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    Question What about recip saw blades?

    Which recip saw blades do you like? Why?
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    We use 18 tpi Torch blades.They're rugged,stand up to abuse well,and are readily available in different lengths.6s and 9s seem to work best.T.C.

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    hey..............thats what we use !
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    Anyone using Morse brand blades?

    What pitch (TPI) are you using? I like 10-14 pitch.
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    Lenox

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    we've used the torch blades and they work great. i think we use the extreme made by torch 10 tpi i believe. real good blades there. i'll check and make sure this info is correct.
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    9" Torch blades (10 tpi) ready to go in the saw. Also carry 12" Starrett 10/14 tpi fast cuts for when a longer cut is needed.

    Check out e-bay, some guy is selling 25 packs of TORCH blades for around $40 which is a steal.
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    We use EXTREME blades sold by Home Depot. They are relativley inexpensiver and beefier than Milwaukee or DeWalt blades.

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    What pitch (tpi) do you use?

    Do you lubricate the blade when in use? With what?
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    We use either the DeWalt 10-14 Var. TPI demolition blades or the "Torch" blades in the afore mentiond 6" & 9" lengths.

    We also carry a few 9" 22 TPI (I think) Metal Only & some 9 TPI Wood Only blades for the "What If" situations.

    As for blade lubrication. We use the old stand-by of Soapy Water. Mostly we only lube blades in training (when you have the extra people to spare). In a real rescue when manpower is short - we just cut.

    If we are going to do any cutting of the windshield (ex. roof WS combined removal) then we squirt a line of Shaving Cream along the inside of the window glass (when we can) to keep glass dust from entering the Pt. area.
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    We use TORCH 14 TPI on metals (18 TPI on the really hardened stuff) and AXE 5/8 on woods (structural roofs and walls) as good all around blade selections.

    While we teach lubricating with the old standard of soapy water in a spray bottle, it is often neglected in the real world. That is, until the blade turns blue and starts to smoke just prior to the teeth wearing away!
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    We use Lenox blades, a few different ones depending on the application. Nine inch, 10 tpi "Fire and Rescue" blades for most extrication work; 9", 6 tpi for wood demilition; and 6", 10/14 tpi for hardened steel applications.

    We don't lubricate while cutting in training (mainly because we don't on the scene, might as well train like you work) and don't have much problem with blade wear or broken teeth on a single extrication because of the blade design.
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    I personally prefer Milwaukee for Firematic Situations and other situations. I have done some extrication work during training (have not taken the course yet to do the real thing/ not old enough to actually perform a real extrication) with Milkwaukee blades and they worked great.
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    We do not lubricate either. I've seen it once, but that was the only time.
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    Originally posted by BigRig
    Anyone using Morse brand blades?

    What pitch (TPI) are you using? I like 10-14 pitch.
    We use the Morse "Fire and Rescue" blades with a 9" X 10 pitch. Our saw of choice is the Dewalt 24V cordless recip saw with the AC adaptor.

    We do not lubricate. I agree with what a certain moderator's opinion is. The longevity you'd gain, doesn't warant having the person committed to do it. That person could often be used more effectly elsewhere.

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