I spent about 3 hours tonight looking at all the usual haunts
(Menards, Farm and Fleet and Sears around here) for a replacement
blade for my 10" Delta table saw. I'd like to upgrade as much as
possible, I'd prefer American made (I'm in manufacturing, so buying
Chinese is like kicking myself in the nuts) and I'd like to get the
smoothest cut I can for under $100. While the best way to do this is
more than likely to use a different blade for ripping and crosscuts, I
still just kind of prefer combination blades since most of my projects
are fairly small, and changing the blade every day seems like too much
I found blades from DeWalt, Freud and Oldham, along with your usual
assortment of crap. I've heard a lot of good things about the Freud
blades, and that may be the route I'll take, but the Oldham signature
series looked pretty nice as well, and they have the advantage of
being a US company. Has anyone used the Oldham "signature" series- if
so, how well do they work, and how do they compare to DeWalt and
Freud? I'd like one that can withstand moderate (3-6 hours a week)
use in dense hardwoods (mostly maple and walnut) and only require
occasional sharpening and/or tooth replacement. The Delta blades that
came with my saw aren't really up to snuff- a few teeth are now
chipped, and the cuts were never really very smooth to begin with.
I've got another one of the same that came with the saw, but I'm
planning on just keeping that as a backup when I send the nice one for
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I bought two 10" Oldham Signature Series blades in Ebay for about $15 each
including shipping last year. I believe these 10" 40T blades were discontinued,
the seller acquired 400 plus pcs and selling it cheap in Ebay. I have forgotten
his email. You may want to contact a seller below (NO relation to me) in Ebay's
current listing 10" 80T Oldham Sing nature Series blade and he might be the same
seller, ask him if he have any Oldham 10" 40T Signature Series carbide blades.
I suggest you check very carefully with the seller, satisfied yourself before
you part with your money.
I have use a lot of blades in my time but will only use Forrest blades now.
They are the best made, best cutting and longest lasting blades I have seen.
The cut is a s smooth as a jointer, no tear out crosscutting ply and pretty
much the only blade you need. I am starting up a little shop again and the
first and only blade for wood is the WW11 thin kerf.
I had a nice cutting Freud, (it was red and had lots of teeth) but when we
had it sharpened, I was told there might be enough carbide for one more
sharpening. We ran a Forrest blade all day long and went somewhere between 6
months to a year between sharpening.
Oh, no I can buy them new- I was just wondering if they're worth it,
or if I should just get the Freud Blades. It's only about $50 to get
one that still in the package, and I don't have to worry about whether
or not is has been mistreated in the past that way.
I have two of these blades. One is the 40 tooth, $40 model, the other
one is the $80 model with the laser cuts (obtained free by
participating in this NG). I am quite happy with both of them. They
seem to be the same blade except for the laser cuts. I have cut a lot
of oak and maple (some ply and MDF too), and have only needed to touch
the teeth up a little here and there with diamond stones.
I have only used these, and a total crap 24 tooth Crapsman blade, so I
can't compare them to the likes of a Forrest, Freud or DeWalt. They
do leave a nice smooth cut though.
No longer know where DeWalt blades are made: used to be US. Freud and CMT in
Italy, Amana in Israel, Bosch, Delta, Forrest, Infinity (most), Porter-Cable
made in US. Vermont-American made in the US.
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of
I recently bought a set of Oldham's "Hickory woodworking" forstner bits,
I thought as I read: "hmmm, old U.S. company, HSS, guaranteed forever, and
only 39.95 for the set... SOLD!". And when I got them, yep, "made in China".
Couldn't tell 'til then.
Take a look at Ridge Carbide www.ridgecarbidetool.com/ . They only sell at
woodworking shows or form their New Jersey factory. 1-800-4443-0992. It is
a heavy blade and does not need stabilizers as some of the Forrest Blades
On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 15:30:14 GMT, "Frank J. Vitale"
Ridge makes nice stuff. Our local Woodcraft carries them as well.
Since Woodcraft is a franchise, some store owners carry items in
addition to the franchise catalog. Our local store carries Shapton
stones, Ridge blades, a very large H. Behlen's selection, CMT cutters,
The Forrest WoodWorker II is right around $100, made in the USA, and cuts
*beautifully*. You won't need anything else.
Check out the blades from Ridge Carbide, too. If their regular blades are as
good as their dado sets, you can't go wrong. Also made in the USA, and less
expensive than Forrest.
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Find a good, local professional sharpening service. Since they cater to
production shops, they will have blades that can stand abuse. Since they
are local, they are available to listen to customer feedback.
Buy what they sell and repair. They can also probably make your Delta
branded blade healthy again.
Mine sells FS Tools blades. I've been very pleased with the product. And
On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 16:54:54 GMT, patriarch
First off, thanks everyone who responded- a few good bits there to
chew on. Looks like the Forrest is the way to go? I'm gonna have to
special order it, but it's not the first time I've had to do that.
I'll get the Deltas repaired too, and that should be enough... I
Yeah, my cousin owns one- I was planning on getting the Delta redone,
but I'm still looking for something with a few more teeth. The big
problem is that *since* he's my cousin I'd get a good deal- but I'm
probably looking at a bit of a wait for them to get to it.
Not a bad idea- I just thought a better blade would work better when
resharpened. Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, after all.
Your blades aren't necessarily sows' ears. Every blade I've taken to Bay
Area Carbide comes back working as good as, but usually better than, new.
CNC sharpening and 30 years of experience can do that for you.
Oldham Signature, 40T and 80T crosscut are good blades. Mine are thin
kerf, purchased when I used the Shopsmith as my primary tablesaw. I use
the FS Tools 50T and 60T much of the time now. These are .125" and .13x
kerf, and very stiff. Miter cutting is far less prone to burning with
The Forrest are decent blades. $89 show price, last I noticed, not that
I'm in the market. When I've used them, just back from resharpening, on
other folks' saws, I still wasn't convinced the extra cash was worth it.
"patriarch email@example.comDOTnet>" <<patriarch> wrote in message
I have 2 Forrest blades. One replaces the other when one goes to Forrest
for resharpening. FWIW, I sent the Forrest to my local sharpener. He uses
several computerized sharpening machines that do all of the work. The
machines will even recognize your blade if it has been in for resharpening
Anyway I thought that he offered a good service and had been satisfied for
year and years with his work. Until I got my Forrest back. While the blade
was truly sharp, it needed more. Back to Forrest it went 1 week later with
instructions to bring back to factory spec. When it came back, it was like
The problem with many local sharpening services is that they only sharpen or
I have several como or general purpose blades. The best ones I have are a
Forrest WWII, a Frued, a Shopsmith and an Oldham Signature series. For the
money, the Frued is best. It is almost indistinquishable from the WWII for me.
The Oldham does a decent job, but it is soooo loud. I actually like my
Shopsmith one too, but with a 1.25" arbor hole I doubt that it is something for
you to consider ;) Seriously, go for a good Frued. Mine is the TK906 I think.
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