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Bradeno 01-22-2013 02:13 AM

12" 60 Tooth Bosch Daredevil Blade for 4" crown and 6" base?
Is this a good blade for such fine finishing work as crown?

I am looking for some tips as to how to choose the correct 12" blade.

I currently have an unopened 12" 60 (could also get an 80) Tooth Bosch Daredevil Blade that I got for 4" crown and 6" base from Menards, but was told by a contractor friend of mine that he only uses 100 tooth Makita blades, while other people say only Freud Diablo or Forrester WWII or Matsu****a.

Just wondering about the differences in each of these blades and if I should avoid any of them or if they will flex too much. I don't need the blade to last 10 years or be resharpened 6 times, I just need it to make it through these two jobs with precise smooth cuts.

The crown is stained, not painted.

As usual, any knowledge/advice would be appreciated greatly!

Thank you everyone.

47_47 01-22-2013 06:16 AM

I have both the Forrest Woodworker II and the Freud Diablo 12"-80 tooth blades for my chop saw. WWII is thicker, deflects less and leaves a glass smooth finish on the cuts. The Freud leaves almost as good a finish and is less expensive.

I would recommend either, but if you can swing it, advantage WWII. It depends on how much finish trim you have to do and how much you want to spend.

hand drive 01-22-2013 07:23 AM

the more teeth on the blade the slower you have to make the cuts and the less chance of the blade grabbing and throwing material. bear down slowly with the pressure of the blade when making the cut and let the blade work through the wood, do not force it.

joecaption 01-22-2013 07:34 AM

60 teeth is not enough teeth for trim.
I find an 80 tooth to be a good number, it still cuts fast and gives you a smooth cut.
You are going to to be coping all the base boards, right?
This is one worth while tool to use when cutting any trim that I use to help get tighter fitting joints.

It will give you the exact angle every time for single or double cuts so there's no wasting time test fitting.
Almost never are inside or outside corners an exact 90 deg. angle. With stained trim even a few deg. off will leave a gap.

Bradeno 01-22-2013 10:07 AM

If I go back and get the daredevil 80 tooth, do you guys think it would be excellent for trim, or am I better off with a different brand/style of blade?

I have never heard anyone talk about the quality of the daredevil bosch blades, so I am a little hesitant now.

Should I buy Makita instead?


(And, yes, I will be coping the base/crown)

woodworkbykirk 01-22-2013 11:14 AM

the blade your using depends on the type of material your using. if your doing stain grade you need a really high tooth count. if its mdf a 44 tooth will work fine on a 12" saw, i use 44 tooth diablo blades for paint grade all the time with out issue and a 100 tooth diablo for stain grade

brand wise it depends on the person. i prefer diablo blades mostly because i get them cheaper than most do to my contractors discount

Bradeno 01-22-2013 11:41 AM

It is Maple and it is stained (the crown) while the base is painted white.

I am surprised no one here has tried the Bosch Daredevil blades.

I will definitely pick up the 80 tooth.

ONE QUESTION though: If I were to pick up the Makita 100 tooth instead, what is the difference between the white and black versions of there 100 tooth blade? Why is the black so much more expensive?

Thanks again.

47_47 01-22-2013 12:14 PM

Check to see if the black blade is teflon coated.

woodworkbykirk 01-22-2013 02:27 PM

47 is right.. the makita black blades have a coating to reduce pitch and gum sticking to them

as for the bosch mitre saws blades, their not readily available yet, the 7 1/4 blades just showed up in canada about 5 months ago.. i have several of them which i recieved free directly from bosch.. The makita blades are really nice from what ive heard. their available here only through one store but much pricier than freuds. definitely go with atleast a 80 tooth blade for the maple

Bradeno 01-22-2013 02:35 PM

So you think the 80 tooth bosch would do a great job then (I am in the states and Menards carries all the Daredevil blades...wish they had a 100 tooth, but there isn't one)

And, for these 2 jobs, do you think the Makita white is better/equivalent? Or should I definitely go with black (from what you have heard)? This will be my first good miter saw and blade and I don't want to screw it all up :)


woodworkbykirk 01-22-2013 08:37 PM

the white or the black makita blade will do you fine. with the white blade you might have to clean it more often with oven cleaner.. this is a cheaper method of extending the life of the blade before sending it for sharpening

as for the bosch blade its hard to say. i like the 7 1/4 blades.. the only 12" blade ive used by them is the one that came on my bosch 12" mitre saw.. its a utility blade that i use only for decks and framing its not much for trim work. but not having used the daredevil trim blade i dont have anything to go on

Bradeno 01-22-2013 09:32 PM

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I ended up getting a Diablo blade (used, but in great condition) with the saw for free, so I am just going to stick with that.

Thanks everyone!

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