|Forum topic by DavidNJ||posted 01-21-2013 07:45 PM||1830 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-21-2013 07:45 PM
I’ve been primarily considering Freud and Infinity, with Forrest always in the background.
For the miter saw, in another thread, it appears that Infinity or Forrest would be a better choice than Freud. However, what about for the table saw?
Note: I primarily use to Freud Diablo blades now: a 24T ATB ripping blade and a 90T Hi-ATB cross cutting blade. The Diablo blades have Freud’s non-stick coating. Note: that coating sometimes comes off on the wood; the first time I saw it I thought I was cut and bleeding.
I’m considering 3 blades:
24T Flat tooth ripping blade
40T Hi-ATB general purpose blade
80T Hi-ATB plywood, veneer, and crosscutting blade
The specs between the two brands are effectively identical, with 2°. All of the Freud blades have their non-stick coating. The 40T Infinity has a non-stick coating, the rest are nickel plated. The Infinity coated blades are ground on the arbor center removing any slight regularity from the coating.
The 24T and 80T blades are virtually the same price between brands in full kerf; the 40T Infinity is $45 more than the Freud: $110 vs. $65.
In thin kerf the 24T and 40T are $15 less combined for both brands. However, Infinity doesn’t have a thin kerf in the Hi-ATB 80T; Freud’s thin kerf is $19 less. All three blades from Freud in thin kerf are about the same price as Forrest Woodworker 80T Hi-ATB, $154 vs. $155.
Which blades would you recommend? Which kerf or combination of kerfs would you recommend?