|Review by knotscott||posted 11-24-2009 10:45 AM||2555 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
- Freud LU86R010 40 Tooth 10" ATB Thin Kerf General Purpose Saw Blade
- Brand: Freud | Category: Saw Blades
This is a very good blade at a fair price (~ $42). Freud’s Industrial series (denoted by an “L” in the prefix) offers a step up from their entry level Diablo and former TK/Avanti series. The larger teeth are C4 micrograin carbide and are very sharp. They feature an alternating top bevel grind (ATB) and a fairly steep 15 degree hook angle that helps it rip reasonably well. The blade has anti-vibration slots and a Permashield coating.
I bought the LU86 as a back up to my Forrest 40T WWII TK some years ago. It cuts cleanly on a wide variety of cuts and materials, and rips well up to about 2” thick material. As expected from a general purpose blade, it’ll do a very good job of alot of cutting tasks, but does not cut as well in the extreme regions as a good dedicated blade will. The advantage is that it’s versatile enough to leave in the saw for about 90% of my applications. I find it crosscuts well enough for most of my needs…nearly as cleanly as my Forrest, and rips easily through most of the stock I cut. I found the LU86 cuts cleaner than my LU84 did, and cleaner than my Leitz 40T and 50T blades. Neither of these blades rips as aggressively as a good dedicated 24T TK ripping blade, so when ripping lots of material or very thick stock I switch to a rip blade. The thin kerf on the LU86 is an excellent choice for saw’s under 3hp.
If you’re looking for one good blade that doesn’t break the bank, the LU86 is a great choice in a general purpose thin kerf blade.
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