Heavenly Performance

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Review by maplerock posted 11-17-2013 07:24 PM 6508 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been struggling with my table saw. It was not a joy to use. Although it is a dream of a saw (unisaw 36-953), the performance was lacking. The effort I needed to push boards through was far more than should be necessary. I had my blades sharpened (Freud Diablo and another carbide tipped blade) and had no noticeable improvement. I bought a new combination Orion blade. It was better, but not good enough.

I noticed the blade and table were a little out of alignment. After fixing that it helped more, but still not buttery smooth, and frequent burn marks on the wood.

I researched a while and decided to buy either a Forrest WWII or a Tenyru combination blade. I decided to go with the Tenryu on the recommendation of a Woodcraft employee. Ordered from Amazon for $86, it was about $40 cheaper than the Forrest.

After using it a few weeks, I could not be more pleased. It makes rips smooth and cross cuts too. Minimal burning, and smoooooth edges. I think it makes my tablesaw a lot safer and the performance is awesome. I’m not saying it’s better than the Forrest, I know it is a great product. I’m just saying that this blade works like a charm for me!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 07:30 PM

Thanks for the Review Jerry


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#2 posted 11-18-2013 12:38 AM

Yes, thnx for your review Jerry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 02:01 AM

Thanks for the review Jerry.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 05:09 AM

I have been debating getting a tenryu for a while but I wasn’t sure if it was better that the rest.
I think you provided the push I need.

Thanks for the review.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 01:56 PM

Thanks for the review! the price must have jumped after you bought it on amazon as its not $94. i was wondering if there was any differences between this blade and a forrest and stumpled across a blog by the wood whisperer you can read it here.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 05:08 PM

Hey Jerry I just got the same blade a few months back. It’s a beautiful blade. I use it for all of my hardwood cuts. I throw the freud 40 tooth on when I’m doing plywood or some other junk.

I’ll second your review and say that if anyone is considering it, do it. It’s a really great blade

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 11-18-2013 09:14 PM

I believe that you might have a set up issue with your saw,as I have the same saw with a 3 HP motor and I use either a Freud or an Irwin blade to cut 6×12” beams in two passes and it goes like in butter.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 11-18-2013 09:20 PM

I have their metal cutting blade and love it. Great company

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#9 posted 11-18-2013 10:39 PM

I have been VERY happy with this brand of blade. They are top quality tools.

Using the correct blade for the work at hand can be a huge improvement.. and that does mean more than one blade.
I notice you mention a 40 tooth Diablo,.. these are terrible blades for many operations, and good blades for others.

You MUST invest in a good low tooth count RIP blade to keep even the best saws (and wood for that matter) from being needlessly over worked.

Use a 24 tooth rip blade for rip cuts, and you will notice any saw (in our shop it’s a 5HP 3 phase) breath a sigh of relief.
The very affordable Feud Diablo 24 tooth RIP available at Home Depot is a good blade if that’s what you use it for,. but the thicker industrial Glue Line Rip is even better.

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 07:11 AM


I have both brands of blades , would not buy another Forest blade not worth the price. They dull to quick ,where the Tenyru last longer with smoother cuts. I have 4 Tenyru blades for different cuts, they make a 80 tooth blade for cutting melamine that works fantastic without any chipping. I need to send them to Tenyru to get sharpen soon. The blades from Forest don’t last and the kerf is to thick eats to much wood. Just don’t like them. That’s my take on it!

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#11 posted 11-19-2013 03:13 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate your comments. I do need a rip blade… and now that I’ve found a blade I like, I do not want to overuse or misuse it.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 05:01 PM

Barry, did you try Freud blades for melamine?
I had very good results with them.
Is the Tenryu much better?

-- Bert

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 09:40 PM

Nice review. Thanks for posting this.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 11-23-2013 04:52 PM

Thanks for the review, maplerock. And I have to agree with you; I LOVE their blades – especially with a stabilizer added to the mix.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#15 posted 11-25-2013 06:19 AM

Bert, I’ve used several brands and I find the Tenryu the best. You don’t get any chip out very clean cuts. I like staying with one brand for my work which ever does the best. Freud makes very good blades for a lot of reasons but when it comes to Formica or Melamine I will only use Tenryu.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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