Getting back into WWing after a few years and trying to get my abandoned
shop back up-to-speed. So, I'm looking for recommendations for 10" TS
blades - what's the best blade that rips (speed not too terrible a concern)
and crosscuts with the cleanest cut.
Forrest Woodworker II for all arouhd work. If you do a lot of ripping, then get
the Amana 20T Euro Rip wiht cooling slots, and either the Amana 60T ATB
crosscut blade, or the equivalent Freud. However, the Forrest is really the
best all around blade by a lot.
For a combo blade to both rip and crosscut - my choice is the Woodworker II
Just had my several year old blade resharpened and amazed at the quality of
cuts I get now through some pretty tough woods (working with Bubinga on a
current project and getting good rips and perfect crosscuts on a really
dense and hard wood).
"Anonymoose" <Ihatespam> wrote in message
Do a Google search on the group and you will find many threads on this
subject. One of the favorites is the Forrest WWII for about $105, but
others will tell you how good their Oldham, Freud and a few other brands
are. Figure on spending at least $50 for a good blade.
But you would most likely NOT get the 3 coupons for $5 off blade
Forrest does NOT offer the coupons offically unless you buy DIRECT
So, you spent $5 more than the good deal, but you are getting $15 off
on blade resharpening
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 19:29:04 -0600, Anonymoose <Ihatespam> wrote:
As you have seen "everyone" races to the Forrest. Probably
because of their ready availability to the hobbyist
wooddorker. I have an FS Tools blade that has done very
well for me. I have a couple/few Matsushita thin-kerf
blades I've been setting aside for when I "need" a thin
kerf. I suppose I should give them a whirl one of these
I have a couple of FS tools blades. they work well. I also have a
matshushita thin kerf blade. I don't know if I got a bad one or what,
but it doesn't cut as cleanly as some of my other blades. other people
seem to like them a lot. I'd be interested to hear how they work for
This FS Tools blade is the type that the sharpening service recommended.
Bay Area Carbide, in Concord, CA. I have two of them, 50 or 60 tooth
combination blades. One is flat-top ground for cutting kerfs for box
splines. I have been very pleased with their performance in my Unisaw. (An
'02 vintage left tilt. Sorry, Keeter. I don't have the time, space or
skills to redo a vintage beast.) These blades cost maybe $65? I don't
I also bought a couple of Oldham Signature series blades, a 40T combo, and
an 80T crosscut, thin kerf, when I was using the previous underpowered
miserable predecessor to a real table saw. They cut a LOT better after Bay
Area did their magic on them. I seldom see the need to put the 80T in,
except for the most delicate of miters...
I bought a cheapo deluxe (made by Chinese children) Avenger
dado set and was told that out of the box it weren't much
but a good sharpening service could do wonders with it.
Hey! There's a thought, a "good" sharpening service.
Best choice of blade, it depends also where you are from and what's
available in your area. I have been using Freud blades and I'm very
satisfied. I have recently purchased a Delta blade from Costco, 10"
80 tooth very inexpensive. Have not tried it yet so can't comment for
Anonymoose <Ihatespam> wrote in message
I am very happy with the Ridge Carbide blade I picked up at a woodworkers
show a few years ago. They only sell direct or at shows. It is heavier
then the Forrest and does not need stabilizers as the they recommend for the
I like Freud blades, and despite the rave reviews that the Forrest blades
get, I'm more likely to go out and spend my money on another Freud than buy
McFeely's has a three blade set of the Freud Industrial blades available -
just under $200, it has the 30T glue-line rip, the 50T combination (new
blade, I think) and the 80(?) tooth ultrafine crosscut. If you only want
one, I'd go for Freud's 40 tooth thin kerf blade.
On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:01:17 GMT, "Jon Endres, PE"
Me too, but I gotta add something.
I recently trashed a _nice_ 50T Freud Industrial blade that cost me
$65. I grabbed an $89 WWII, as I can no longer get Freud locally.
I feel the extra $24 was well worth it. <G>
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