Diablo has stepped the game up YET AGAIN with this new tracking point saw blade. Battery-operated saws can now make it through cutting with far less batteries dying as quickly, even through hardwood, pressure treated wood, and nail-embedded studs. GAME CHANGER!!!
This new 7 1/4" saw blade was sent to me by Diablo, and I was extremely excited to test it out. Diablo has really been changing the "saw game" if there is such a thing...with a whole line of new carbide blades. Out of the package I could tell this blade was stout.
The blade touts a 24 tooth "tracking point" design that acts as a rudder to keep the blade cutting straight and reduces vibration as well as wear on the carbide teeth. The point of this blade over others is that it is meant specifically for cordless tools. Cordless tools wear down batteries when cutting through hard or pressure-treated wood, and vibration can create a bigger load on the tool taking the efficiency of the battery down dramatically. So this blade has a number of features that help cordless use boost their efficiency.
With the new tracking point design the surface area for the carbide is doubled giving a better impact resistance and durability when cutting through wood that has nails in it.
The blade also comes with a red perma-shield non-stick coating that protects the blade from excess heat which can gum up and corrode the blade. Again, these are features that will dramatically help the longevity of cordless use. Less charging and burning through batteries, more cutting and getting work done! Of course this blade will rip through corded applications as well, it's simply designed to out-pace other blades when using a battery-operated saw too.
The blade has a small circular hole for use with most saws, as well as a diamond knockout in the center for worm-drive style saws. Simply use a screwdriver or needle-nose pliers to pull the knockout out of the saw, and stick it on your tool.
Sawing with this blade is impressive. You can feel less "grab" from the density and composition of the material, and it rips through wood like a champion. Regardless if you're using this blade in a worm-drive saw, or standard circular saw these blades have no trouble getting the job done. You can tell in a battery powered saw that the saw is not trying so hard to cut or to stay on a straight path when cutting. It's almost as if the blade allows the tool to breathe more. That sounds a little "woo-woo" but it's true. I can tell a difference in my battery-powered worm-drive style saw between this and a traditional 7 1/4" 24-tooth blade.
As with most of Diablo's blades, this tool is a killer to have on a jobsite. The days of buying cheap disposable blades for one-day's worth of use is over. If you're a remodeler, framer, electrician, plumber, concrete-worker, or HVAC guy...you need to think about starting to spend a little more on quality blades that will help you be more efficient and do more work without having to keep changing out crappy blades. With almost ALL tools nowdays moving to cordless, the battery-efficiency alone is worth having this blade for. Definitely a 5-star tool in my opinion.