The Taurus 3 Mega Blade - This heavy duty blade is hungry for whatever you can feed it. It is almost unbreakable so it is great for class settings. It has an opinion about which way it likes to cut because of its shape which is basically tear dropped. The round part of the tear drop faces outward and the pointed part faces inward. This means it cuts faster when pulling towards yourself and slower pushing away and slowest sideways. Its kerf is the same as a standard blade when pushing and pulling but it leaves a wide swath sideways. That said you can cut whatever you can fit into the mouth of the saw and the shape allows for creative shaping. Cutting action is omni-directional in thin material like stained glass but more forward and backward cutting for thicker harder materials. Leaves a smooth edge.
Blade Shape: Tear Drop .072 Diameter (front) x .150 (front to back), inside is pointed. Grit is aggressive.
Material Thickness Capacity: 3/4", normal use is fused glass, stained glass, ceramic tile, or stone. You may have to remove the stabilizer foot to use the full 3/4" capacity.
What to Avoid: Do not cut thin dichroic glass as it will chip easily, demonstrate to students its action prior to letting them use it, explaining the tear drop shape and its unique action.
Average Blade Life: 50-100 hours