First dedicated rip blade

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Review by dnick posted 10-10-2012 03:55 AM 3645 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After all these years, I finally bought a rip blade, when I saw a good deal on Amazon. Always used combination blades before. What I really liked about the Freud LU87R010 was the thin kerf & the flat tooth grind. Always wanted flat tooth for grooves & spine joints. Blade was great. I ripped some soft Maple & Mahogony & didn’t have to joint the edges. Then when installing the blade, after maybe 20 rips, I just happened to notice the tooth you see in the photo, because it was up. I e-mailed Freud & they said return to them or retailer. Sent it to Freud ( thought it would be faster- wrong) 9/26/12, got a replacement today 10/9/12. That’s 14 days. I know they recieved it 10/2/12, & I thought someone would call or e-mail, but I had to call yesterday to find out the replacement had been sent. I love the blade, but I don’t know about Freud. First Frued tool ever. No one expressed ” sorry for your inconvenience”. No communication at all. Dissappointing. You need to check every tooth on every new blade. I sure will from now on. I certainly could have been injured if that tooth came loose. So 5 stars for the blade, not so much for Freud. Be carefull.
I am adding this 10/15/12. I used the replacement blade to cut some miter joint splines on 2 frames. Grooves were nice & clean. I resawed some 1& 1/4” stock, oak & maple, for the splines & they were perfect. Awesome, smooth, no saw marks. Wish I had bought this blade years ago.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 04:41 PM

Sometimes, knowing they are using machined jigs for making things like saw blades, you wonder how something like that could happen. After the mistake of the platform the carbide sits on, then it had to make it through brazing. Then sharpening. Then it had to get past quality control. I know all companies make mistakes, but they are usually made by humans, not machines.

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 04:43 PM

Good review!
I still thinking of buying a Freud saw blade.
Unbelieveble about the customer service! Did you get a message from Freud?


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#3 posted 10-10-2012 05:14 PM

I’ve read the same, here at lumberjocks, a few months ago, at it was about a freud blade too

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 06:41 PM

Well now I have to go home and inspect my blades!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 06:46 PM

If they received your blade 10/2, and you received the replacement 10/9, I don’t honestly don’t see the problem.

If the package to you was shipped by any of the ground services, it was probably shipped the day after yours was received. Since they deserve time to open your package, look at the problem to decide on warranty status, and pack your replacement, that’s quite good. In normal business, weekends don’t count, so it took a day for them to turn it around, and three for the shipper to get it to you. I think that’s excellent!

Remember… if you had purchased the blade from a brick and mortar, you could have had a replacement the same day. I can’t believe Amazon would have turned your warranty claim around faster than Freud.

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 07:15 PM

Yep. 7 days ain’t bad. And while Freud perhaps didn’t communicate particularly well or offer any sort of apology, they did come through with a new blade. I’d say they got it 95% right on this one.
Glad you like the blade BTW.

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 07:26 PM

One thing to keep in mind is that Freud is a manufacturer that does not sell direct.

In these types of situations, the retailer is normally the direct contact with the end user. That’s why I give them high marks for efficiency, accepting Dnick’s return directly, and understand why he probably would not be informed every step of the way.

Most manufacturers who don’t retail would have directed Dnick directly back to Amazon.

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#8 posted 10-10-2012 08:34 PM

I’m a big fan of Freud blades…never had any issues with them to date, so I haven’t had to deal with CS.
I count 9 business days unless they didn’t work / deliver on Columbus Day (Monday). They did well in my book : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 12:58 AM

dnick, you’ll find many good years of service from your Freud blade. I bought a 10” and an 8” (for the Shop Smith) and love the way they cut. Although I don’t recommend it, my 10” has eaten a few screws without severe damage to the teeth that couldn’t be be fixed with a sharpening. Happy ripping!!

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 02:52 AM

I think you are right. 7 days is not a bad turnaround. I just expected more. I thought that if they made a blade that could have caused me injury, had I not caught it, that they might send it air. What seemed unprofessional to me, was no notification that the blade was shipped & here’s the tracking #. Every contact I had with Freud was initiated by me. I guess in this day & age I need to lower my expectations. I did pay for shipping to Freud. So I have a new blade, to replace a new blade , I’m out $13 shipping, & learned a lesson. Return to seller, not manufacturer & don’t expect anyone to say, ” sorry you were dissappointed, we’re relieved you were not injured”.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 10-11-2012 12:41 PM

Something to keep in mind…

Both of my local guys here in CT, Coastal Tool and Tools Plus, sell this blade every day for ~ $39. Neither of them have signage claiming a special deal, or even mentioning a “list price”. Amazon is currently listing it for $35, with a “list price” of $59. I’d bet nobody ever pays $59 for this blade.

I’m not anti-Amazon, I buy plenty from them, but since you live in a highly populated area, I’ll bet there’s a retailer or two near you that can provide sparkling, on the spot, instant service.

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 03:38 AM

Wow. I wish I had been able to include this in original review.Used the replacement blade today. Cut slots for miter spline joints in 2 frames. One of the reasons I wanted flat tooth grind. Worked great. But the reason for the “wow” , is that I then resawed some 1 & 1/4” stock for the splines, & they were perfect. No saw marks, looked like they had been planed. Very impressive. Took me about 40 years to appreciate what a rip blade can do, instead of believing a combination blade can handle it all

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 01:43 PM

You can very easily go back and edit your post at any time : )

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 03:24 PM

Thanks for the review and the warning. It happens that I purchased two of them and didn’t used them yet. And since they are still in their original wrapping, I’ll check them before use. Thanks a lot.



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