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Forum topic by DavidNJ posted 01-20-2013 09:52 PM 4016 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DavidNJ

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01-20-2013 09:52 PM

I need a 12” for a compound miter saw. The blade on that is hopeless. I might like one for my 10” but the blade on that is tolerable.

I have three candidates:

  1. Freud LU91
  2. Infinity
  3. Forrest Chopmaster

Freud LU91

-5° hook, 15° ATB, 60T, .090 kerf, .071 plate, ~$70 for 10”

Infinity

-5° hook. 30° ATB/R with presumably a flat tooth every 5th tooth, 80T, .110 kerf, plate not specified, ~$75 for 10” (Infinity sale price)

Forrest Chopmaster

-5° hook, 30° ATB/R (4 teeth plus flat rakeer), 80T, .125 kerf, plate not specified, ~$150

There is also the Chopmaster signature: -5° hook, 30° ATB/R (2 teeth plus flat rakeer), 90T, .110 kerf, plate not specified, ~$170

And the Miter Master: Similar to Chopmaster except for .105 kerf and ~$205 price

The similarities between the Infinity and Forrest would seem to make the Freud the odd man (blade?) out. It would also seem to indicate the Infinity is a good value.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 10:22 PM

The 0.90” kerf of the LU91 is very thin for a 12” span if you’re considering it for your 12”.

Those are all excellent brands, but Infinity has consistently offered the most impressive blades and router bits I’ve used to date.

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DavidNJ

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 02:49 AM

Scott, the Hi-ATB/R 80T setups are the way to go? The little miter saw doesn’t benefit from the thin kerf? Is the non-stick coating, only on Freud, useful?

Otherwise, it seems the Infinity is the way to.

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thedude50

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 03:06 AM

Look at the Guhdo blades they have won me over they deliver a Forrest cut at a Freud price.

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 03:18 AM

If I’m not mistaken, Fine Woodworking or perhaps Journal did a comparison of blades.Pretty sure the Infinity came out on top overall.

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#5 posted 12-29-2019 07:40 PM

I realize this is an older post but is the Infinity still a good choice? Looks like the 12” is currently $109 or so.

Thanks!

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#6 posted 12-29-2019 08:46 PM

+1 Infinity. I have the 12” blade for my miter saw and it cuts like butter. If you choose the Infinity, it might be best to call them first as the coating on their blades seems to be changing and they haven’t updated their site yet. Some have been surprised with a completely different coating on other blades than what was advertised.


I realize this is an older post but is the Infinity still a good choice? Looks like the 12” is currently $109 or so.

Thanks!

- Joe


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#7 posted 12-30-2019 12:41 AM

Thanks Rayne, will do.

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#8 posted 12-30-2019 12:50 AM

DavidNJ- I have a 12” sliding limiter saw. I have been using a Forrest chopmaster for a few years. The cut quality is remarkable…to the point that sanding is minimal. Also, tear out is minimal. I think it was worth the price tag.

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#9 posted 12-31-2019 07:32 PM

I also found fault with the blade that came with my miter saw. I purchased the Tenryu Miter-pro and am very pleased with it. Slightly less expensive than the Forrest if I remember correctly.

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#10 posted 12-31-2019 07:48 PM

I use and continue to reuse the factory dewalt blade that came on the DW708. When it goes bad, i use it for deck cutting ,etc. Then a new one goes on. I dont pay to ReSharper the blades since for a few dollars more I can put a new one on.

Those blades are great out the pack…

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Sark

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#11 posted 01-04-2020 04:54 PM

The kerf on Forest Chopmaster that I use has a kerf of 7/64 not 1/8…if that matters. Always assumed that it made a 1/8” kerf but found out when I used the saw to cut a slot and my 1/8” spines didn’t fit. That being said, its a super blade, and I’d rather have a slightly thinner kerf than thicker to reduce chopping force.

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