Yesterday, I took my Freud 50 tooth "red" blade off to clean out some of the
resin build up on the teeth and examine how its holding up. This is not a
Forrester blade but its definitely a high end multi-purpose blade. I was
shocked to find one of the teeth had broken cleanly off. I remember one
incident that might have caused this, though I did have the sense to examine
the blade after it happened. I had cross cut a piece of wood in the saw
while it still had a defect in the main table (see my other posts on this).
I was not aware of the defect at the time, as the saw was too new. At any
rate, I had a kick back incident that broke up the scrap side of the wood
into small pieces. The force was great enough that it took a chip out of the
My cautious side says I should hang this blade on the wall as a reminder and
never use it again. Are such things repairable? I hate to abandon a $50
blade that is under 2 months old, but I'm worth more than that!