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Forum topic by jusfine posted 12-22-2011 06:42 PM 1139 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blades fitters world question festool

Anyone have any experience with their products?

Prices for Festool blades seem very reasonable.

Appreciate any input from users.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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#1 posted 01-03-2012 07:52 AM

What have you found out about these Randy?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 12:36 PM

This guy started out in England selling thru ebay, then he opened Fitters World NA. These cheap blades are marketed as being the alternative to sending out for resharpening – for about the same money as a resharpen, you can put in a new blade and not have to take it in anywhere or wait for it to come back. I’ve used the 165mm Dewalt plunge saw replacement blades, there’s really no difference in the quality of the cut with my Dewalt saw using these blades – on ply or 3/4 mdf you still get a glue line cut, on melamine coated particle board, you’re still going to get 1 perfect side with just a few bits of break out facing you – like you would with your regular blade.
One thing to note for Dewalt users is they have blades with different toothing, I got a ripping blade which is like the proverbial knife thru butter. Definitely recommended.

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 03:16 AM

Mark, I have ordered a few blades to give them a try, and I feel more confident now that renners has chipped in with his positive review!

Will let you know on shipping time and quality of cut when they arrive.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 06:58 AM

Sounds good!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 06:38 PM

Did you get the blades and did you give them a try?

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 07:33 PM

I ordered 6 blades, was notified they shipped from Utah on the 5th of January.

Utah is 23 hours driving time from where I live in Canada.
Earlier this week, I recieved an email stating the blades had arrived in California.
Apparently they were “labeled incorrectly”.

So they went South instead of North for two and a half weeks, who could blame them, it’s winter here.

So, to answer your question, no, not yet, I am still waiting… and, for me, the credibility is slipping.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 05:40 PM

Update on USPS tracking:
USPS tracking now shows the package was shipped from Hawaii yesterday… they sure take the long way around to get to Canada.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 04:03 PM

Back from a 10 day trip to the US, still no package from Fitters World.

Sent another email requesting an update.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#9 posted 02-23-2012 04:09 PM

Aha, once again, the US standardized two-letter state abbreviations gets things screwed up. The postal sorters saw ”CA” on a package and sent it to California…instead of Canada. I always write out the destination state, province, and country..in addition to the two-letter abbreviation. This problem has happened to me too.
Don’t get me started on shipments to Michigan versus Mississippi, or Maine versus Massachusetts… Sheesh.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 05:29 PM

After the third attempt at shipping the blades to me, they finally arrived today, March 2nd. Since they were originally shipped January 5th, it has been a long wait.

The package arrives, blades seem to be well packaged in individual cardboard sleeves, with the teeth wrapped by a rubber tubing, and the blade inside a plastic sleeve.

After removing the packaging, and upon closer examination, each one of the blades has a build up of rust, not just the light surface rust that can be wiped away, but a thick coating of the teeth and the relief cuts.

I really don’t know why I was thinking I was going to get a quality blade for under $30.00.

Will put one on my saw this afternoon and try it out, but at this point I think I may as well have flushed $168 straight down the toilet – don’t see how I can rip an expensive sheet of material with a rusty blade and not have any staining or damage occur.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 11:32 PM

Very valuable data, thank you for the update.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 04:17 PM

Didn’t get a chance to try out the blades yesterday, but before I left negative feedback on the eBay site, I wanted to see if I could hear from the company on the corrosion, and this was their reply:

”What you are seeing is the crystallization of the corrosion preventative on the blade. (This could lead to corrosion, but I haven’t seen any serious corrosion) The steel plate should be the only thing affected, not the carbide tips. Fitters World Blades are packaged for industrial use, not retail sales, hence the extremely low price.

Please try the blade out and let me know what you think. If you are still disappointed, let me know and I’ll make it right.”

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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