|Review by Ben||posted 10-03-2009 05:32 AM||3327 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I am admittedly a cheapskate and almost never buy tools at retail price. I usually spend hours shopping online and reading reviews before making a purchase. However, I don’t mind paying more money upfront to save money down the road.
When I first started my hunt for a good sawblade I suffered from a mild case of sticker shock when I read about Forrest blades. That being said, this blade is worth the money; even at retail price.
I ordered two of these from an online retailer and saved around 15 bucks a blade compared to the Amazon price. They arrived five days later. The model # is 10407125
This blade ships with a durable protective coating on the tips that pulls off easily when you get ready to put it on your saw. I put one blade on my table saw and am saving the other to use when I send this one off to get sharpened. You can reuse the box to ship the blade back for sharpening.
This is one slick blade. I really can’t describe how smoothly it cuts. I ran one edge of a piece of red oak through my jointer before i ripped the opposite edge with this blade. In all honesty, the ripped edge was as smooth or smoother than the jointed edge. I love my jointer and I know it is necessary to get one edge square for safe ripping but, this blade completely eliminates the need to joint the other edge. Crosscuts were just as smooth. On top of that, I wasn’t having to switch back and forth between blades for ripping and crosscutting.
None. Even though this blade costs more upfront, you can have it resharpened with shipping included for around 35 bucks.
There may be a cheaper blade out there that produces similar results (I haven’t found one yet). I haven’t tried all of the blades on the market and I have read some really good reviews about Freud blades. I can vouch for the fact that this blade is every bit as good as the reviews say. If I had it to do over again I would buy the exact same blade.
You may have noticed I only tend to post positive reviews. I am guilty of purchasing junk but, to avoid headaches and stirring the pot, I shy away from reviewing the junk I have purchased.