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Forum topic by uMinded posted 05-01-2013 09:36 AM 2064 views 2 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2013 09:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: freud forrest blade table saw question

I am getting to the end of the life of my affordable quality 10” table saw blades and would like to get a ripping and cross cutting blade that will last a long time.

In a weekend hobbiest shop that makes home furniture for myself and the neighbourhood is the Forrest worth the 3x the price than the similar spec Freud? I take my blades to a shop to get sharpened but would like to start doing it myself, I imagine the Forrest would have more carbide and can survive more sharpening but I have no idea.

Do you think it’s worth it for me?


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#1 posted 05-01-2013 09:44 AM

Both are decent blades, however the Forrest can be sharpened 20 times and they provide a mail in service and packaging for it to be done. If it were down to a choice between the 2 brands, I would pick the Forrest.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 10:12 AM

If my budget would allow me to buy a $100+ blade, I’d buy a Forrest. They charge a lot for their product, but offer a lot of value too.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 10:16 AM

The Ridge Carbide TS2000 has about more 35% carbide than either.

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 10:32 AM

Forrest makes a better blade than Freud, IMHO. Has nothing to do with how much carbide is in the teeth and everything to do with flatness of the blades, tooth geometry and vibration control.

A bench top saw with a quality blade, will make better cuts than a cabinet saw running a bargain spinner.

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 11:17 AM

It would help to know which blades you are comparing, I don’t know of any “comparable” between the 2 where Forrest is 3X the price. That said, if you’re after a combo blade I have the Freud and Forrest 40 tooth com parables (Freud 410 and Forrest WW2), and can’t see any difference in the cut or how long the blade stays sharp. If you’re referring to dedicated crosscut and rip blades, I have no experience with the ones from Forrest. Mine are all Freud, and I find them to be excellent.

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 12:12 PM

Both are good blades. I am in the Freud camp and I do have a Forrest. The Freud is less costly. I don’t buy the flatness argument. Forrest are “hand” flattened and the Freud is done by machine. I have never noticed any difference. Regarding sharpening, it is a little pricy to sharpen a Forrest, so Freud will still be a better value in the long run. IMOP


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#7 posted 05-01-2013 12:22 PM

In our molding business we used a lot of Forrest blades and they are a first class blade.

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 12:42 PM


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#9 posted 05-01-2013 01:02 PM

You can buy four Oshlum blades from Carbide Processors (rip, crosscut, or general purpose) for the price of one Forrest. I believe that Oshlum is the best kept secret in woodworking. I have both and Forrest is better than an Oshlum, but not better than four of them. Or even two of then for that matter.

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#10 posted 05-01-2013 01:30 PM

Throw Tenryu into the mix. Great cutting blades at a moderate cost.

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#11 posted 05-01-2013 01:43 PM

I had never heard of Ridge Carbide Tool’s but they have pretty good sharpening costs.

I am currently using a DeWalt 24 & 60 tooth set and its fine for building shop storage and household bookshelves.

I bought the Freud 8” stacking dado set and was FLOORED by the quality and silent cuts so now I am wanting to get quality all around. How long does a typical blade last in a constant use environment? If the Forrest has twice the lifetime of the Freud then it makes since to buy the Forrest.

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#12 posted 05-01-2013 02:04 PM

I chose the Freud LM72M010 Industrial Heavy Duty Rip Saw Blade 10-Inch by 24t Flat Top 5/8-Inch arbor Ice Coated for my ripping of 8/4 and 12/4 hardwood. I love it, and it even does a decent job with crosscutting. I liked it so much that I bought a second one even though the first is going strong. At $50, IMO, it is a steal at half the price of the Forrest. Plus the Freud anti-vibration and flat cut design has me impressed. Just my 2-cents…

I have not had to use a sharpening service as of yet, so can’t comment on that aspect though.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 05-01-2013 05:09 PM

This is very interesting, I have been kicking around the same two blades in my head too. I have all industrial Freud blades now, and have never had a combo blade….I noted on here several people praising the Forrest blades. I too, like uMinded am just a week end…week night woodworker…what difference other than sharpening would we be able to tell on our work?

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#14 posted 05-01-2013 05:25 PM


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#15 posted 05-01-2013 05:30 PM

Forrest blades make very nice crosscuts in all woods. That
means less sanding of hard end grain and virtually no blade
marks to plane or sand off. Part of the reason is Forrest
is very good about tensioning their blades to run flat.

With zero clearance inserts blow-out on the bottom of
crosscuts isn’t much of a problem, but Forrest blades
when sharp do a very clean bottom even without a
zero clearance insert.

Freud makes some very good blades. They aren’t quite
in the same class as Forrest though.

If you check on Ebay, Onsrud sells off excellent quality
new old stock saw blades at very cheap prices from time to time.

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