I just heard from Jason that my WWII is defective and unsharpenable. He told
me that the rake angle was almost reversed. They are going to give me a full
refund. Now I have to decide what to do with my ~$100.
First of all, I'd like you to define "half as well". If the WWII
produces a mirror smooth finish, what's your Freud produce that you
define "half as good" - rough sawn lumber? Or are you one of those
that tries to get your wood cut to a precision within millionths of an
How many pro shops use WWII's (I know of at least four medium to
approaching large that don't, personally)? Fascinating that they
(pros) could increase their time and quality by a fairly small
investment, but don't.
My point is that if you're tighter on money, I'm not sure the
investment in the WWII is worth it. If you got more than you know
what to do with, by all means blow it on the WWII.
And last but not least, the Oldham Signature Series produces a damn
fine cut that is mirror smooth - and costs a tad more than 1/2 that of
the WWII (or did when I got mine about a year or so ago).
On Fri, 7 Nov 2003 20:33:26 -0600, "todd"
Me? Hell no. If it's only off by 1/32" I consider myself lucky, but my saw
and fence are both seriously crappy. I doubt I could get the most out of a
WWII either, and I'm not prepared to spend the cash to see if it would even
be a better performer.
My Freud (TK960, thin kerf, I think 40 tpi) makes cuts that need a couple of
light passes with a smoothing plane to clean up. Light saw marks mostly.
Sometimes decidedly heavy saw marks, but much of that probably comes down
to slop in the saw.
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I define "half as well" as "not nearly as well". The WWII, which came with
the saw when I bought it used, just plain cut smoother than the Freud I
bought when the WWII needed sharpening. Like I said, this was IMO. YMMV.
As for the production shops, maybe they have other interests than producing
smooth cuts. Maybe what a Freud does is "good enough".
I'm, of course, not referring to shops producing IKEA's stuff.
Custom made and "custom" priced. ;-)
Have you tried, or seen the results from the Freud glue line blades?
On Sat, 8 Nov 2003 10:34:17 -0600, "todd"
Don't worry about it. If they guy want to use a WWII, that's his
perogotive. Personally, I'm perfectly happy with my 40.00 Freud. It gives
me glue line rips every time. The only time I take a board to the jointer
is when I'm trying to sneak up on perfect fit. It's a lot easier to take
1/64" off that it is to put it back on. Want me to tell you about the thin
kerf Freud I got on Ebay for 5.00? The guy didn't have a sharpening service
in his town and didn't want to be bothered with mailing it off so he just
sold it. Cost me another 8.00 to get it sharpened.
I guess I should talk to them as well as I've had a WWII that I've not been
happy with. Always burns on rip cuts even on soft woods like poplar.
I wonder how you could reverse the rake angle?
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