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We used the Diablo 10-inch 90-tooth Ultimate Flawless Finish blade on a job-site table saw to cut 1-inch-thick white oak. Rips took noticeably less effort than with other carbide blades, and crosscuts were smooth with no splintering. The manufacturer credits the blade’s “Axial Shear Face Grind” tooth geometry — which combines alternate top bevels with faces that are angled to slice more cleanly through the wood surface — and thin kerf design. The blade comes in 10- and 12-inch models for $60 and $70 respectively.

Freud, 800/334-4107, diablotools.com.