What to do with the Forrest WWII that came with my table saw purchase?

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Forum topic by sixstring posted 06-20-2012 10:24 PM 1304 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2012 10:24 PM

Obviously, use it right? Well, I bought a PM66 TS for a song, and it came with this ridiculously gunked up Forrest WWII blade (thin kerf.) It’s completely useless but since it’s a quality blade, I’m sure it’s worth cleaning and up and sharpening right? Guess I should be calling Forrest or a blade sharpener but thought I’d throw this question at you guys too. Havent looked into what it would cost to restore, resharpen…

Just a budding woodworker myself and I’m using Diablo blades, which to my inexperienced self, work great. No burns with the rip, crosscut and combo blades (assuming I use the right one that is.)

Mostly, I’ve been resawing and ripping reclaimed old growth fir.

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 10:28 PM

Forrest offers a sharepening service, clean it up, send it in and enjoy. I have had great luck with all the forrest blades I own.

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 10:58 PM

Clean it up and have it resharpened. I have had much better luck with Dynamic Saw than Forrest and they are cheaper by a good amount. The other saw shop I like better than Forrest is Cooks, it is in Texas and they have a free sharpening coupon on their site for first time customers I think.

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 11:05 PM

If it’s real bad, douse it with oven cleaner – you may be surprised
at how well it cuts even without resharpening. Soft woods really
gum up blades with pitch but they don’t dull them too much.

Forrest is a pretty darn good blade.


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#4 posted 06-21-2012 04:06 PM

Thanks all. Suppose it wouldnt hurt just cleaning it first and seeing how it cuts. Oven cleaner huh? Nasty stuff but thats a great option.

Does old softwood like fir lose pitch, or lets say, gunkability, the older it gets? I’ve got this stuff thats close to 100yrs old and just curious what to expect over time.

I’ll check out that free sharpening coupon and service. Must be someone local too so I’ll try google.

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#5 posted 06-21-2012 04:08 PM

Expect to spend about $40 with shipping. That’s what I paid to have mine resharpened by Forrest. I was missing three teeth which they replaced within that price.

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 05:57 PM

I use Arm & Hammer washing soda to clean blades. Biodegradeable and won’t eat up your hands. Warm water, soak, brush, light oil if ya like, put it to work.


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#7 posted 06-21-2012 05:58 PM

there are many posts that recommend against using oven cleaner – some warn that it can weaken welds. Check this out: Forrest sells a blade cleaner, probably can’t go wrong with that:

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#8 posted 06-21-2012 06:00 PM

ive heard of using simple green too but i cant vouch for it.

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 08:11 PM

The ‘Green’ Simple Green can weaken carbide, but if you are not soaking it won’t be an issue. The same company makes another product called pro HD that I use. Here is a link to a review someone else did.

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 08:14 PM

Old pine will gradually lose some of its pitch. But it’ll never lose all of it.

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#11 posted 06-21-2012 08:30 PM

Before you send it off somewhere to be sharpened I would check with the previous owner to see if he can remember how many times he had it sharpened. Others may not necessarily agree but IMO once a blade has been sharpened 4 or 5 times I just buy a new one.

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#12 posted 06-21-2012 08:47 PM

You can’t beat a Forrest blade for great cutting, but the folks at Forrest are great too. They give excellent customer service and do a great job resharpening my Forrest blades. I ship them the blade (40tooth WWII) with my cc info and they return it, all for about $25. Replacing teeth is extra. The one time I had a problem, I called and spoke with one of the owners. It is a family owned American company that make an excellent product and back it up. Send it to them, use it and you will be amazed at how the cut is superior to a Diablo blade. I own three and the 8” dado set and would use nothing else. But if you are ripping a lot of lumber, consider a dedicated ripping blade too. A 28 tooth large gullet rip blade is far superior to a combination blade for a lot of ripping. The wwII works fine for small amounts of everyday ripping.

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#13 posted 06-21-2012 10:05 PM

I clean my blade with ammonia, it works well.

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#14 posted 06-22-2012 06:01 AM

Check for a local sharpening service, ours is $10-15 and they sharpen most anything… round blades, hand saw blades, router bits, etc. Call a good sized local printer and just ask who sharpens their cutter blades.


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#15 posted 06-22-2012 01:19 PM

Send it to me.

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