This does not seem normal to me, but then again I stopped buying Freud
products many years ago. IMHO you are getting a refurbished product or the
manufacturer takes no pride in what his product looks like brand new. If
they don't care what it looks like new, I would have concerns about what
amount of care that went into the manufacturing process.
Forrest now will build a blade to your liking,, IIRC they do and or will
grind a blade to suite your needs. You have to contact them directly vs.
going through a distributor.
You might want to take a look here http://www.stores.yahoo.com/forrestman /
and or call about your concerns or needs.
Thanks, Leon. I'll check that out. Forrestman's prices are high compared
to other sources, but his selection is much better than what else I've
For wood, I have ordered a WWI blade so that I can use it on both the TS
and the RAS. I see that most people here praise the WWII but I also found
strong reviews for the WWI.
BTW, finally got the DeWalt moved in and assembled last night. Will do a
bit more confirming/tweaking of the setup with a dial gauge today before
The "dried glue" on your blade is actually an epoxy resin that Freud places
within the vibration dampening laser cut slots to prevent material from
lodging within it.
I suspect the "paint run" within the metal is the tension ring on the blade.
Every Freud Industrial blade is run through a high pressure roller to
straighten the blade blank within a couple thousands of an inch. There is a
noticeable "ring" at about the 8" diameter mark on a 10" blade.
The printing is the last thing to go on the blade, and thus the first to
wear off. The fact that it is not worn off in a radial patter would suggest
to me that it was merely worn or chaffed in shipping.
I've never known Freud to offer any "recon" products, and I've sold their
product for 11 years.
Without seeing the blade I could only assume that the product was used, or
my theories above would be applicable.
Thanks for the detailed comments. Some of what you wrote suggests my
original post wasn't as clear as it could have been. FWIW a little more
detail: The "dried glue" looks like something had been glued to the blade
at the center hole -- maybe 2" square (though the glue is not in a defined
shape) -- during processing and then it was popped off (or it fell off
from the glue drying out and the stresses of processing) and the glue was
not cleaned up.
As for the "paint run": Picture the looking at the side of the blade.
Then, take a small brush loaded with some thin polyurethane and dab it at
the bottom edge of the hole. Let the poly run down and dry.
As for the printing, it looks like the worst stereotype of "Chinese"
production. With the replacement blade it looks like too much ink was
used. Every try taking coated printer paper designed only for a laser
printer and using it in an inkjet printer. Like that, but it was allowed
Yes, the Freud blades I've received all have a clear coat of some sort
sprayed on - I believe it's a corrosion inhibitor to keep the metal all
nice and shiney before use. It wears off fairly quickly between the
arbor washers - the rest has been removed through general blade cleaning
or by the cleaning the sharpening service I use performs. (Have lost
most of the lettering as well.)
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