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Forum topic by RH913 posted 03-25-2010 03:27 PM 1271 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2010 03:27 PM

Hello all
Been lurking and learning.
I haven’t been able to find a rewiew of the Freud LU80R010
I want to use it on my new Powermatic 2000 for general work, when I get it.

Is it over kill, or worth the cost???

Thanks in advance for your quick response

PS: I’m in the process of revamping my one car garage shop. I’m in the planning stage, so I will probably have more questions.


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#1 posted 03-25-2010 03:44 PM

I used to use freud blades, a glue line rip blade and a crosscut and I finally took the plunge and bought a forrest woodworker 2, now I used to think people were crazy for spending over 100 dollars on a blade, but the cut quality was amazing and from now on all my blades will be forest blades, that being said the frued crosscut blade is still on my radial arm saw and I get great results with it, frued makes good blades, forest makes great blades.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 05:46 PM

Freud for me yesiree. Don’t see the value of the higher priced blades.


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#3 posted 03-25-2010 06:25 PM

I’ve got the Freud LU88R010 and it is fantastic. Great, very clean crosscuts, even in plywood. And the rip cuts are clean as well. Not sure if you want the LU80R010 cause you cut lots of laminates, or chipboard, but if you’re just looking for a general purpose blade, I would recommend the LU88R010. Plus, at around $50-$60, it won’t break the bank.

Also, knotscott did a comparison on saw blades for general purpose I believe. Check out his blog, linked below.

Table Saw Blade Comparison

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 06:59 PM

Hi Ralph – Welcome to LJs!

The LU80R010 is formerly the Freud Premier F80…the Premier line now includes only their Fusion general purpose blade. The LU80 is an excellent full kerf 80T blade Hi-ATB grind that has a steep 40° bevel. The Hi-ATB grind has the lowest tearout of any grind available. It’ll make a superior crosscut blade, outstanding plywood blade, and is super in melamine, laminates, etc. However, the LU80 is a task specific blade with a fairly narrow operating range and is not a good rip blade, and therefore isnt’ suitable for general purpose applications. It’s roughly comparable to the Forrest Duraline, Infinity Ultrasmooth 010-080, and Amana Tool MB10-800. I would not choose this blade for a high volume setting either…the sharp points of the Hi-ATB are a bit more apt to abrade than a standard ATB or TCG blade, but it could make for an awesome crosscut and ply blade if complemented by a blade more suitable for thick ripping and midrange work.

For general work, you’ll probably want fewer teeth and a steeper hook angle than any of the blades mentioned above offer. The range of 30T to 60T can be used for general work, with 40T and 50T blades being the happy medium to cover most applications well. Tips for picking saw blades.

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 07:13 PM

i use all freud blades and bits

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 12:47 AM

Thanks for all the advice.
I’ll probably go wit


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