|Review by MedicKen||posted 04-23-2010 05:42 AM||5988 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
Over the past year I have heard nothing but praise about the new Freud P410 blade. Freud has touted it as the best all around blade and even “out performs” the Forrest WWII. Not being one to buy into all the hype and jump on the band wagon I figured I would bide my time and wait until I found a new blade at a more affordable price.
I do have a Forrest WWII and I paid a pretty penny for it, however it is a thin kerf blade. I got the thin kerf because at the time I had an under powered saw and I wanted to give the saw every advantage I could.
I have since sold the under powered Craftsman hybrid and it has been replaced by a Delta unisaw of 1968 vintage. It is powered with a 2hp 3ph motor and is the smoothest running and quietest saw I have ever been around. I completely rebuilt the saw myself with new bearings and paint, she looks and runs like new. I did use the WWII with the saw but found the think kerf to be a problem. I had to use blade stiffeners to keep the blade straight. I noticed the blade would rub against the zero clearance insert at full speed. I installed the stiffeners and that all went away.
I wanted to try the new Freud blade for sometime. It has received good reviews from FWW, WOOD mag as well as Popular Woodworking. I happened to run across a few on Ebay and bought one. The price was $30 less than retail so I went for it, $67 with shipping!! The blade came in a factory sealed box with the $99.99 retail sticker still on it. I quickly unwrapped the blade and installed it on the unisaw. As soon as I hit the power I need there would be something special about this blade. As it spun up to speed it was so quiet, much quieter than the Forrest it just replaced. I teeth are extremely sharp, I knicked my hand installing it.
In my first project with the Freud I am very impressed with the quality of cut, after all isn’t that what we are looking for in a good blade? In a side by side comparison with the Forrest, the Freud comes out on top. I have made multiple cuts in 3/4” birch ply and can’t tell the top from the bottom. The cuts are completely chip free. I did notice with the Forrest I would get some chip out on the bottom side, its really bad if there isn’t a ero clearance insert. The comparison is slightly flawed however with the Freud being full kerf and the Forrest being thin kerf, kinda like comparing apples and pears. The Freud has also performed well in ripping thinker stock as well. 8/4 maple was no problem what so ever. The cuts are burn free even with varying feed rates.
I look forward to using this blade for a long time. The test of a good blade is longevity, which I don’t have with this blade yet. I’m hoping it continues to perform as well in a year as it has in the first week. I would say that if you have an opportunity to pick up one of the Freud blades you will not be disappointed.
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