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Forum topic by gforcegarcia posted 06-18-2008 04:45 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2008 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: forrest woodworker table saw blade rust

My wife bought ma a Forrest Woodworker II blade for Father’s Day. I noticed a little surface rust on the metal plate. Am I just being anal or should I expect no rust in a brand new $100 blade? I am sure I can clean it off. It looks kind of like a big thumbprint. What would you do?

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#1 posted 06-18-2008 05:16 AM

I would just clean it off. It really doesn’t hurt the blade’s performance. It is kind of like the first scratch on a new car. Sooner or later it is going to get one but the first one is the most aggravating.

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#2 posted 06-18-2008 06:35 AM

If you use it enough there won’t be a problem with rust. Some steel wool & WD40 should clean it up and give it some protection.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 06-18-2008 05:50 PM

I’d go ahead and use it.

I own five forrest blades, thick, thin, cross cut, rip. Each one was $100+. And I love them all, they really leave an excellent edge.

BUT, when I bought my first forrest blade, at what seemed like a HUGE premium over other blades, it came pretty funky looking. I dont know if you’ve noticed but forrest blades LOOK like they just got stamped out of an old soup can with some words half painted on the sides. I thought geez, for that much money “it’s not even painted, not pretty red like freud, or bright yellow like dewalt”, geez, what’s up with that. So I kinda sent forrest a semi nasty-gram, asking what the heck for that much money I’d expect it to come hand painted by Michael Angelo.

Well, they politely offered to exchange to blade if I was unhappy with it, or work with me to get a refund since I’d bought it through a vendor. But I decided I’d give it a shot. I’m glad I did. I’m very happy with forrest blades, funky half done paint job and all.

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#4 posted 06-18-2008 05:52 PM

or you could give it to a lumberjock of your choice… I have a feeling some of us won’t mind ;)

I’m kinda anal like that as well, but lets face it – you need to maintain and clean those metal surfaces anyways, so it’s just part of the routine… a little rust today, or a little rust tomorrow doesnt make a difference as long as you clear it out, and as long as there are no pits in the metal itself.


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#5 posted 06-18-2008 08:48 PM

If you dont want it, I am perfectly willing to take one for the group and accept the blade.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#6 posted 06-20-2008 08:01 PM

Thanks for all of your responses. Upon further inspection, it looked like there might be some pitting in the metal. So rather than feeling like I was getting less than I expected. I exchanged it. Since the woodcraft store is only about 10 min from home, it was no big deal.


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#7 posted 06-22-2008 03:09 AM


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