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Diablo 7- ¼ in/ 24- Tooth Demo Demon Tracking Point Amped Saw Blade

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Tracking point amped 7 1/4″ blade 

Toolpig has had a pretty long history with Diablo tools and even longer  with its parent company Freud. They have built an enviable reputation in the blade and bit industry with above average to  excellent offerings in the huge power tool accessory market.

 

  The tracking point blades were a nice jump in the evolution of framing blade quality and performance. I have enjoyed using them very much the last couple of years. Last year at the STAFDA convention and more recently at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA we were able to see and use the next generation of tracking point blades. 

  

   Diablo demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that their new blade was superior in many ways to the current crop of carbide tooth framing blades. They had some pretty torturous displays set up to demonstrate the superiority of the new blade. There was a mock up of a very possible scenario where you could  be cutting and your blade would come into contact with nails, screws, lag bolts, metal flashing and composite roofing. 

   They ran two of their competitors 2x framing blades in Makita corded circular saws. About 2 feet into the cut all of the carbide teeth would be lost in a shower of sparks  and smoke was pouring out of the cut. This was not surprising. The blades were performing just as we all had expected.

   Next they ran the tracking point blade  and our eyes could not believe what we were seeing! The Diablo Demo Demon blade made it all the way through the torture test. 

   Most circular saw blades used in framing will have an alternate top bevel. That means in addition to the standard sharp hook angle they have a sharp edge on the side of the blade. The sharp edge will alternate from left to right as you go from one tooth to the next. This is one reason that you will find most of these blades have an even number of teeth. 

   The name tracking point actually means something. It comes from the unusual grind  of the carbide  tracking point teeth.  Instead of two tooth profiles there are three. It is similar to a modified  triple chip grind blade where there are the alternating top bevel teeth and between them there is a square raker tooth to square off the cut. The Diablo Demo Demon has the alternating bevel but the extreme outside edge has a chamfer instead of a super sharp point. This makes the teeth more durable since the edge is not as vulnerable to chipping from impacts with hard materials. Then instead of a normal square raker tooth it has a slight center point. It is a very low angle to help it with durability. It is high enough to aid in straight tracking. You read that right. The point actually makes it easier to cut a straight line. 

   In normal cutting the tracking point amped blade behaves like a  blade should. It makes nice clean cuts and moves smoothly through  the material with no drama. Some blades feel like they are hammering through the material. This demo demon blade glides through with a velvety smoothness. 

  There is less strain on your saw motor and less drain on your batteries. This means your batteries will run longer per charge. You’ll make fewer trips to your charger. Time saved is money in your pocket. 

  The Diablo Demo Demon tracking point amped blade also lasts longer than normal blades in the same price range. The original tracking point framing blade lasts up to 5x longer but this new blade lasts up to 10x longer!  How do they do it? First off they are not made in China! Freud makes most blades in Italy. 

  Because they manufacture everything they have strict control over quality. They use .4 micron carbide with a high cobalt content. The exact percentage is protected. Since they are able to control the mix of the carbide they can control many of its properties including hardness toughness and impact resistance.

  The benefits of all of this fine-tuning and engineering can be seen in my latest blade test. Two new blades were used in this test. One was run in new condition. The other was purposefully run through a board that had 10-12d framing nails and 10 2-inch hardened drywall screws before the test.

        The Test

The test was to see how efficiently each blade would rip a 2×12 x16ft Douglas fir board. If I was using a corded saw the test could probably last for days.  I decided to use the new Makita x2 36 v rear handle saw with 2 5.0 amp hour batteries. It is a very powerful saw but being cordless there is a limit to the runtime. 

  The brand new undamaged blade allowed the saw to rip 204 lineal feet of 2 x 6 douglas fir. That is actually pretty outstanding.  Rip cuts are always more difficult than crosscuts. 

  The blade that was run through the 12 D framing nails and 2 inch hardened drywall screws before the test allowed the saw to cut 119 feet. 

That is pretty significant. It tells me that even if you hit a nail or two or five or 10 your blade is still good and it’s still going to cut efficiently. If you hit  hardened screws it’s going to slow it down a little bit more. In this video you can see that when it is cutting the nails there really aren’t any sparks it’s not until you see it cutting into the last 10 screws that you start to see the shower of sparks.

               Real World Results!!

