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    I am cutting out a bunch of the snow flakes for gifts, 4 at a time, out of 1/4" plywood. I usually go through 2-3 olson blades, reg rev tooth. I just tried one of the new FD blades . I used only one of the new FD blades.
    Happy Scrolling Holidays.
    Dean

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    FD are the only blades that I use. I never had great success with the Olson blades. Had bought them when I bought my first saw because I didn't know there were many brands out there. When I ran into problems Mike helped me out and sent me samples. Convinced me for sure.
    Diane
    Dragon
    Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
    Owner of a Dewalt 788
    PuffityDragon on AFSP

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    • #3
      I've been going through up to 3 Olson pgt blades cutting my paper stack (less than an inch thick), both no.5 & no.7 blades.

      Since switching to the FD blades (I buy them under the "Niqua Speed" name) the difference is amazing...one blade lasts for all of the cutting & is still not dulled that much by the end.

      So much for Olson blades lasting alot longer.

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      • #4
        I don't use anything but FD. They last so long I start to feel sorry for MIKE.
        Tom

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        • #5
          I'm also a FD man. I've tried Pegasus, Olson, and other brands but nothing works for me like the FD-SR #3 or #5. Buy then by the gross.

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          • #6
            Same for me on FD blades. They are the best I have ever used.

            Bob
            Delta P-20 & Q-3

            I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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            • #7
              Yes, what Bob said.
              Dave
              Dave
              "Tight's tight, too tight's broken"

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              • #8
                Each to his own, but I still prefer Olson's. They may not stay sharp quite as long, but I find the thin ones break less frequently, but more important to me, I can make much sharper turns with these. They seem to be a bit more rigid. I think it all depends on what you're cutting. I only use flat blades and only do portrait style cuttings with some very tiny areas and many sharp turns.
                Mike

                Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                • #9
                  I used Olson for the same reason as Mike, then I started using FD-PSR and I like them better.

                  Bob
                  Delta P-20 & Q-3

                  I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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                  • #10
                    Since Mike sent my sample pack, FD is the only blade I buy. The polar blades are the best for intarsia, at least for me.
                    Fran

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                    • #11
                      G'day all,
                      I use both FD and Olson. I find that the FD blades are not as savage as Olson so I use them for fine work and the Olson's for cutting thick timber.
                      Regards
                      John
                      "The Golden Mile"John Wayne
                      Some of my Stuff
                      Retired Medically Unfit Police Officers ***.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JohnB
                        G'day all,
                        I use both FD and Olson. I find that the FD blades are not as savage as Olson so I use them for fine work and the Olson's for cutting thick timber.
                        That's interesting, because I found just the opposite. I consider the Olson's much less aggressive and they work best for me in 1/4" ply. It just goes to show, different strokes for different folks, literally.
                        Mike

                        Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                        www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                        • #13
                          Count me in as an FD only user. I am also very appreciative of Mike.
                          Keith

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                          • #14
                            I also only use FD blades but it is interesting to read comments about aggressiveness, smooth cutting, etc. in the discussion of brands of blades.Withing each brand there are different types of blades that cut different ways so if you compare one brand to another you make sure you are comparing blades that are similarly designed. I can't handle too aggressive of a blade so my usual preference is the double tooth skip. If I am cutting something thick and hard I like a ground blade. All and all I am going to stick with FD because of price, service, and quality.

                            Earl

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                            • #15
                              Well for me, I have to say, I get alot of all of them,
                              sometimes , I am off my saw for awhile. and I have to go to the less agressive blades. just to get a handale on the cuts again. the olsen blades work great for me. untill I am better at cutting again. I like the way they pop around, when I need to cut tight corners. and small fretwork. at a slower speed. but they do dull faster. I cut alot of 1/4 and 1/8, plywood. so the FD blades are to agressive for me sometimes. but when I get going pretty good. nothing cuts like FD blades. and last longer. also on thicker woods, and hard woods. I wish I could settale down to just one blade. and one blade maker. but I have to say, i use them all. and they all work for me, on differant woods, and my attitude. I like the olson pgt blades. and the urls buy FD. but will use both. I have great servis with both sellers. but I have to say, that Mike from FD gives more than he gets, as far as friend ship. not only as a seller, but as a fellow cutter. he ships fast, anywhere. and will talk to you, on your diffaculty. helps out when he can. and at his exspens. will let you try his blades. free. thats hard to beet. can't go rong there. and He don't need my busness. I think for me. I have become a better scroller, becouse of sellers like this. just my 2 cts worth. your friend Evie

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