Interesting... I sent a WWII to them about the same date and had it back in
about a week... Guess they like me better then you. ;-)
Anyhow I've had that blade for over three years and it was still cutting
well. I sent it back because I knocked a carbide off on a real hard knot and
figured a repair was in order. The blade came back with the carbide
replaced, and sharpened, and it cuts like new again. I had a good experience
Joe, I use a local sharpening service. Most modern services use the same
machinery to sharpen.
I agree with Rob when it come to the notion of one blade for all occasions.
I have a few Forrest blades and they work fine. Almost as good as a custom
blade from my local service.
I used to use Forrest sharpening service. I figured that they made the blade
I valued most, they should maintain it. While talking to my local sharpening
guy I brought up the Forrest and the sharpening. He told me he spent
$100,000 buying a machine to sharpen Forrest type blades. He sharpenend mine
and it was every bit as good as the factory. So, maybe you need a special
machine to sharpen these blades and locals without the machine can not do as
My local service has the trick machinery that cost as much as a house also.
I think what most locals do not offer is to straighten a blade. My Forrest
came back nice and sharp from the local shop also but the quality of cut was
inferior to a new blade. If you have a blade that no longer runs true your
local service may not be able to fix all of you problems.
I'd try a new service. The first thing my local shop does is true the blade
then sharpen it. What good is a sharp blade that does not run true?
Frankly, I find it a bit dubious that Forrest charges extra to true a blade.
How do you sharpen a blade that has excessive runout?
Yeah I switched to Forrest. Oddly the old sharpening company does a LOT of
business and I do not know of one that does flatten blades that are local.
What good is a sharp blade that does not run true?
Exactly but not all flatten the blades.
I suspect certain tooth tips get ground a bit more than necessary.
If they don't flatten the blade, they can't really be sure they will
accurately sharpen it. The deal with a Forrest blade, by all accounts,
is to start with an exceptionally flat blade. But a good sharpener
will flatten the blade as well.
Damn, that is expensive. $100,000 at 6% for five years is $1933 per month.
Typical 20 day, 8 hour work day, the machine is costing him $12 an hour just
to sit on the floor. Add $20 an hour for labor, at least $20 for overhead,
he has to grind a lot of blades to make a profit.
Well, the machines do last for a long time, and he does get to depreciate
the equipment. But that said, my local sharpener said that when he bough 3
computer controlled sharpeners that he needed 3 just to keep up. He
solicits business from all the local builders in the Houston area. I
suspect that there are 50 to 75 housing developments steady building homes
at any given time.
I have had two Forrests, a Ridge Carbide, Oldham, Freud, etc., the blade I
leave in my saw now is a CMT 40 tooth "General" blade. It is not that
expensive and I am really happy with it.
Local saw shop. Twelve bucks to sharpen my Forrest blade. Five more bucks
to fix a tooth.
There are also tons of mail order places that will do just as good work as
Forrest for less money. Forrest ain't doing anything special to that blade.
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