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04-29-2020 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: freud lu83

Been a year of good hardwood cutting, time for a fresh blade. My standard blade has been the Freud LU83 10” 50T ATBR TK blade. Went to order one from Griz, no Freud blades at all. HD; only Diablos, Walmart; 8” & 15” only. Ace? None.

Eeek!

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#1 posted 04-29-2020 03:49 PM

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#2 posted 04-29-2020 03:56 PM

So does Router Bit World.

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 04:31 AM

Why not just get the blade sharpened?

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 04:53 AM

I thought Diablo is Freud? What’s the difference? (Please forgive my ignorance I’m trying to learn)

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#5 posted 04-30-2020 05:26 AM

Yes, Freud makes Diablo, but had always thought of the Diablo series as a Chevy and the LU83 is more of a Caddie. But I could be wrong.

The 50T Diablo looks similar but the laser cuts are different.

The one thing that the Freud lists that I couldn’t find on the Diablo is that the LU83 teeth are honed on the sides as well as the crown.

The LU83 is generally $60 or so and not really worth sharpening for $45 mas o menos.

Freud is no longer listed as a saw blade vendor on the Grizzly site. Not at Walmart, HD, Lowes, or Ace.

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#6 posted 04-30-2020 01:06 PM

Woodcraft?

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#7 posted 04-30-2020 01:21 PM

The difference is in the size of the carbide tips. Diablo are smaller and designed for two or three resharpenings max. Appropriate for the hobbyist. Freud are “professional” as they can be resharpened more like a dozen times. The quality is the same.

Same with Amanna and Momba. CMT, Forrest, and Ridge only make the professional lines.

If you are a production shop, then it is more economical to use the “professional” blades. The hobbyist probably not likely.

https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Thin-Combination-Blade-LU83R010/dp/B00020JOAA $58


I thought Diablo is Freud? What’s the difference? (Please forgive my ignorance I’m trying to learn)

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#8 posted 05-01-2020 04:39 AM

If you don’t feel the value to have a blade resharpened, then get the Diablo. Out of the package it will still be very sharp.

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#9 posted 05-01-2020 10:23 AM


The LU83 is generally $60 or so and not really worth sharpening for $45 mas o menos.

- Madmark2

That seems to be a really high price for sharpening..is that sent out and includes shipping 2 ways?

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#10 posted 05-01-2020 11:28 AM

Must be with shipping for a single blade. Commercial shops probably drop off batches of blades. Of course, cost is usually per tooth and additional charge if they need to replace any. If I remember, $25 is more typical.

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#11 posted 05-01-2020 02:06 PM

At this end of the earth the cost is .70 to .80 per tooth. Drop off, and pick up at the sharpening service.

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#12 posted 05-01-2020 03:02 PM

I’ve had blades sharpened by Dynamic Saw. They do an excellent job. Their price for a 50T blade is $13.00. Of course there’s shipping to factor in. It’s worthwhile to send several blades at a time.

I have three blades to sharpen right now. When a fourth is ready they’ll be packed up and sent to Dynamic Saw.

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#13 posted 05-01-2020 03:22 PM

I got the one on the saw. I don’t wanna be down while waiting for sharpening hence the urge to buy a replacement.

General rule of repair or replace is if the repair cost is more than half the replacement cost then replace, don’t repair.

$60 blade. 1/2 of that is $30. So if sharpening is more than $30 with shipping then it makes sense to buy. The sharpening cost is right on the hairy edge.

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#14 posted 05-01-2020 03:27 PM

I don’t agree with the General who made that rule. :>)

Done with this thread.

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#15 posted 05-01-2020 03:59 PM


If you are a production shop, then it is more economical to use the “professional” blades. The hobbyist probably not likely.

- tvrgeek

I don’t know if I agree with that idea. I’ve used hobbyist blades then made the jump to a Ridge blade and noticed an immediate difference in cut quality, durability, and effort needed. After I got my Laguna Platinum table saw I tested the factory blade, the blade I had on my contractor saw and the Ridge Carbide TS2000. The Ridge blew both blades away.

I think if you can afford to get into the “pricier” blades having at least one combo blade is a good idea. Do I have a production shop no? But 1 – $100+ blade will last a REALLY long time in my hobbyist shop.

I also don’t have a full complement of $100+ blades, but the one I have does what I need it to do better than the BORG blades. I plan on adding to what I have, but since I’m in St. Louis, I’ll probably visit Quinn Saw for my next one.

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