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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 11-12-2009 01:36 PM 2420 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2009 01:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening tablesaw question

I am thinking about going back to my Forrest WWII blade, the last time I use it I got burning on my stock and it was blogging my Unisaw down, I narrow it down to three reasons, it needs cleaning, the fence is not square to the table, or I need to sent it back to get sharpen!

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 02:23 PM

Charles, you can eliminate the first two fairly easily. If you bought this as a new blade then Forrest will re-sharpen it without any problem.

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 03:00 PM

Get you some pitch cleaner first. I find sometimes my blade just needs cleaning!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 05:56 PM

Beats me? I didn’t know that you could send blades back to the company for sharpening. Is it just Forest or will other companies do it as well?

Charles, I would check my table for square if you have any doubt at all and check the perpendicular on your fence too. I notice that my blades get a resin build up but have never cleaned one. I think I’d follow Matts advice first. It sounds like a simple process and might save you a buck.

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 06:19 PM

I recently bought a new WWII to replace the standard blade that came with my TS. This is my second WWII, it also burns the wood and the wood is very hard to push through and leaves a wavy cut line! I removed it and replaced it with the original blade and I am cutting again. I am going to contact Forrest, I have not used the blade enough to get pitch buildup or to dull the blade. I think the blade is defective.

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 06:24 PM

I use Goof off and a metal film canister to soak my saw blades in to clean the pitch off . Works great.

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#6 posted 11-12-2009 06:24 PM

I talked to Forrest and they want me to send them the blade and they will check it out for flattnes and resharpen. Great customer service.

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 06:35 PM

I have both the WWII’s in the thin and regular kurfs. I haven’t had a problem with either one of them. I have a 5 hp. X5 UniSaw, and these blades cuts like slicing butter.
Bww, and Sam: Sounds like if you’re getting burning on the wood, you need to clean the blades to remove the pitch and gum like Matt said. Build-up of this junk will certainly make the blade dull and it has to work harder to cut the stock, especially hardwoods. I don’t know what kind of saws you have, but some under-powered saws will bog down. As long as allignment is good, they should work fine. Sounds more like a dull blade to me. Simple Green, 409, or a cheap oven cleaner will do the trick. If the blade is defective, send it back to Forrest and get a replacement. They have a good guarentee on them. Just my dime(inflation).

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#8 posted 11-12-2009 06:40 PM

Oppppss: Looks like Jim beat me with the answer. I need more coffee!!! Slow typing this a.m.

I think I”ve been sniffing Jim’s cleaner, or as the name implys—— Goofing Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where’d you say you got that stuff, Jim? lol lol.

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 06:48 PM

I am paranoid about the brazing for the carbide. I use the blade & bit cleaner from Rockler, in a little clear plastic planter saucer, okay I guess it’s not so little… Let it soak for 30 min or so, use an old toothbrush to scrub heavy buildup off, rinse / dry the blade, then with a coffee filter and funnel, filter the cleaner back into the bottle. Works well for me, and not terribly expensive. Actually come to think of it, my OEM blade needs cleaning, as does my Diablo 40T…

Not familiar with your specific fence, but burning issues I have had have been due to maladjusted fence, lucky I didn’t have kickback…

If your blade is dull, sharpening is a pain, but rumor has it that Forrest will sharpen it for you…

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 06:56 PM

hey dbhost: I have that same cleaning kit from Rockler, with the tub and cleaning solution. Works real good.

I haven’t thought of the coffee filter and recycle trick. Thanks. I’m gonna try it.

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#11 posted 11-12-2009 09:08 PM

I have 2 Forrest WW I’s so I always have one to use while the other may be out for sharpening. The one I was using started to dog and burn so I thought it was dull and needed sharpening. Before I took it in I soaked it in 409 (my cleaning method of choice) to get the pitch off. Once clean I took it in for sharpening. When I got there we both took a close look at the blade and it didn’t really look like it needed sharpening so I didn’t get it sharpened. Took it back home, put it in the saw and it cut just fine. It was the pitch build up causing the problem.

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#12 posted 11-12-2009 09:19 PM

I am also going to get me a Biesemeyer 78-961 T-Square Anti-Kickback Snap-In Spreader for Delta Unisaw-Right Tilt Table Saw for my table saw.

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#13 posted 11-12-2009 09:27 PM

Most premium 40T general purpose blades like the WWII, TS2000, Super General, and Fusion have very low side clearance angles which give wood that nice polished edge, but it can also make them a bit more prone to burning. In addition to needing good alignment, and clean blades, you might try raising the blade just a bit higher to see if it helps reduce burning.

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#14 posted 11-12-2009 09:41 PM

My burning was caused by misalignment of fence, once that was fixed burning stopped.I’m talking slight change in set up.

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#15 posted 11-12-2009 09:53 PM

Forrest is just proof of the old saying “You get what you pay for”. Their customer service is top drawer.

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