HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IRWIN® Tools, a leading manufacturer of hand tools and power tool accessories, announces the launch of its next generation WeldTec® Circular Saw Blade range. Manufactured in Italy, these blades feature exclusive welded carbide teeth for outstanding strength1. The new blades are designed for construction, demolition and specialty applications.
"We developed these blades to address the key performance needs that our customers require. Our innovative ultra-thin kerf blades are designed for enhanced durability, great blade control and long product life2 without sacrificing speed," said Ian Birdsall, Senior Manager, Brand Marketing for IRWIN. "The new WeldTec Circular Saw Blades allow trade professionals to get more out of their tools, increasing efficiency and productivity on the job."
The WeldTec Circular Saw Blades, last longer3 with IRWIN's innovative WeldTec process, featuring carbide teeth welded onto the blades, not brazed; creating a tooth bond that is stronger than other blades4. Additional components reinforce blade strength and make for a long lasting blade delivering true, clean cuts:
- A PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) non-stick coating reduced binding and gumming, increases cutting speed while dissipating heat damage.
- Perimeter vents strengthen the core of the blade and enable fast chip ejection.
- The laser cut plate with expansion control slots provide superior flatness over a broad temperature range with reduced warping and increased blade stability2.
Manufactured for framing, ripping and trim/finish work, the WeldTec Construction Blades are ultra-thin kerf. This ultra-thin kerf blades' welded carbide teeth provide a 25 percent stronger tooth bond.5 The construction blades are available in 5-3/8" 18T, 5-3/8" 24T, 6-1/2" 24T, 6-1/2" 40T, 7-1/4" 24T, 7-1/4" 40T, 7-1/4" 60T, 8-1/4" 24T, 8-1/4" 40T, 8-1/12" 60T6 sizes and tooth counts. The 7-1/4" blades are large also feature ring tensioning for increased blade control.
For ultimate durability in the most demanding applications7, the WeldTec Demolition Blades will feature welded demolition-grade carbide teeth, which have a 50 percent stronger tooth bond over traditional brazing methods8. Combined with specially designed tooth geometry, Every Other (EVO) with shallow Alternate Top Bevel (ATB) tooth grind, these blades deliver three times the nail cutting life.9 The WeldTec Demolition Blades will be available in 7-1/4'' 24T size and tooth count.
The new WeldTec Construction Circular Saw Blades are currently available at construction and industrial tool suppliers, home centers, hardware stores, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. The WeldTec Demolition Blades will be available in late 2016. Suggested retail prices range from $9 to $60.
About IRWIN Tools
IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Brands' global portfolio of leading brands. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com. IRWIN invites the nation to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Sept. 16, 2016.
1 When compared to IRWIN Marathon Carbide CSB (24030).
2 When compared to IRWIN Marathon Carbide CSB (24030). The UTK blade is not better than 24030 but is comparable.
3 When tested against IRWIN's existing MPP blade spec 24030
4 When tested against IRWIN's 24035 NEW WeldTec Construction blade; a 7-1/4" 24T ultra thin kerf welded carbide tipped framing circular saw blade.
5 When tested against IRWIN's Marathon 24030; a 7-1/4" 24T thin kerf brazed carbide tipped framing circular saw blade.
6 Standard kerf on 8-1/2" 60T blade
7 Durability in Nails test which is nail-embedded pine.
8 WeldTec demolition blades compared to IRWIN Marathon Carbide CSB (24030)
9 Compared to IRWIN 24035
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