Chipped Blade Tooth

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Forum topic by dpwalker posted 02-25-2011 10:12 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2011 10:12 PM

Hiya folks, Ihave a Freud combo blade that I’ve had less than a year & only used it lightly. I completed 4 small projects with it. I noticed a tooth with a chip on the tip that runs about 3/4 of the way across the top length ways. The shard was sticking up & I yanked it off. The question is: Is the blade safe to use as is or can I expext it to come apart?

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 10:20 PM

I would generally regard a blade with one chipped tooth as safe to use. It’s hard to say without seeing it. Carbide is hard, but brittle too. That’s the trade off I guess.

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 10:36 PM

I Have a 7-1/4” Circular Saw Blade that I use to cut slats off Pallets, Missing 5 Teeth Many More Chipped!

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 11:27 PM

It’s probably fine, but whatever chipped the one tooth may have also wounded others. You could always have it checked by a professional sharpener if you want to be certain. This is also a good excuse to get a new blade and use the old one as a backup.

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 11:33 PM

dpwalker—I’m with knotscott … you have no way of knowing whether whatever chipped that tooth may have weakened the brazing on others. Those little pieces of carbide would do some serious damage if they came flying off the blade at 3600 rpm.


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#5 posted 02-26-2011 12:31 AM

send it back to Freud and they will fix it.

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 12:43 AM

If Freud won’t fix it, Forrest will.

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