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Blog entry by jim1953 posted 10-05-2008 04:50 AM 1098 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

what brand blade do you use on your table saw Iuse frued blade 24 teeth I bought it to rip oak and it cuts so smooth,I use it all the time

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#1 posted 10-05-2008 05:00 AM

I use a Ridgid Carbide Combo blade (not the Box store brand.) I am pretty happy with it. I will probably add a WWII next go around. I use the Frued Super dado set as well. I have tried various blades from the Orange Box store, thier store brand is pretty good, does hold an edge as long as RC blade I use now. I did try an Oldham blade once…never again….it was junk from the start.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#2 posted 10-05-2008 05:27 AM

i use a Cmt 40 Tooth combo. works wonders.

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#3 posted 10-05-2008 05:50 AM

I use two different blades. Both are inexpensive Black & Decker Firestorm – 1 with 32 teeth for rough cutting and one with 60 teeth for precision cuts. The blades I am currently using are 1 1/2 years old and I paid $38.00 for the pair.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 10-05-2008 06:03 AM

I wish I could get my money back on my WWII…I used Freud in the past with no issues and for a lot less money too !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 10-05-2008 06:55 AM

I use a Forrest Woodworker II, it cuts like a dream…. Dusty, What issues are you having with the Forrest?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 10-05-2008 01:21 PM

I use Freuds and Forrest as well. I also have used a Wisconsin Knife Works blade that I liked, and Systimatic. Like Greg3G, I too bought an Oldham blade that I wouldn’t do again.

-- Robb

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Doug S.

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#7 posted 10-05-2008 01:22 PM

Dont recall for sure the model numbers but I mainly use 2 Freuds. I think when I bought (years ago) they were called Ultimate Crosscut (80T ATB) and Ultimate Rip (20T FTG) – both red Teflon. I also picked up a Forrest WWII a while back while on sale. I’d been hearing the hype for years and thought I’d try it. I already had their Dado King set and liked it so I wasn’t too worried about their quality or anything. The WWII is a good all around blade but doesn’t give as good quality CC or rip cuts as dedicated blades.

-- Use the fence Luke

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 10-05-2008 01:40 PM

Jim, with my Craftsman saw I need all the help I can get to produce a good cut, especially on anything greater than 4/4 stock. I use Forrest blades both on my table saw and miter saws.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 10-05-2008 02:36 PM

Iam old but where do you find world war II blades at are they carbide tip

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 10-05-2008 03:17 PM

We recently [ 1 month ago ] decided to try the Tenryu Gold Medal series blade. Cross cuts are awesome from 2/4 up to 8/4 stock yeilds perfect cuts. Rips very effortlessly through the same stock. Most of my fine rips are in 2/4 stock, this I was not as pleased with thus far. In Oak and similar woods it’s fine, however in some of our exotics it leaves minimal scaring. We spoke with the Tenryu rep yesterday at an open house. He would have returned the blade no questions asked but offered me another solution. He is sending us a glue line blade for free. Said to keep this blade, try the new blade and if we are not satisfied return both blades. Then added “but you will love the blade I’m sending you” He told me that the Gold Medal blade is intended to fill the bill for the user that never changes their blade. If the new blade works as he says maybe we’ll post a review on this forum.

-- - Michael [..for God's glory." 2 Cor. 10:31] Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty...

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Peter Oxley

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#11 posted 10-05-2008 03:43 PM

I have a variety of Freud blades – Glue Line, Melamine, Combo, Ultra … and an FS Tool Rip. I love the stock blade that came with my Makita miter saw – go figure!

I was talked into a Tenryu Glue Line Rip once, even though the price almost gave me heart failure. I used it for about a day. I get better rips with a combo blade. I tried to return it, but the store said “no way” so it went in the trash. Guess I should have gone to the open house with Michael and talked directly to Tenryu.

BTW – Ridgid Tool isn’t a store brand of the BORG, but that’s a common misconception. Ridgid has been around a lot longer, and their tools can be found in a lot of different tool stores.

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#12 posted 10-05-2008 06:30 PM

Answer for Chris :
Hello Chris , I just haven’t had the “superb” cuts that I was told I was going to get with the Forrest blade.
The first one that I received had two broken teeth on it and three other chipped ones . Also the grinding was incomplete on it . I brought it back to the store and showed them the problems and they said that I must have dropped it or something…then I showed them the grinding and asked if I was responsible for that as well !!! There were no little chips of carbide in the package , so I am assuming that it came from the factory that way , as it was sealed when I bought it. As far as the cut quality goes of the second one , I am not impressed at all . I am using it on my JET 3hp cabinet saw and it seems to “chop” the wood as opposed to cutting it no matter what type of wood or feed rate that I use . I was hoping for a smoother cut when ripping , but that isn’t the case . My saw is in total alignment just in case you were wondering . So , after spending over $100 for one blade , you might see what I mean . It will last forever hanging on my wall as I don’t even care to use it anymore . I put the FREUD back on and am quite happy with the results . I also have some other DELTA blades that I use for various reasons . I picked up a 12” 80 tooth FREUD blade for my BOSCH miter saw and talk about a smooth cross cut WOW , almost like glass with virtually no tearout on the back side of the cut…I say virtually because I did have one piece of Black Walnut that showed a few tiny chips , but that could have been operator error : ) ........Have a great day , Chris

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#13 posted 10-05-2008 07:29 PM

I’m a Freud lady. Like them quite a lot and am happy with the results.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 10-05-2008 07:41 PM

hi all ,

i also use a woodworker II for most stuff . for thicker ripping i use an irwin 30 tooth rip blade .

-- what are you building today

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#15 posted 10-05-2008 07:48 PM

I use a Freud LU84 combination blade for everything….had it for several years and it has never let
me down.

-- Wayne

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