Spyder circular saw will compete with Diablo, Milwaukee and others
Spyder Tools is expanding even deeper into cutting accessories and doesn't plan to sit by as a backup option. Spyder Circular Saw Blades boast the same premium features as Diablo, Milwaukee, and other quality manufacturers.
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- 7-1/4″ blade diameter
- 5/8″ Arbor with Diamond Knockout
- Nickel-cobalt alloy tungsten carbide teeth
- ATB tooth profile
- Stabilization Vents
- Anti-friction coating
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For Spyder, it was all about getting into the circular saw blade market first, and it looks like they're off to a good start. For standard wood cutting applications, the 7-1/4" blade can handle up to 10,000 RPM. It also has a diamond knockout for the worm drive.
bite the bullet
All the standard features we look for on a premium blade are present. Its 24 teeth are a mixture of tungsten carbide containing nickel and cobalt. The properties of nickel contribute to hardness and provide some additional corrosion resistance. Cobalt adds wear resistance, strength at high temperatures (although tungsten carbide is already very effective at cooling), and greater corrosion resistance.
Most manufacturers keep their specific tungsten carbide compound formulations secret. However, there is a good chance that the teeth of any good framing blade will contain both nickel and cobalt.
Spyder's blend allows these inserts to last six times longer than traditional carbide inserts. They also made a demonstration insert in which carbide lasted ten times longer in these applications.
Every Spyder circular saw blade uses the ATB tooth profile – Alternate Top Bevel. The teeth alternate between left-bevel geometry and right-bevel geometry. This is a pretty standard configuration on frame blades. Sometimes you may see a center rake tooth (ATBR) as an upgrade, similar to the Diablo Tracking Point blade.
Stable, low-friction relationships
For stability, the Spyder cuts the stabilization vents with polymer fill to help dampen any vibrations. A quick way to check how well it's working is to simply tap it with metal and listen for how long it takes for the vent to stop sounding. The Spyder does a better job of dampening vibrations quickly than some blades, although I noticed that the Diablo decays a little faster. Still, it's a great advantage over most stock and cheap replacement blades.
The low-friction coating is mistaken by some for paint on the blade. This coating helps prevent the blade from sticking due to heat buildup and the resin present in the wood. Over time, you'll see it get stained by whatever blade you're using it for. Like its competitors, the Spyder's coating helps the blade flow smoothly through its cut and allows the RPM to remain higher, resulting in faster cuts.
The coating is actually baked, not painted. That's why it may stain but won't wear down and expose bare steel like cheap blades.
Expect to pay around $10 for this blade — on par with the Diablo. We recently saw them for $6.97 at Lowe's, so if you find them on sale, keep your eyes peeled and stock up.
The cutting performance we saw was on par with what we've come to expect from other premium framing blades in this price range. It's definitely worth picking a few and trying them out for your next job.
Have you tried a Spyder circular saw blade on your saw? Tell us what you think in the comments below!