I am looking for a new blade for my TS. My short list includes the Freud
LU84R011, CMT 215.050.10, Amana 610504, and the DeWalt DW7640. Does anyone
have experiences with these blades or suggestions on blades that I should
add to my investigation? I don't really want to spend the money for a
Forrest or the like. All these can be had for between $45 and $60.
I have an older Freud blade. It's a sixty series, I belive. I have
their router and have never had a complaint about it. I got a Forrest
WWII and it was a couple of steps above the Freud. I've read several
articles that rated the LU8*** blades well above the sixties.
NoOne N Particular wrote:
The 40T was $29 in the store several weeks ago.
I believe they're phasing out the "Series 60" blades - which got great
I'm tempted to head down there again and pick up anuth'a.
Why not be different and try Oldham 1040? Fine Woodworking rate it as very good
compare to Forest ll. You can get an Oldham's Signature Series 1040 at Ebay for
less than $15 or slightly more including shipping and insurance.
I have bought a few at Ebay and I never regret it and I save a bundle. Beside
Forest ll, you are really paying for the namesake!
I'll second that. I've used a lot of Oldams over the years and have always
liked them. The price is a lot easier on the pocket than what you can pay
for some of the other names, and the blade has always cut well for me. I'm
using a DeWalt right now because I got it at a good price. I don't often
switch blades for ripping and I've never been let down by my blades. Some
day I may try a WWII just because I read so much about it here, but if it
doesn't stand up and salute me when I come into the room and cut my wood all
by itself then I'm going to be pretty disappointed - based on the acolades
it gets here.
See previous. I have a WWII and compared to one of the sixty series
Freud, the difference is... the cuts, both CC and rip are silky smooth.
I don't know about stand up and salute or works by itself but little
is needed to be done to the surface of the wood after a cut with a WWII.
I'm planning to learn if other blades do as well but it's the best
I've seen so far.
Mike Marlow wrote:
I have the Freud and place it very near the Forrest WWII, which I
also own. The Forrest is better at ripping, both are excellent with
ply and crosscuts.
Before I bought a WWII, I used a 24T rip blade, unless I had just one
or two rips. With the WWII, I usually only install a rip blade for
LOTS of 4/4, or 8/4 or thicker rips, like leg blanks.
My saw is a 3HP General 650.
I am using a DeWalt 7640. It rips as well as my Freud 24 tooth ripper and it
crosscuts superbly - absolutely smooth, finished cuts that are "light-tight"
straight to my combination square blade. Cuts are fringe-free in hard maple
or junky fir plywood. I might point out that if blade stability is an issue
the runout on this blade is the best I've got (includes Freuds, CMT, etc.)
and the body is a full .100", the thickest I've got.
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