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Forum topic by MAS520 posted 01-18-2017 08:48 PM 4104 views 2 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2017 08:48 PM

Has anyone found a brand equivalent in perfomance to Forrest blades?

-- Mark,Oelwein Iowa Cardinal Fan!

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 09:25 PM

Several – Infinity, Ridge Carbide, Tenryu Gold Medal, Freud Premier Fusion. I’ve heard others rave about Popular Tools and World’s Best too, but haven’t tried them. If you want even better performance, separate task specific blades will do an even better job within their respective cutting ranges.

Forrest makes really good blades, but are among the most expensive paths to that level of performance. After trying dozens, and comparing them directly, IMHO at current prices Forrest no longer holds a competitive advantage over some of the other top flight blades. They all use top grade micrograin carbide with very large teeth, high quality steel, precision manufacturing, excellent design, and outstanding sharpening….some even offer coatings to reduce rust, which Forrest does not. There is no fairy dust available to Forrest that’s not available to their competitors who choose to make a high quality blade, and is literally is more of a business decision than ability in this day and age.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 09:36 PM

ive been very satisfied with freud and their price…considering infinity too though

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 09:41 PM

I got a ridge carbide and it’s great. Never tried a forrest, though.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 01-18-2017 10:31 PM

I don’t want to say they are as good as or better than Forrest, but I like Freud industrial and Infinity blades.

Freud LU86R010 thin kerf is a fantastic bargain. I have absolutely no complaints with performance, and I demand a lot out of my blades. It seems to cut plywood and hardwood equally well.

I also have the Infinity Dadonator, which is a really nice set. Sadly, it is not recommended for use on my Sawstop.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 10:39 PM

I picked up a Safety Rip Blade from L.V. a couple of years ago, believe it is a Dimar 10” 24 tooth Flat top, Amazing blade, still as sharp as the day I bought it and use for a lot more than just Ripping.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 11:05 PM

I’ve only had experience with the WW2 and the freud premier fusion. In my case i give the edge to the freud but both are Excellent and provide awesome results. And with Freud $30 +/- lees, they are evena better deal.
I have heard from customers that are extremely happy with Amana and Tenryu Gold blades too.

I’m also extremely happy with my Freud glue line rip. Really clean surface after a couple hundred feet of ripping 8/4 oak, mahogany and maple. No need to tune the shortage prior to gluing. Ripping 8/4 with a fusion in a pinch, takes too much effort, even witha 3hp saw. Which backs up knottscotts recommendation of specific blades for cutting chores.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#7 posted 01-18-2017 11:21 PM

I use Freud blades and recently got the Premier Fusion blade . It has an outstanding cut and I got it on sale for $61. For the money, it is very good.

I have thought a number of times about getting a Forrest but have not because of the cost. I have no doubt it is an excellent blade but the price is just too much for me.

I typically keep a Freud rip blade on my saw and swap out when doing fine cross cuts or better plywood.

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 11:32 PM

My Freud cuts better than my Forrest.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#9 posted 01-19-2017 12:31 AM

My Forrest cuts better than anything else I have….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#10 posted 01-19-2017 01:34 AM

Forrest all the way.They are made in he USA and if I have a problem with the blade I call them on the phone and talk.

Here’s a 12 inch I bought last year with a special bore and grind.
Not many makers offer specials.


-- Aj

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#11 posted 01-19-2017 02:04 AM

I’ve never had any luck with a Forrest blade so I stopped buying them. Maybe i just got bad blades and I’m certainly not going to talk down on them. I use Freud all the way now and have never encountered a problem with them.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#12 posted 01-19-2017 02:14 AM

Forrest man here. Like the way they cut cherry.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#13 posted 01-19-2017 02:56 AM

I just pushed the button about 15 minutes ago for a forrest FM-WW10406125 Forrest Woodworker-II 40T. Supposed to be a special grind and hard to get. Don’t really no anything about them. I’ve never paid that much for a saw blade. This one was 156.00, but they had it marked down and with a 10.00 coupon I got it for 114.00. Also it’s a full kerf what I’ve been looking for. Sure hope it works out.

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#14 posted 01-19-2017 03:10 AM

I have a few Forrest blades, they hold an edge extremely well over the long run. Resharpening was easy thru their service. I feel like I got good value on them, the Frued rip blade I have is nice too. Probably not going to go wrong with any of the top of the line blades. They are all better long term values than the cheapos at the big box stores.

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#15 posted 01-19-2017 04:11 AM

I bought an amana blade a while back and i was very impressed with the cut quality and precision of the blade. any company that makes 14 inch industrial blades is alright with me.

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