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Jack Lewis

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07-28-2018 08:54 PM

I use Freud 10” TS blades exclusively for ripping and cutting segments. I have had excellent glue surfaces from both. I have been getting deluged with emails and pop up ads for “Infinity”. They are a very good price when buying 2-3 blade sets. Anyone with experience good or bad? If “Freud” is a 10 what would you rate an “Infinity”?
Their claims?? would indicate an equal but then that is advertising.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"


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mel52

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#1 posted 07-28-2018 09:17 PM

I use Freud 10” TS blades in different tooth counts and combinations for everything. I’m sure there are better out there but for the money and the quality cuts I get, I won’t be switching soon or ever. I saw an Infinity being used in an instructional ( advertising ) display once in Colorado, and can’t say personally, but it didn’t seem to be much different than what Freud can do. They were comparing it to other brands. There were no Freuds or any higher ends brands being used. Makes you wonder. They may be excellent blades, but I believe that if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. Just my opinion.

-- MEL, Kansas

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 07-28-2018 09:38 PM

I have Forrest. Comparable. Initial quality is similar. Longevity is not. The Forrest has outlasted the Freud’s by a 3-1 margin so far.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 07-28-2018 10:23 PM

Several years ago I embarked on a quest to discover first hand who made good saw blades, so I started acquiring and testing as many as I could get my hands on. I’ve tried blades from Forrest, Freud, CMT, Tenryu, Ridge Carbide, Leitz, Onsrud, Amana, Irwin, B&D, Oldham, Porter Cable, Everlast, Blue Tornado, DeWalt series 40 and 60, DW Precision Trim, Delta Industrial, DML, Vermont American, Oshlun, Rypbi, Skil, Bosch, Hitachi, and several others I’ll probably remember at some point after I the edit time of this reply expires! Several of each in many cases. I’ve lost count, but it’s likely approaching 80 by now.

Along the way I had the chance to try an Infinity blade and was quite favorably impressed. Before I was done I had tried 6 different Infinity blades, and found 5 of them to be best in class within a given blade type classification, and the other was at least comparable to the best in that class. Every Infinity cutter I’ve had is beautifully made, sharp, shiny, aesthetically pleasing, and showed outstanding performance. Infinity is owned by David Venditto, who is the son of Carlo Venditto, who is largely responsible for putting Jesada, CMT USA, and Freud on the map. David has been around cutters and the cutting industry his whole life…he understands the engineering, manufacturing, and the marketing aspect of the business extremely well. While I’ve been favorably impressed with several other manufacturers, overall it’s hard for me not to consider Infinity best overall blade manufacturer for hobbyists in today’s market (professional needs tend to be very different, so I can’t comment from that aspect)....and that’s something I would not have predicted when I started.

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

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BroncoBrian

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#4 posted 07-29-2018 02:05 AM



I have Forrest. Comparable. Initial quality is similar. Longevity is not. The Forrest has outlasted the Freud’s by a 3-1 margin so far.

- TheFridge

...and Forrest is the only blade capable of making a decent cut in Alder. Every other blade drips tears on the saw, rusting the iron immediately.

Dang, Knotscott – $4,500 later…

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#5 posted 07-29-2018 02:22 AM



I ve tried blades from Forrest, Freud, CMT, Tenryu, Ridge Carbide, Leitz, Onsrud, Amana, Irwin, B&D, Oldham, Porter Cable, Everlast, Blue Tornado, DeWalt series 40 and 60, DW Precision Trim, Delta Industrial, DML, Vermont American, Oshlun, Rypbi, Skil, Bosch, Hitachi, and several others I ll probably remember at some point after I the edit time of this reply expires!
- knotscott

Holy cow!!! :-) So, on the other end of the spectrum, which ones would you say are the worst and should be stayed away from?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 07-29-2018 03:11 AM

” Anyone with experience good or bad? If “Freud” is a 10 what would you rate an “Infinity”?”

It’s all good with Infinity.

Infinity would match Freud on a 10 rating as both are quality blades. I have an Infinity in my table saw and a Freud on my miter saw.

If it isn’t broke….....

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knotscott

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#7 posted 07-29-2018 10:54 AM


I ve tried blades from Forrest, Freud, CMT, Tenryu, Ridge Carbide, Leitz, Onsrud, Amana, Irwin, B&D, Oldham, Porter Cable, Everlast, Blue Tornado, DeWalt series 40 and 60, DW Precision Trim, Delta Industrial, DML, Vermont American, Oshlun, Rypbi, Skil, Bosch, Hitachi, and several others I ll probably remember at some point after I the edit time of this reply expires!
- knotscott

Holy cow!!! :-) So, on the other end of the spectrum, which ones would you say are the worst and should be stayed away from?

- Andybb

The blade that started the whole thing was a 60T Oldham from HD (yellow pack…the former Oldham Signature series was really good). I thought $20 should buy a nice blade….not! I was disappointed in the quality of cut, the feed rate resistance, and the edge life. Others that I consider no better than most stock blades are Avanti/Avanti Pro, Skil, Vermont American, DW construction, Irwin Marathon or Classic (Marples is very good), Ryobi, Workforce, HF, most Sears. Some manufactures have a higher end line that can be decent, while offering a lower end that’s not so good for woodworking.

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

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 07-29-2018 11:36 AM

I’ve never used an Infinity. But, it has to be better than Freud. After particularly frustrating attempts to get an advertised “Glueline” cut in white oak with a new Freud, I switched to Tenryu. Never looked back.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Bill White

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#9 posted 07-29-2018 01:33 PM

I have Infinity, Freud , and Onsrud in my shop. The cross cut Freuds are thin kerf. Others are full kerf combo and rip. Really happy with all of them.

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Charlie H.

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#10 posted 07-29-2018 02:12 PM

I just looked at the infinity website that 1/4” flat top grind blade looks very interesting to me and I am thinking about getting it.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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tacky68

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#11 posted 07-29-2018 05:45 PM

Charlie H. I just received that exact blade last Monday (July23). It was back ordered for two months. I have taken

it out of the package and looked at it, but have not used it. It has a nice heft to it, and it is shiny. Made in Italy.

Tim.

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Jack Lewis

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#12 posted 07-29-2018 06:29 PM

Thanks guys, your reply and opinion is very appreciated.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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Charlie H.

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#13 posted 07-30-2018 01:38 AM

Tim,
Hefty and shiny, I gotta have one now for sure.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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mlkary

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#14 posted 08-13-2018 11:28 PM

I have had the Freud thin kerf glue line blade for several years and have been very happy with it. I also use the the thin kerf freud on my RAS and have been equally happy with it. However, I am not a professional woodwork but an advanced novice.

-- Mike, Pearland, TX

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