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Forum topic by noicing posted 03-10-2010 02:06 AM 2474 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2010 02:06 AM

I am going to buy a 10” general purpose table saw blade for my delta unisaw. I read wood magazine’s review and am leaning towards the freud P410 blade. In the review this blade has a better rating for chip out on plywood. The forrest woodworker II is my second choice.

Any comments or opinions would be welcome.


-- Rick

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 02:19 AM

Rick, you might want to check out a couple of Knotscott’s blogs on this subject. They are pretty informative and well written. Here is one on picking a tables saw blade and in this one Scott does a comparsion of table saw blades.

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 02:19 AM

I have used the frued, its a good blade for all around, Never used the forrest so I cant compare the two. if I remember right the frueds on my unisaw now.

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 02:46 AM

I use all forrest blades in my home shop. I feel they are the best blades on the market. They cost more but they last longer. When I worked for prison industries we saw this to be true all the time.

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 03:15 AM

If you are interested in a thin kerf blade, I use the Tenyru Gold Medal in my Sawstop industrial cabinet saw. It is an excellent blade and has been reviewed to be quieter than other premium blades. Additionally, although I like that thin Kerf blades need less power than full kerf blades, I think the biggest advantage is less dust is produced. Less noise and less dust makes for a better shop environment.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 05:39 AM

If you want a general purpose blade that will excel in crosscuts and plywood, you won’t be able to do much better than the Freud Fusion or Infinity Super General unless you scrap the general purpose idea and switch to a purebred plywood blade like the Freud LU80, Infinity 010-080 Ultrasmooth, or Forrest Duraline that offer limited versatility. Unfortunately, neither of these blades was available to me when I did my comparison testing in 2007. Of all the general purpose blades I’ve tried, the Super General is the cleanest cutting with the best crosscut and ply performance….I’ve not yet tried the Fusion, but I’ve seen it demoed, and know that it has very similar geometry as the Super General. These blades both feature a Hi-ATB grind with a 30° bevel that gives them lower tearout characteristics than the more commonly used 10°-20° ATB bevels used on most general purpose blades. Both blades also have a dual side grind with a low side clearance, which gives a very polished edge to all cuts but putting more tooth edge on the work piece. There’s never a free lunch though… both of these blades are less efficient at thick ripping, and the tips may abrade a little sooner than a standard grind.

Note that Wood Mag picked the Super General, Fusion, and WWII as their top 40T full kerf general purpose blades in 2008, with the Super General and Fusion as having the best ply and tearout performance. My suggestion is for the Infinity because I’m not familiar with the Fusion personally, but theoretically either should do similarly well. It’s also worth noting that Forrest has a new 48T version of the WWII with a 25° ATB bevel…presumably to compete better with the Super General and Fusion.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 07:03 AM

Greetings Rick (catchy name ain’t it?) All I use is the WWII blades, in thin kerf and regular kerf. I really like both of them. I’ve got a couple of Freud’s, and a P410, but to me, there’s no comparision to the WWII. They are a little higher, but like Tom said, there’s no better blade on the market for my money….........

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 02:56 AM

I bought my first Forrest saw blade about 25+ years ago at a woodworking show , the WWI , I remember paying close to $80 back then . I thought I was crazy paying that much until I cut with it . Mr Forrest has never me let me down , he makes the best blades IMO.

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 06:58 AM

Thanks to everyone that took the time to reply. I finally made my decision to buy the Forrest WWII blade. Your thoughts were helpful.


-- Rick

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 07:19 AM

I love the matsushita blades, I keep the super rip on the saw all the time and it works very well for both riping and cross cutting.

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#10 posted 03-13-2010 03:01 PM

Topics like this always generate a lot of opinions. My opinion is that the Forest WWII is the best general purpose blade. I use the thin kerf version with a stabilizer since I only have a 2 hp saw.

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#11 posted 03-13-2010 04:18 PM

The Forrest WWII is the most popular of the premium general purpose blades, and is good enough that most people stop shopping for other blades at that point (also usually true if you happen to purchase another brand of premium GP blade first). The WWII is usually remarkably better than what they were using previously. It’s a great purpose blade that I thought was notably better than my very good Freud LU84…I formerly held the opionion that it was the best blade you could buy. However, I now think that there are serious contenders that many folks have not tried that are arguably as good overall and possibly better in some aspects …like the Ridge Carbide TS2000, Infinity Super General 010-044, Freud Fusion P410, Tenryu Gold Medal, and even the former DeWalt DW7657 will give the WWII a good run for the money. Many owners of the CMT Orange general purpose blade feel that it’s in this league too, but because mine was defective I can’t make that recommendation yet.

Realistically, there’s not a blade made that is best at every task in every situation.

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