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Spend extra on the blade instead of the power saw
Mount a dull steel blade on a new, $400 circular saw, and the professional-grade tool will slowly chop a ragged cut, and probably leave burn marks on the wood from excessive friction. But mount a new, top-line carbide blade on a $35 entry-level saw, and the cut will be clean and smooth.
By Mike McClintock, Special to Tribune Newspapers
August 2, 2010