|Review by joeyinsouthaustin||posted 09-23-2012 10:45 PM||2520 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
- Forrest micro stacked 8" dado king 24 tooth with 4 tooth chipper
- Brand: Forrest | Category: Saw Blades
I like this site so far, so why not try my hand at a review… As you can see from the picture I have used this blade…for a little more than 2 years. Every thing that can be said about forrest blades applies here. Expensive…Yes, I paid $340. Precision machining… Yes, the brazing is very, dare i say, sexy. Quality…Yes Top level c-4 superhard carbide. Flat bottoms and square walls. VERY. Durable, havn’t sharpened it yet, and don’t plan to any time soon. Sooo… Why do another forrest review.
Simply put the best thing about this set is it’s range is 1/8” to 5/16”!! I actually sets up a little under 1/8” if you put mics on it. I looked forever for a solution to my drawer box dado’s. Now I have a setup that does them tight, every time, and in one pass. And I have found so many uses in that 3/16” range that falls out side of the usuall 1/8” kerf, and the 1/4” where most dado sets start. The chipper mics out at 1/16” wide. I also love the magnetic shims. You can easily set up the blade using the micrometer before arboring up.
Drawbacks: Well… not alot but a few. One is, like all forrest blades, you have to return it to the maker for sharpening and repair, or lose the warranty. The other is that the printed label on the shims wears off. I am not quite good enough to eyeball the difference between .010 and .012 inches yet. Maybe someday.
The material they are made of tears easily, and has a tendency to stick to each other after prolonged use, and not magnetically. Finally.. this may be petty, but it didn’t come with a nice pretty case like some other blades I have purchased :(
Some reviews talk about 6” versus 8” based on depth of cut. I prefer 8” because the tooth speed is very helpful especially since the quality steel and teeth can handle it.
Use: 2 years plus in an industrial setting, mostly in russian birch ply and solid maple. I always use a blade dressing after each use before storage.
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