  That was a controlled test but I have also tortured the blade on my jobs. In our fire and water damage restoration work we do a lot of demolition. We have used it to cut out saturated hardwood flooring and subfloor. This is an extreme test of blade durability. When cutting wet wood flooring out it is impossible to avoid the nails and screws. The wet wood also makes it hard because it is so full of water is actually squeezes on the size of the blade in a braking motion just like the disc brakes on your car. It causes lots of heat. The Diablo Demo Demon absolutely aces this real world test. I can confidently say that it does actually last at least 10 times longer than regular carbide blades that we have used. This has become my go to demolition blade. 

   I have sent several of these blades out to framers and general carpenters and so far I have gotten nothing but great feedback from them. 

I knew I liked it but its good to know that others who are harder on stuff than I like it as well. 

   The more I use it the more it really looks like the Diablo Demo Demon is going to be the premier framing/remodeling/demolition blade on the market. With the high-performance in the low price it just makes sense. Try one at your local The Home Depot or use the link below to order from TheHomeDepot.com 

7- ¼ in/ 24- Tooth Demo Demon Tracking Point Amped Saw Blade

 

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76 Comments

  1. Nate Adams

    Love these blades, but I rarely pull out my corded 7 1/4 anymore. I mostly use my cordless 6 1/ 2 Milwaukee for ripping. I haven’t seen this blade in that size? I guess if i have some really rough nail/screwed embedded wood i’m gonna have to drop a cord and use the big boy

  2. Matthew Seba

    Definitely interested in trying one out!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Aaron Miiller

    Loved your live feed showing how ridiculously long lasting these are even cutting through 10 screws and 10 nails!!!! Crazy

  4. Daniel

    Amazing

  5. Sam Pabich

    All the other diablo blades are amazing! Would love to try this one out??

  6. Sean Bice

    Would love to try one.

  7. Love this blade. Wish it was in a 6.5in. But when doing a floor demo. I always use a full-size saw. Blade lasts forever. Rips right thru 3-4 layers of old vinyl floor and the millions of staples no problem.

  8. Lachlan Proctor

    Awesome looking blade, I’ve tried the Diablo multi tool blades and recipro(sawzall) blades before and found them 10x better then other blades the same price.

  9. CTSparkyyy

    Those things are hardcore! I watched on Instagram live as they ripped through board after board with no issues!

  10. Winston

    Would like to see how it performs

  11. Colin Spencer

    Looks like my post didn’t go through? Either way, I would love to try outs new blade!!

  12. Hvac_artisan

    I’ve been using them for roughin. They work great for cutting in 4x10register boots through the hardwood and sub floor. The flooring nails are impossible to find so having a good blade makes a big difference.

  13. Gustavo Ramírez

    Diablo blades is all I use

  14. Chris Anderson

    I seem to always come back to the diablo blades. I have tried alot of other brands in a pinch but there stuff just always seem to cut the best. I definitely will pick some of these up try out.

  15. Sam Shady

    Love their blades, would love to try this one!

  16. Jamie Goldman

    I just. Bought one of these to cut curved transitions with my wormdrive and it way outperformed at least the stock blade that I used previously. Wouldn’t mind having an extra in my shop ??

  17. Rodney McGee

    Diablo makes the best blades on the market! Would absolutely love to try this beast out!

  18. Elias

    These look great would love to try one out and see for myself

  19. Elias

    These look great but you never know till ya try one out?

  20. Brett schulz

    Oh man! Been dying to try these blades. Would love to win one. Thanks for the review!

  21. Jakob bergstrand

    Nice!!

  22. Carlos

    Looks awesome, gotta try it out

  23. Greg B

    Sure looks like it would be great for some upcoming demo work! Would be great to try out!

  24. Once I put a diablo blade on my miter saw, I wondered why I hadn’t done it earlier. I love diablo blades, and I’m impressed that you put them through their paces. You’re right that with a corded saw this could have gone on for days or weeks!

  25. Brodie

    Would love to try these out. Love anything that makes my job more fun and interesting. Would look good on my Milwaukee saw, red on red.

  26. Chris whitehead

    I love my Diablo blades they are the best you can buy in my own opinion

  27. Colin S

    Need one of these for this summer!

  28. Phillip Carrier

    Looks like a great blade! Thank you for such a detailed review.

  29. Lee Walters

    Need me a demo blade. Have the regular blade when HD had them on sale. If this blade is like anythinglike those it will be a great blade to have.

