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GUHDO G-Maxx 2400.100A50 Combination Saw Blade
Suddenly there seems to be a blade war going on in the woodworking world. It seems there are more brands out there right now than only a few years ago. I have been testing many saw blades this past year so I am familiar with what is out there for the most part. Never the less, an old German company named GUHDO has decided now is the right time to grab a share of the North American saw blade market. I was asked to give their 2400.100A50 10” combination 50T blade a workout and I am always happy to test saw blades because the testing is straight forward.
This test began by mounting the blade in our new SawStop PCS. The blade was a standard size so I didn’t have to adjust the clearance on the saw. I snugged the blade tight and then proceeded to rip some birch plywood down for a project. I ripped several 4 inch strips from the worst plywood I have ever purchased and the GUHDO blade produced a smooth edge with no saw marks at all and no splintering on either face. Another thing that impressed me was the sound the blade made while cutting. It has a sound you hear in great steel like fine Japanese swords. After ripping up all the plywood I went to work on some bed parts out of 8/4 maple ripping the boards to width. This is a chore I normally do with a rip blade however I took this opportunity to find out if this blade will rip through material where most combination blades fail. I was feeling optimistic about the German blade and it performed well beyond my expectations. I think this blade rips so well because of the geometry of the teeth, positioned in groups of five teeth and then a gullet for clearance, making this like a rip blade on steroids. I have to say I was shocked at how well this blade ripped, performing as well as my favorite rip blade. The cut was smooth and glue up ready.
To test its cross cutting ability I cross cut a few hundred pieces for the projects I am working on and found the blade cross cuts as well as it rips. The rip and crosscut finish matched or exceeded the performance from my Forrest blades and it did so at less than half the price.
So what makes the GUHDO 2400.100A50 so special? Well, first off the electrostatic coating gives the blade good looks and reduces friction. That means the blade will run cooler and resist burning the wood. Next is the geometry of the teeth. Each group of 5 teeth includes four alternate bevel ground teeth followed by a single flat raker tooth, providing flat bottomed saw kerfs for non-through cuts. This unique design is the most innovative I have seen in a combination blade. Of course there is that fine German steel, and the circumferential way the blades are ground flat. Add this up and you have a top shelf blade which, combined with its current price point gives you the best deal in a blade today. Saw blades of high quality are a must in all shops and getting a great blade at an affordable price is a tremendous feature. Combine all this with the easy clean up because of the electrostatic coating and you have a 5 star blade. I can’t wait to test more specialty blades from GUHDO because normally specialty blades outperform the combination blades.