Amana Tool’s expanded A.G.E line of German-made blades, introduced in the fall of 2010, features the company’s “ArmorMAX” formulation of PTFE coatings (polytetrafluoroethylene, for those who like big words) for a smooth, nonstick surface. PTFE coatings are seeing increased use in the woodworking world; their low friction characteristics make for smoother cutting, help prevent rust and allow for easier removal of pitch and other deposits. Amana notes that the laser-cut blade construction helps reduce vibration and noise.
There are eight blades in the line: a 10″ 50-tooth combination blade in both regular and thin-kerf versions, 10″ 50-tooth cutoff/crosscut blade, 10″ 60-tooth plywood/laminate blade, 10″ 60-tooth thin-kerf miter saw blade and a 12″ 96-tooth blade made especially for use in large sliding compound miter saws. Rounding out the line are two fine-cut crosscut/cutoffs in the A.G.E. “Finito” series, featuring a 10″ 80-tooth and a 12″ 96-tooth blade.
2011 prices for the regular A.G.E. ArmorMAX blades start at around $60, while the Finito blades start at about $72.