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Forum topic by gary351 posted 12-08-2010 12:41 AM 1625 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Has anyone compared amana general purpose blades with forrest blades? amana blades are less expense what would you suggest.

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 04:14 AM

I’ve heard really good things about Forrest. Here is a link from wood magazines review for TS blades.


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#2 posted 12-08-2010 06:47 AM

what is the price difference? forrest is generally considered one of the best blade makers but they are expensive.

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 07:07 PM

I’ve tried several different blade brands (not Amana) but I have not found a better blade than the Forrest. I use their chop saw blade, Dado set and WWII. I’ve had these blades in service for 18 years. I have the WWII sharpened about once a year and the rest seem to be fine without sharpening. Amortizing the additional cost over 18 years equates to a pack of gum a month. I highly recommend Forrest and using their sharpening service as well.

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 10:05 PM

I suggest Freud blades, no one can beat them for the price

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 10:21 PM

I bought an Amana thin kerf and it developed a slight bend in one tooth. Made it unusable. I bought it because it was cheap but it lasted only a few days. My favorites are from Infinity Tools. I don’t have one but Forrest blades are top of the line. Of course you’ll pay more for both Infinity and Forrest. You get what you pay for.

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 10:34 PM

I have several different brands of 10in blades (1 amana) and forrest blades are simply the best

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#7 posted 04-20-2011 01:05 AM

I’ve compared the Amana Tools 50T 610504 to the 40T WWII, but not the Amana Prestige 40T (Amana Tool is their top line, but their Prestige and AGE line are very good)...the Amana 50T has huge industrial size teeth, does a nice job on many tasks, and gives glue ready cuts (which is really as good as it needs to be), but the WWII definitely make a cleaner cut. IME most of the better 40T ATB and Hi-ATB grinds (Ridge Carbide TS2000, Infinity Super General, Freud Fusion, Tenryu Gold Medal, DW7657…all pretty comparable to the WWII) do leave a more polished edge than the better 50T ATB/R blades (Infinity Combomax, DW7640, Freud LU84, Tenryu RS25550, Amana 610504, etc), but most of the 50T blades have more side clearance so are less fussy about setup and less prone to burning which makes them very easy to get “good nuff” results from. The 50T ATB/R combo blades also leave a flatter kerf than the ATB and Hi-ATB grinds. It’s important to remember than cleanest cutting, doesn’t always equate to best choice….it really depends on your saw and your needs.

Probably the best bang for the buck going in a good full kerf 40T ATB is the Delta 35-7657, which is a reincarnation of the venerable DeWalt series 60 DW7657. Cripe Distribution has it for $17 plus s/h.

As mentioned, the Freud Diablo line is also a very good bang for the buck in a thin kerf blade at ~ $30-$40, as are the Ridgid Titanium series (by Freud), the DeWalt Precision Trim series, and the CMT ITK Plus series.

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