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02-27-2019 05:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: forrest table saw blades

Is there a consensus (or loose agreement) for a “2nd place” table saw blade? I’d like to get a Forrest WWII but it’s a bit out of my budget currently. I believe the Freud has gotten some mixed reviews. What about Amana, CMT, or Tenryu? Maybe there are ohers.

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 05:41 PM

I have always gotten good results with Freud. Not all Freuds are the same. You have to buy premium blades to get premium results.

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 05:43 PM

I’ve had the Freud glue line red ones but as not happy with their longevity. I think it’s because the teeth also are small. But I have been very happy with their ICE blades. I have the rip and combination ones. The teeth on them are huge, I’ve sent them out to be sharpened and expect I’ll be able to do that more times before I have to stop. They cut good.

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 05:48 PM

I’ve made this recommendation before. I own this blade and a WW2 and can say it’s every bit as good as the WW2. It’s made in the USA if that matters.

Everlast Combination Blade

Fine Woodworking did a comparison for – Are you looking for an alternative to the Forrest Woodworker II™ blade?

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 05:48 PM

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#5 posted 02-27-2019 06:11 PM

I think it’s what thers have alluded too, the mixed reviews are from folks buying the box store blades (which are not as good) thinking they have the premium ones. If you get one like the LU72 with the ICE coating ( I hate that hideous red coating) you can save some money and get a very good performing blade.

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#6 posted 02-27-2019 06:21 PM

Freud are not what they used to be. 3 of the last 4 Freud blades I’ve bought had problems. 1 crosscut lost tension about a year in, 2 rip blades were returned for poor cut quality. The Fusion is working but I was not able to reproduce the cut quality advertised by Freud. My old Freud blades cut better than new ones. I’ll never buy another Freud blade. Note these were Italian blades. Not sure what I will buy next time.

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 06:24 PM

i switched to freud from forrest a few years ago but as said you need to get the premium blades.ive used there industrial combo blade lu84r011 with good results.i was given a sample blade from concord 10” crosscut that i put on my ras and the tests i did with it were great,cut through oak and walnut like butter but i havn’t tested ther rip blade for the table saw yet when i do ill give a full review,looks very promising.

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#8 posted 02-27-2019 06:40 PM

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#9 posted 02-27-2019 06:50 PM

This is the blade to have…...

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Isn’t this the one that StumpyNubs has been using?
He speaks very highly of them.

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#10 posted 02-27-2019 07:24 PM

I’ve switched to Everlast and have zero regrets. Much better than the Freud’s I was using before.

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#11 posted 02-27-2019 07:32 PM

The guys where I buy my wood swear by the Amana Mamba blades for best bang for the buck. They also sell Forrest, Tenryu, a higher priced Amana(prestige?), and some by AGE. Anyone have experience with those?

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#12 posted 02-27-2019 09:01 PM

The Forrest WWII is a general purpose blade that won’t rip as efficiently in thick stock as a dedicated 24T rip blade, and won’t cut as cleanly for crosscuts and ply as a crosscut blade.

IMHO, Infinity and Ridge Carbide are every bit as good as Forrest. The Tenryu Gold Medal series is also excellent. Amana Tool, Freud Industrial, and CMT Industrial have some excellent blades too. It’s more important to get the right blade for the task, than the right brand name.

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#13 posted 02-27-2019 09:07 PM

I’ve always had good luck with Freud Industrial blades (not the Diablo line sold in BBS). But, it has been quite a while since I’ve bought a new blade. I have heard lots of complaints about Freud over the last couple of years so maybe they just aren’t what they used to be… If I were in the market for a new blade, I’d most likely go with Infinity or Ridge Carbide. Although, the Everlast and Tenryu names are being mentioned more and more often. And that JayT fella knows a thing or two so I’m tempted by the Everlast even more now…

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#14 posted 02-27-2019 09:42 PM

I have a 24 tooth ftb safety Rip from LV, mine was made by Dimtar(?). not sure who supplies them now but this is an amazing blade, seldom comes out of the TS!

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#15 posted 02-28-2019 12:14 AM

Infinity sells really nice blades. I used their “Super General” blade and combo blade and they both cut really well. The combo blade is a lot cheaper than the Super General which compares to the Forrest blade.

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