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It lives up to the hype

It lives up to the hype

08-20-2016 10:51 PM by Chashint | 12 comments »

I have been using Freud blades on my table saw and miter saw and have been well satisfied.The cuts on the table saw had become less than smooth so it was time to either get the blade sharpened and tuned up or to replace it.Like most hobbyists I read about how great the Forrest blades are and I guess I have been yearning to try one out.As it turns out over the past day or two I have been spending money like crazy on my woodworking tools and I guess I must have crossed the just get what I want ...

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A multi tool blade that makes a difference.

A multi tool blade that makes a difference.

04-11-2016 05:05 AM by devann | 10 comments »

Having used a multi-tool for a few years now I’ve come to really like this tool. My first time using was during a home remodel and I encountered a situation where I needed a notch but was afraid of the damage that a reciprocating saw would do. A chisel wasn’t an option so I bought me a cordless multi-tool that was compatible with my cordless tool batteries. I’ve since learned a 1001 uses for these things, the name really does fit. Along the way I’ve also learned abo...

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Great for Hardwood Joinery

Great for Hardwood Joinery

03-15-2016 04:03 PM by pintodeluxe | 14 comments »

This is a review of the 8” Infinity Dadonator stacked dado set. I have a low-end Freud dado set that actually worked quite well until I had it sharpened. Nevertheless, the one complaint I had about my old set (two-wing chippers) is that it would chip out the side shoulders when cutting tenons. That is what made me look for another set. The Dadonator excels at cutting tenons, rabbets, and half laps in hardwood. My test pieces were mostly white oak, a hardwood notorious for chipout...

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All Star Performer

All Star Performer

03-11-2016 05:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

This is a review of the LU86 thin kerf 40 tooth general purpose blade. I have been using this blade for all rips and crosscuts, and I must say I’m quite impressed. For ripping I was mentally comparing it to my Freud 24 tooth dedicated ripping blade. It seemed to rip 13/16” stock just as effortlessly as the 24 tooth ripper, but with a cleaner edge. There was no chipout at all with the use of a ZCI. My ripper often chips out the underside of hardwood cuts. I also look for a ...

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How to Win a Customer's Loyalty

How to Win a Customer's Loyalty

02-19-2016 07:16 PM by Ben | 5 comments »

This is more a review of Freud’s customer service rather than the SD508 itself. First, a short background: I’m a total beginner – I have no background in woodworking or family in construction or anything of the sort. I started hobby woodworking about a year ago. My start in woodworking was delayed a bit because I firmly believe in buying quality products once, instead of less precise stuff that leaves me with upgrade-itis down the road. So I saved my pennies and boug...

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Freud P410 Fusion Full Kerf

Freud P410 Fusion Full Kerf

01-04-2016 09:50 PM by fivecodys | 6 comments »

I received this from my wife for Christmas. (Good wife huh?)It was ordered from Amazon.com and came via OnTrac in great condition.So far I am very pleased with the performance.I have crosscut and ripped several feet of Maple & Birch and I have no complaints.Very minimal burning when ripping. (It’s time to check my fence alignment too)Cross cuts in my sled were very clean.This is the best quality blade I have ever used. I should have bought one sooner.I replaced an older Freud Com...

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Diablo Metal Blade

Diablo Metal Blade

10-07-2015 12:54 PM by EastCoast506 | 3 comments »

I recently came across a video while looking up the Diablo line of circular saw blades. A trick he found out by mistake was using the metal cutting blade in his circular saw, so I tried it. I found my cuts were much more precise with little to no tear out, even on plywoods. Great blades all around, I use them on all my tools.

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These Ridge Carbide blades are awesome

These Ridge Carbide blades are awesome

02-24-2015 11:18 PM by EdVE | 9 comments »

I just purchased the 8” dado set and the TS2000 blades at the Novi, MI Woodworking show (great discount if you buy both). I was a little leary as I had not seen these before. I quickly googled reviews and they were quite positive. These things cut like butter and are SMOOTH. The dado is clean with no tear out and the bottom of the dado is very smooth. The saw blade cuts to a smooth—dare I say—shiny surface. Definitely could be joined immediately. I use Forrest blade, so that...

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Amazing clean cuts, even on home center plywood crosscuts w/o a ZCI

Amazing clean cuts, even on home center plywood crosscuts w/o a ZCI

08-19-2014 07:27 PM by paxorion | 13 comments »

I’m a firm believer that tool ratings should come with caveats and comparison. I have been using the (new-ish) Irwin Marples 40T general purpose blade in my Dewalt DWE7491 table saw for a few months now and can confidently say that it is an incredible value (dollar to performance ratio). It won’t go outshining premium blades, and my only premium blade comparison is a full kerf Freud Premier Fusion, which performed better (rips faster, and easier to get clean crosscuts). Key hig...

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A World of Difference from the Stock Blade

A World of Difference from the Stock Blade

06-07-2014 11:26 PM by jonah | 9 comments »

I mentioned this blade in my review of the Scheppach Track Saw. It gave me tearout-free cuts in pretty much everything I have tried with the track saw. Just look at the closeup of the two blades. On the left you have the stock blade. It is probably a $5 blade. On the right is the Freud. Much more carbide, much sharper carbide, and a much better cut. The only possibly negative of this blade is the price. At $45, it isn’t cheap, but it’s quite a bit less than Festool blades, a...

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