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Forum topic by DavidNJ posted 01-20-2013 09:52 PM 3223 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2013 09:52 PM

I need a 12” for a compound miter saw. The blade on that is hopeless. I might like one for my 10” but the blade on that is tolerable.

I have three candidates:

  1. Freud LU91
  2. Infinity
  3. Forrest Chopmaster

Freud LU91

-5° hook, 15° ATB, 60T, .090 kerf, .071 plate, ~$70 for 10”


-5° hook. 30° ATB/R with presumably a flat tooth every 5th tooth, 80T, .110 kerf, plate not specified, ~$75 for 10” (Infinity sale price)

Forrest Chopmaster

-5° hook, 30° ATB/R (4 teeth plus flat rakeer), 80T, .125 kerf, plate not specified, ~$150

There is also the Chopmaster signature: -5° hook, 30° ATB/R (2 teeth plus flat rakeer), 90T, .110 kerf, plate not specified, ~$170

And the Miter Master: Similar to Chopmaster except for .105 kerf and ~$205 price

The similarities between the Infinity and Forrest would seem to make the Freud the odd man (blade?) out. It would also seem to indicate the Infinity is a good value.

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 10:22 PM

The 0.90” kerf of the LU91 is very thin for a 12” span if you’re considering it for your 12”.

Those are all excellent brands, but Infinity has consistently offered the most impressive blades and router bits I’ve used to date.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 02:49 AM

Scott, the Hi-ATB/R 80T setups are the way to go? The little miter saw doesn’t benefit from the thin kerf? Is the non-stick coating, only on Freud, useful?

Otherwise, it seems the Infinity is the way to.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 03:06 AM

Look at the Guhdo blades they have won me over they deliver a Forrest cut at a Freud price.

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 03:18 AM

If I’m not mistaken, Fine Woodworking or perhaps Journal did a comparison of blades.Pretty sure the Infinity came out on top overall.

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