|Review by HamS||posted 12-04-2011 12:23 AM||5346 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
- Freud LU79R THin Kerf Ultimate Plywood and Melamine Blade
- Brand: Freud | Category: Saw Blades
I installed this blade and made a few test cuts on my saw before starting to cut the birch veneer plywood I am making my laundry cabinets from. I posted three photos: the first the before image of a cut made with my existing general purpose blade in the table saw. The good side was nice and clean but there was significant chipping and tearout of the down side. Picture two is the same piece cut with the new blade. There is a small amount of chipping, but it is much improved. The top side is near perfect. The first piece was luan plywood. The third picture is the after of a cut on 1/2 oak veneer plywood from the box store. The cut is not knife sharp, but it is nearly so. I made a cross cut of scrap of very splintery mahogany and the cut was better than sanded smooth. A cross cut in softwood was like wet sanded varnish.
All in all, this blade is going to produce the near perfect cuts I want in veneered plywood. I don’t think it is quite good enough to cross cut veneer plywood and leave the plywood edge exposed, but I don’t think anyone would want to do that.
One think to be careful of is to wear gloves when installing the blade. The carbide teeth are very sharp and can bite you quickly.
I did not give it 5 stars because of the slight splintering in the luan. On my scale it is pretty hard to get 5 stars.
I purchased the blade from Rockler and that experience DID earn five stars. The order shipped the same day, the charge was correct and I recieved timely notification via email of the shipping. However, I wonder what is says about shopping when doing exaclty what you ought to do makes a customer happy enough to say it is an outstanding experience
-- Haming it up in the 'bash.