  30. Would really love to try one out. Watched the videos on IG and looks like they rip very well. Excited to try. Now to read the article…haha. Had to comment quick to try to win a blade. 🙂

  31. Cory S

    Great article! Would love to try one of these blades out.

  32. Andrew Wederquist @wederman89

    Love the test! hopefully i can try one out myself!

  33. Roger Moreno

    Great write up, definitely going to look into these.

  34. John

    Every new saw should come with one of these.

  35. Kris Mauro

    Blades looks great. Would love to try one out!

  36. Joel Brooks

    The only blades I use now in my dewalt cordless, the 2 pack is a great deal!

  37. All I use are Diablo blades, they’re the best for the money. I’m sure these will not disappoint, can’t wait to try 1.

  38. Craig Newton

    Would love to try one out!

  39. Marvelouspowell

    Need some of these. I’m cutting up some 60+ yer old bowling lane for a couple of projects. Talk about torture test.

  40. Austin Werrmann

    The preformance looked awesome in your videos. Would love to try it for myself

  41. Iszack

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try!

  42. Jonathan Costiuc

    Looking forward to trying these out!

  43. Mike Guerrisi

    They work work great!

  44. Moe Padilla

    These blades sound amazing!!

  45. Nathan Toney

    Looks great! Would love to try it out.

  46. I have used them before and they never disappoint, both of my 7 1/4 saws could use some fresh teeth!

  47. Jordan Marks

    Looking good! Would go great with a new circ saw I’m in the market for!

  48. Mark Peterson

    Looks awesome. Great review

  49. Luke a.

    Entered for the blade for my new Milwaukee brushless circ saw!

  50. Mike Scannell

    Used Diablo blades in the past and they are awesome! Will be awesome to give this blade a go!

  51. Brian peters

    Thanks for the great write up , I will have to look out for one to test out

  52. Jonathan Fylstra

    Looks like a winner! Always been a fan of Diablo blades. Really interested in trying these out!

  53. I wonder how well these blades rip material. I know they are awesome at cross cut. Looking forward to finding out.

  54. Jon

    Would love to have one of these blades!

  55. alex blythe

    Looks like a good blade. The price point is not bad either considering how much longer they should last. I’ve only used cheapo blades and the Makita ones that came with my saws! Interested to feel the difference!

  56. Sam almaraz

    Definitely ready to give these blades a shot for demo work! Let’s see how these workout!

  57. Tyler Hendrickson

    These look awesome! Would love to give it a try!

  58. Daniel Mulligan

    Sweet blades. Work great for demo and framing.

  59. Nicholas Ranella

    I have one, it honestly does track super straight. I’ve had super good luck with the quality of their blades. Pretty much have them on every saw, carbide line has been amazing also.

  60. Trenton ramey

    Would like to give these a try the Dewalt blades just aren’t doing to well for me.

  61. Corey Johnson

    Seems like a really great blade. I’ll have to get ahold of one for my new Makita rear handle.

  62. jose

    At work we use the Diablo sawsall blades for everything. Just like butter!

  63. Robert Niemiec

    Looks great ! Diablo never lets me down

  64. Wade

    I have always used a Diablo blades but this Demo Demon looks and sounds like the ultimate general use blade. Would love to try one.

  65. Zach

    Looks awesome! Thanks for the review.

  66. Justin Kendall

    I love the normal Demo Demon blades. I hope they expand the Amped to other sizes. I would love one for my 5-3/8″ saw since I tend to use it more than my 7-1/4″.

  67. Andrew

    Sweet blade!! I’ve been wanting to try these especially when you wreck a brand new framing blade;)

  68. GH Werowinski

    I would love to give this blade a try!

  69. Dan Resnick

    What a blade! I want one, I want one!!

  70. Derek W

    Definitely the longest lasting blades on the market!

  71. Shamgar Deatherage

    I’m New to carpentry but I would love to see if these blades last as long as I’ve heard they do

  72. Jon

    I’d definitely like to get one of these blades and set up one of my circular saws as a dedicated demo saw.

  73. Andrew Poole

    Well I keep seeing how awesome these blades are, so why not give me a shot!

  74. Kyle

    Diablo with another great product would love to try one!

  75. David roche

    Wow would love to get my hands on these only heard good things about them!!!

  76. Gilbert Viramontes

    Would definitely want to try it out!!!! Looks like a great blade!!!!!

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