Great Thin Kerf Bulk Ripper

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Review by knotscott posted 06-13-2009 03:23 PM 4240 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Freud LU87R010 is a 10” 24 tooth thin kerf (TK) ripping blade that features a red “Permashield” coating for reduced friction and corrosion resistance, laser cut anti-vibration/anti-noise expansion slots, flat top ground teeth (FTG) for efficient material removal, and an aggressive 20 degree hook angle for a fast feed rate. The LU87 is the TK counterpart to the LM72R010, and is part of Freud’s “Industrial” series.

Rip blades are designed to make fast work of thick, dense stock, and to offer less resistance to your saw. The downside is typically a rougher cut than higher tooth count blades that make smoother cuts at a slower pace with more strain to your saw. At the time, the LU87 is the 6th bulk ripping blade I’ve tried. It’s noticeably quiet and the feedrate is excellent with a 1-3/4hp hybrid even in 2” material. The LU87 is as well made and well balanced as any blade from Freud’s Industrial line that I’ve tried. Due to it’s thinner body, it feels a bit less substantial than it’s full kerf counterpart, which is roughly 30% thicker (0.125” vs 0.094”), but it definitely rips through the same heavy maple and oak faster than the LM72 did, which was ultimately my primary objective for this blade. The LU87 is not marketed as a “glue line rip blade” like their 30 tooth LM74R010, but cuts are respectably clean, and are very good within the classification of bulk ripper. Oak, walnut, and cherry are inconsiquential obstacles for it. 2” hard maple poses a bit more of a challenge for the LU87, but at no point did the board require excessive pushing on my part nor did the saw labor substantially. It is more prone to splintering and tearout than a fine finish and general purpose blade, especially on crosscuts which it’s not intended for, but cut quality was better than expected overall. Cuts were very favorable compared to my DeWalt DW7124TK 24T ripper, my Leitz/Irwin variable pitch 24T ripper, and even the LM72 from Freud. I find that most edges are glueable “as is” right off the saw with no additional dressing needed, though visible edges require more work prior to receiving a finish.

The LU87 is one of several decent 24 tooth thin kerf FTG rippers now available on the market from CMT, Infinity, H.O. Schumacher, DeWalt, and Amana to name a few. I haven’t tried them all, but it’s as good or better than any I have tried.

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 04:18 PM

Good review, thanks.

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 11:27 PM

I wasn’t impressed with this blade when I noticed that it was Home Depots #1 seller, then my BIL had one on his Portable Table Saw at a job and I saw first hand how good this is at ripping. You’re right, It’s not a good blade if you require clean cuts but for what it’s made for, it’s a great blade.


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#3 posted 06-14-2009 01:40 AM

John, are you sure you arent thinking of a Diablo blade? Its Freuds contractor grade blade. I havent seen any of Freuds industrial line at my local Home depot, but they sell lots of Diablos….

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 01:54 AM

Hi John – I was thinking the same thing as depictureboy. HD sells the Freud Diablo D1024X…same company, same number of teeth, but that blade uses an ATB grind and has smaller carbide, so they’re similar but not identical….neither would make a very good finishing blade, but they sure chew through the thick stuff easily.

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#5 posted 06-14-2009 05:35 AM

HD DOES NOT sell the blade reviewed. Freud make the Diablo line to go in to big box and their industrial line goes to industrial distributors. Two totally differant quality of blades. Funny thing is, you can get an industrial line blade for less money than the Diablo at big box.

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