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Nov 4, 2020

Diablo Introduces New Range of Reciprocating Saw Blades for Thick Metals

 Diablo Amped Reciprocating Saw Blade

Power tool accessories brand Diablo says its newly introduced Steel Demon reciprocating saw blade collection is the first such product to feature Titanium Cobalt hi-density carbide and Black I.C.E. coating for extended life and maximum cutting efficiency.

Designed for cutting metals ranging in thickness from 3/16 to 9/16 of an inch, the reciprocating saw blades with the new coating offers performance improvement for 100 times longer life than comparable blades, the company says.

“We have continuously invested in technology to provide the ultimate range of thick metal cutting solutions,” says Russell Kohl, president and CEO of Freud America. “The introduction of the AMPED blade with Black I.C.E. is a testament to this investment that cannot be replicated. The fact that one AMPED blade replaces 100 standard bi-metal blades demonstrates its powerhouse value story of longest cutting life, maximum performance, and extreme versatility.”


According to Diablo, the structural steel industry is evolving at a rapid pace, with an increase in steel and hard alloy usage in new and existing structures. As the industry evolves, so do building and structural codes. The strength of these metals protects against fires and extreme weather conditions, and are designed to handle large amounts of stress, but are also the most difficult to cut, the company says.

“Advanced steels, such as Boron, are used by vehicle manufacturers and provide up to four times more strength than average high-strength steels,” Diablo says. “This steel is so extreme that it takes much longer to cut. Time is of the essence during vehicle extrication situations and current tools like the jaws of life are cumbersome, time consuming and not always readily available.

This kind of cutting performance will likely be welcomed on new construction and remodeling jobsites, too. In fact, Diablo says that in 2015 the company introduced the world’s first Steel Demon carbide reciprocating blade designed specifically for professional contractors and first responders. “The introduction of the Game Changer blade delivered the industry’s first ever metal cutting solution to offer up to 50-times longer life and a new way to cut thick metals not seen before,” the company says.


Steel Demon AMPED reciprocating blade is another industry first, Diablo says. The collection features custom formulated TiCo carbide, and the first-ever Black Industrial Cooling Element for up to 100 times longer cutting life in metal cutting applications than standard bi-metal blades.

“Black I.C.E. protects the cutting edge by creating a slick, lubricant-like action for a cool cutting edge and superior chip evacuation that produces cleaner cuts and the industry’s longest lasting blade,” the company says. “Even more impressive is the combination of Black I.C.E. and Diablo’s TiCo hi-density carbide, providing an unprecedented two times increased performance over standard metal cutting carbide reciprocating saw blades.”

Blades also feature an enhanced carbide-tip-to-blade connection to handle extreme impact resistance in thick metals. Plus, the one-inch oversized blade body provides stability and rigidity needed for straighter cuts with less vibration. The company applies a proprietary Perma-SHIELD non-stick coating, for less gumming and friction, allows the carbide reciprocating blades to cut extreme materials with ease, it says. Typical applications for these blades include, stainless steel measuring 3/16 to 9/16 inch thick, cast iron between 3/16 to 9/16 inch thick, and high strength alloys from 3/16 to 9/16 inch thick.

“Diablo is the leader in reciprocating blade technology as well as the true and only architect of carbide reciprocating saw blades,” says Kohl. “We are the only manufacturer to offer the most complete range of high performance, long lasting reciprocating blades for thick metal applications: bi-metal, Steel Demon carbide, and Steel Demon AMPED carbide.”


Nigel F. Maynard

Nigel F. Maynard is the Editor of PRODUCTS. 

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