whats up with freuds fusion ?

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Forum topic by cabmaker posted 03-15-2012 03:19 AM 1269 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2012 03:19 AM

I thought the hundred bucks was fair enough for a decent blade but I gotta tell you I have had this pretty red high atb blade on my saw for three weeks and it has been dull for two of them. Anyone had success with this one ? JB

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 11:39 AM

I have it and rate it about the same as a Forrest WW II (both are amazing). I believe the side clearance on both blades is similar, hence the tendency to burn a little on woods like cherry, particularly if your saw is not dialed in exactly. I also noticed that pitch may build up somewhat faster on these blades (I am assuming due to side clearance). I sent something back to Freud once (router bit) and they took care of it: you might try giving them a call.

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 12:56 PM

I think Marlow may be on the right track….is it clean? Blades like that have the potential to cut cleaner than other 40T or 50T general purpose/combo type blades, but are fussier about setup and other factors. You may find that raising blade helps, keeping it clean is very important, alignment needs to be spot on, and will cut better if the lumber is flat and straight. Moist wood will also contribute to poor performance. It’s also worth noting that the Hi-ATB grind in general leaves less tearout, but is more prone to abrasion of the tips than other grinds. You should definitely more than a couple of good weeks from it, but blades of this type aren’t a great choice for high volumes of rougher pre-jointed cuts.

On the other hand, it’s possible you got one that’s not quite right….could be worth contacting Freud and/or the supplier.

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 08:47 PM

Thanks guys for the responses, but know that I have a few hours at the table saw. I understand all these paramaters thats why I am so puzzled at this situatiion. May just be a freak deal, I dont know. I went back to one of my combo blades this morning and life was good again and that is with a blade due to go to the sharpeners. Thanks again. JB

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 09:33 PM

I’ve had the “Fusion” blade for about a year and it still cuts smoothly. That said, I don’t use it very often…maybe you ended up with a lemon??

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 09:48 PM

I’ve had one running for 6-8 months (?) now and it still cuts great. I do notice cherry burn like Marlow mentioned though. In fairness I have not used other premium blades yet but I have been impressed so far.

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 02:59 AM

I’ve had one on my saw for over a year. It has cut a lot of wood. I clean it every so often but it is still sharp. It does burn on cherry sometimes, but it is probably due to the sub par fence.

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 03:51 AM

What tooth count is the blade and what are you trying to cut with it? Is it on a TS, miter saw or RAS?

Myself, I had great luck with Fusion blades. My best friend has had the same pair of 40T HI-ATB blades on his RAS and TS for nearly 3 years and they’re only been sharpened once. And he cuts a good bit of wood.

I can’t see a Fusion going flat that fast without hitting something or cutting some really abrasive wood.

I would call Freud and let them know. Chances are, they’ll replace it for free and will probably want to see the blade so they can find the problem.

Definitely sucks though, sorry to hear that! Must be frustrating, $100 for a lemon. That does not make for a good day!

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