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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 07-20-2011 08:12 PM 2574 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tool_junkie

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07-20-2011 08:12 PM

Hello All,

I want to buy my first forrest woodworker II blade. A quick google search landed me at the following two sites:

1- http://www.forrestblades.com/online_catalog.htm

2- http://www.forrestsawbladesonline.com/category_2_Woodworker_II.html

The first link seems to be the original Forrest blade manufacturer site, but I am not too sure about the second one. The second link has better prices and also has a 48 teeth blade that isn’t even listed on the OEM site.

This triggered a few questions so I thought I would ask here.

1- Is the second link a dealer of forrest blades?
2- Is the 48 teeth blade really made by Forrest, even though you don’t see it on their website? Ths link to 48 tooth blade is: http://www.forrestsawbladesonline.com/product_644_NEW_48_TOOTH_Woodworker_II_For_Even_Cleaner_Cross_Cuts.html

Thanks!


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mrg

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 08:29 PM

The first link is Forrests own website which has not been updated since March 2010. The second link is a reseller.

-- mrg

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Loren

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 08:40 PM

People sell them on ebay all the time, usually in virtually new condition
as a lot of hobby guys buy Forrest and then abandon the hobby.

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TheKingInYellow

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 08:40 PM

I’m not sure where you are, but in the US or Canada, just order from Lee Valley.

Here is the US link: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=46446&cat=1,41080,41165

Lee Valley is just amazing, I don’t think I’ve ever read a complaint about them.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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bigkev

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 08:42 PM

Just picked up a WWII on ebay (10407125) for $69.99. I also purchased a 12” chopmaster for my CMS a couple of months ago from the Forrest site. The quality of cut is fantastic. It was cheaper on Amazon so I called Forrest and asked how that could be and the guy said he didn’t know. He offered me a discount and sent $20 worth of sharpening coupons so I went ahead and ordered from him. I have a Ridge Carbide TS-2000 that I absolutely love but I damaged it with a nail and figured I would buy the Forrest and compare the two. I just received it a couple of days ago so I haven’t used it yet, but it is looks very well made. I picked up the Forrest dado set (8”) on Amazon for $231.00 with free shipping last week and can’t wait to try it out. It was $269.00 on Forrest’s site plus shipping. I will post reviews once I use them a little more but my first impression is pretty good. I sent you a PM.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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knotscott

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 08:49 PM

The 48T WWII is definitely made by Forrest. It’s their most recent entry in that line, and appears to have been introduced to compete with the Infinity Super General and Freud Fusion, both of which outperform the standard 40T WWII in plywoods/sheetgoods and fine crosscuts in recent comparison tests. They also have a 30T and 40T in both thin and full kerf widths. It’s been out for quite a while….several months anyway, so it is a little peculiar that they haven’t updated their website. Not a priority I guess.

Amazon often has good prices, but watch Rockler, Woodcraft, and Eagle America for sales too.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 12:19 AM

Guys,

One more question I need help with is: Should I go with a thin kerf blade or just the regular 1/8” kerf? I have not used a thin kerf blade before, so I am not aware of the pros and cons. Can someone please help me decide?

Thanks!

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Loren

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#7 posted 07-22-2011 12:55 AM

What kind of saw do you have?

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Vrtigo1

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 12:58 AM

Thin kerf blades are good for a couple different things…one, for underpowered (i.e. less than 3 HP saws) they can reduce the load on the motor. If you make a lot of narrow cuts, i.e. ripping a board into 1/4” strips, then you end up wasting less wood with the TK blade, so you can potentially get more usable workpieces.

Full kerf blades are typically sturdier and less prone to vibration, but I believe with the technology these days, they have done a lot to minimize the differences in this area between full and thin kerf blades.

Personally, I bought the full kerf WWII from Amazon and have been really happy with it. I think I paid something like $105.

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 01:18 AM

Excellent blades. I purchased my Woodworker II thin kerf from highlandwoodorking.com. They carry the full catalog I believe including dado.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/search.aspx?find=forrest

When it dulls, just mail it back to Forrest and they’ll sharpen it for you for free.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 01:34 AM

Check out Librawood:
http://www.librawood.com/

They have great prices and free shipping on Forrest blades. For instance, Forrest Woodworker II: 10” x 40 Tooth, 1/8” Kerf:
Highland is $116.99 ($129.98 with shipping)
LeeValley is $112.00 ($123.50 with shipping)
Librawood is $98.00

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 01:35 AM

I bought from the second link a few years ago with no problems:

http://www.forrestsawbladesonline.com/category_2_Woodworker_II.html

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#12 posted 07-22-2011 03:26 AM

I got mine on sale from Amazon. 30 tooth thin kerf…love it!

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TheWoodNerd

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#13 posted 07-22-2011 07:13 PM

Best price I’ve ever seen on a WWII is from amazon.com, $97.79 with free shipping. That’s for the 40-tooth, full-kerf. I don’t know their reasoning for coming out with the 48-tooth, but I seem to recall hearing that it wasn’t selling well. The WWII 40-tooth has a huge reputation, perhaps the 48’s not different enough for people to take the chance.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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TheWoodNerd

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#14 posted 07-22-2011 07:14 PM

just mail it back to Forrest and they’ll sharpen it for you for free

Huh? Since when?

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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ChuckV

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#15 posted 07-22-2011 08:05 PM

Here are the Forrest sharpening prices. Add to this shipping both ways.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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