the 303 on ours. Had used it all the way to the core and it was still cutting right up until it used up the last of the rim.

We have a couple of "Hot Dog" blades (forget the model #) that work well, too. I like the segmented rims. We got them cheap on eBay thanks to a tip from a forum member.

Overall, though, a 303 .040" is really good on a 10". The 303 .032" is what I use for slicing small stuff on our 6".
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 08:31:52 pm »

Am I looking for BD or MK 303? Kingsley didn't list a BD

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2015, 08:53:50 pm »

Get hold of John (johnsgems) He's a member who owns a rock shop. He'll get your blades at a good price. Quick shipping too. http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php?action=profile;u=690
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2015, 07:55:15 am »

BD and MK are the same. Barranca was acquired by MK in 2005 according to their website.
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