|Review by Brad_Nailor||posted 06-27-2008 05:28 AM||7181 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
This being my first Forrest blade I wanted to see if they lived up to the hype. I did some research and decided I wanted to go with a thin kerf basically because I was going to be cutting allot of hard maple and my Bosch table saw isn’t the most powerful, and I wanted to try and save material. I decided on this blade and the Forrest website recommended a stiffener. I shopped around and found a great deal on Forrestsawbladesonline.com I got the 10”, 5/8” arbor blade and the 5” stiffener shipped to my house for $107.00. Thats cheaper than just the blade from anywhere else. They shipped from upstate New York and was on my doorstep in two days. When I broke them out of the shipping container I was a little disappointed to not see the signature green blade packaging.
I guess they buy bulk so they are not “retail” packaged, but actually the packaging that was on the blade was thick cardboard and protected the blade well so I kept it to use to ship back to Forrest for sharpening.
I got the blade and stiffener mounted and after setting things up I started to do some cutting with it. I was stripping some hard maple for my poker chip tray project
The new blade sailed nicely through the hard maple. I was getting quality, almost glass smooth cut faces with little or no saw marks. When I stacked my pieces together I had perfect glue up edges without having to joint or rout or sand. The blade performed even better when I moved on to the walnut. It cut that effortlessly, again with smooth perfect faces, no burning. The saw still worked a little hard when I was pushing the maple through but the quality of the cut was light years better than the cheaper freshly sharpened blade.
Overall, (and no surprise to anyone who owns one of these blades) I gave this blade 5 stars. It cut superbly and worth every penny of it’s price.