|Review by gator9t9||posted 05-09-2008 06:20 PM||3520 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
Well, at the Seattle Woodworking show ..I watched them slowly push the Forrest blade thru the wood and no burn marks…..I was fascinated …I even came back the next day and watched again ….I finally bought a Chopmaster online from Forrest for my Radial arm saw …I received it and it sat on the saw table for 2 weeks as i was in the middle of other things …I finally installed it on my Craftsman Radial Arm saw and at the first cut ..I was amazed . Yes …oh man …I had some maple ply scraps …and the cuts ..every one …was like glass …
There was a burn mark at the bottom of the cut …then i was mad ….thinking the saw blade was not what it was advertised ..then i got out my square and sure enuff my blade was not 90 deg verticle to the table.
I got out my manual for the RAS and proceeded to align my RAS Under the handle assembly (I had to remove the saw handle assembly )were 4 allen headed screws for verticle alignment. Getting it square was simple but an “over and over ” process as holding in the square position while tightening the alignment bolts was not that easy on first try …. But finally i got it square ..now back to the saw blade …
At first cut ..the blade burn was gone ….again I was amazed…oh yes i was happy ….a good blade had forced me to learn the alignment of my saw .
OK the Forrest is not a cheap blade …I am usually a cheap guy ….but this time i do not mind the cost and think i have a winner in my shop…
Forrest blades recommends also that a Dampener/stiffener is purchased with the saw blade ..My cost for Chopmaster 10 in, 80 tooth, 7/64 kerf, 5/8 arbor + Stiffener and shipping and handling was $136.17.
We all know good tools cost money ….
I cannot compare this blade to a Freud, or others that i cannot think of now …
I do have a Freud Dado set …(It cost double what the Forrest Chopmaster Blade cost me ) But its cost was not as much as what the cost of the Forrest Dado Set cost …and i love the Freud Dado set….
All in all i am very satisfied and amazed at the cutting of the Forrest Chopmaster Blade …if you dont mind the price …you will love the cut of the FORREST!
I think what first turned me on to Forrest was reading ”
Mr Sawdust” book HOW TO MASTER THE RADIAL SAW . Way back in the 60’s he was expounding the virtues of the FORREST SAW BLADE …and his book is THE BOOK on Radial ARm Saws ….
I now want a Forrest blade on all my saws …
-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."