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DavidNJ

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#1 posted 535 days ago

Roger, Forrest sells their very expensive blade in quite a few configurations: 30T, 40T, 48T…there is also a 20T. It comes full kerf, thin kerf, and ultra-tin (.080) kerf. Woodcraft also has a http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000840/22057/forrest-ww10401125-woodworker-ii-grind-saw-blade-10-x-1-x-40-tooth.aspx.

Note the 48T is a 25°ATB, the 30T and 40T are 15°ATB. It appears Forrest has changed the fundamental design. Forrest recommends raising the blade for ripping, using the 30T for thicker rips, etc.

The comparison with the WWII was done in another thread. The overwhelming consensus was that the Super General and Premium Fusion were equal or superior to the Forrest WWII (now that is throwing gas on a fire). This was also indicated in the Wood Magazine Retest: http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/pdf/WOOD-Saw-Blades-II-The-Retest.pdf.

Price would favor the Freuds, at least for the 40T Hi-ATB: $60-65 for the Premium Fusion vs $100-110 for the Super General and $118-$140 for the Woodworker II.

I’m not saying the Forrest blades are bad, just that their are comparable blades for less. And as a poster in then link you posted said, these are combo blades that sacrifice a little on both sides; a Hi-ATB veneer tooth with a ripping hook and not quite ripping gullet. I will use it for ripping thinner stock (3/4”-1” and under) and some crosscutting.


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