Freud Blades

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Blog entry by woodcraftertom posted 08-25-2010 11:56 PM 1198 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been useing Frued Blades on my table saw—I especially like the Glue Line Rip blade. The only problem with these is getting them sharpened. Freud will not sharpen even their own blades and to send them out is an adventure. I lost two blades to poor sharpening by reputable companies. No one seems to know how to sharpen these and the sales reps have no solution. Does anyone have a suggestion except to use another brand.

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#1 posted 08-26-2010 01:34 AM

I know a lotta folks like freud. I don’t. I used forrest for years…..changed to ridge carbide and never looked back. great blades. great service. They sharpen the blades for a very reasonable cost. No down time…I can’t afford it! Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 01:48 AM


I too have been using Freud blades, and really like the results. I found a local window and mill works company who has a blade sharpening company that they use regularly, so I was able to give them my 3 blades, and get them sharpened at a reasonable cost.

Yesterday I used one of the sharpened blades for the first time doing a raised panel, and had excellent results. The blades I have are the fusion series, 2 60 tooth thin kerf crosscut blades and one thin kerf fusion 40 tooth combination blade. So far I’m pleased with my choice, and more than pleased with the cost versus some of the other blades on the market.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 03:06 AM

I found a sharpening service that will sharpen anything not considered disposable and so far my experience has been excellent. Price has been reasonable and is based on number of teeth. The place is called Saw and Specialty corp. located in Romulus, MI. I have no experience with Freud blades but glad to know they don’t service what they sell. I try to buy USA made if the price and quality are comparible. I realize its a global world but we all need to support our neighbors when we can.

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#4 posted 08-26-2010 04:03 AM

You just need to find someone who knows how to properly sharpen blades. All my blades are Freud, including a glue line rip. I have never had a problem getting them sharpened locally. As an option, Harbor Freight sells a blade sharpening machine for less than $100. Doing it yourself may be a better alternative.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 04:45 AM

You’ll never have that problem with a Forrest blade, plus they are awesome blades!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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