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Saw blades that maximize profit

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MORETOWN, Vt. -

When you're working with wood you're probably worried about with how straight your cut is, but in the wood industry the concern is about having less saw dust.

So when profit margins are razor thin that's where Super Thin Saws comes in.

The Moretown business designs and improves saw blades that are thinner than most on the market.

"It's high-tech for a low tech industry," said John Schultz from Super Thin Saws.

The basic blade gets shipped in from San Francisco then Super Thin Saws inserts carbide tips into each tooth of the blade.

"The carbide can only be ground with diamond wheel so it stays sharp far longer," said Schultz.

By using skinny blades less wood goes to waste.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Who knew there was so much to a saw blade?

Schultz: Haha that's right.

You probably see at least one thing every day these blades have cut. Wood flooring, venetian blinds, wind turbine blades, piano parts, rulers, paint stirrers and even the grooves in your brake pads.

"There's a real concern from wood manufacturers on how they're going to stay profitable," said Rob Bisbee from Super Thin Saws.

"Less of your wood fiber goes up the dust pipe and more goes into your product, so it translates right to the bottom line," said Schultz.

He says it can save businesses depending on what they produce by up to 20 percent.

Super Thin Saws employs 19 people and does $2 million a year in sales. Schultz started the company almost 40 years ago.

"I was one of the founders of Green Mountain Valley School and I was just moonlighting sharpening saws," said Schultz.

The MIT graduate started looking for a more technical side to sharpening and started making the blades. He now has two business partners.

Schultz: We're probably five times more expensive than anyone else in the world.

Bullard: Why so expensive?

Schultz: Because of the intricacy in the steel and in the design, the tolerances everything is produced to.

The blades are strong, but Tropical Storm Irene tested the business three years ago putting much of the equipment under water. Memories of the flood are still here.

But Super Thin Saws weathered the storm and keeps crafting strong blades that are Made In Vermont.

Super Thin Saws was just recognized as the 2014 Vermont Exporter of the Year. For more information click here.

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