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IFHConstruction

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1304 days ago

I have a Makita 1016L miter saw on order that I am making my dedicated shop miter saw. I will use it primarily for cutting trim, crown and cabinet face frames. On my other miter saws (Dewalt 712 and delta) I have used whatever is available, usually Dewalt or Freud Diablo. As this is going in my shop and will be used mainly for cabinet production I want to go with a better blade to minimize my finishing time and to get the cleanest cut as possible.

Which Forrest blade would you recommend for my needs?

Thanks in advance,
Steve


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1304 days ago

Steve, I use the Chopmaster in my slider and it gives a smooth cross cut. But Forrest also sell their Miter Master which is about $70 more. I am not a pro but do use my chopmaster for trim and flooring in addition to cross cuts on rough lumber. I have had my blade on the saw for at least 2 years and it still cuts just fine.

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#2 posted 1304 days ago

The Forrest Duraline DH10807125 uses a Hi-ATB grind with a 40° top bevel, which leaves the least tearout of any grind. If you want the absolute cleanest cut possible, that’s the blade, but note that it also will have the shortest edge life between sharpenings. If your usage volumes are going to be very high, the Chopmaster should have slightly be edge life. (none of these are from their “Woodworker” series)

I’ve had several excellent Forrest blades, including the WWII and Duraline, but am also very impressed with the blades from Infinity Tools. They have a couple of blades that are very comparable designs, are at least as well made, and are less expensive. The ””Ultrasmooth 010-080 is very similar to the Duraline, and is on sale for ~ $80 shipped. Their ””MiterMax 010-280 is very comparable to the Chopmaster, also for ~ $80 shipped. The Freud LU80R010 is another that’s fairly comparable to the Duraline.

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IFHConstruction

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#3 posted 1304 days ago

Does anybody else agree that the Infinity are on the same level as the Forrest? The price is very attractive.

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IFHConstruction

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#4 posted 1304 days ago

I have also read a few good things about the Delta Delta 35-7647… Would this blase work well in a miter saw?

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knotscott

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#5 posted 1304 days ago

“I have also read a few good things about the Delta Delta 35-7647… Would this blase work well in a miter saw?”

No…the hook angle is too steep, especially for a slider. The 35-7657 would be a reasonable replacement for a 40T WWII for someone on a budget…perhaps not quite to that level, but darn close while being an excellent value at < $30 shipped from Cripe Distribution.

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 1304 days ago

I us a chopmaster blade on my Makita 12” slider. I am very pleased with it. They cost more but last longer between sharpening.

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#7 posted 1304 days ago

IFHConstruction,

I also have the Makita 1016L, which is equipped with with the Forrest Signature Line Chopmaster. I could’t be happier with the performance of the blade and the miter saw. Good luck with your decision.

Steve

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knotscott

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#8 posted 1303 days ago

Steve – I was hoping others would weigh in on the Infinity blades, but I suspect that few have tried both Forrest and Infinity blades. I can tell you that I’ve tried and tested over 60 blades from most of the recognized brand names, the best of which have include Forrest, Tenryu, Infinity, CMT, Freud, Leitz, DeWalt (series 60), Amana, Systimatic, Ridge Carbide. To date, I’ve tried 6 Infinity blades and a handful of their router bits….all gave the impression of being made to world class standards…outstanding machining, top grade components, generous carbide, etc. The Infinity Dadonator, Infinity 010-060 (60T Hi-ATB), Infinity Combomax, and the Infinity Super General gave what I’d call “best in class” performance compared to comparable blades from the other names mentioned. The other two Infinity blades were excellent too, without necessarily being clearly superior to others. As with any blade, choosing the right blade for the task is a huge factor in the end results, as is the setup and precision of the saw. Good luck with your decision.

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