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bigkev

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572 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: blade table saw

http://www.woodpeck.com/ts2000blade.html

I have one of these blades as well as the Forrest WWII. This is a great blade – every bit as good as the WWII in my opinion. I’m using it on my table saw right now. Great price – I may have to order another one!

-- Kevin, South Carolina


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Matt Przybylski

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#1 posted 572 days ago

I have the 8” dado set and its very good as well.

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#2 posted 572 days ago

thats a good price for a good blade

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#3 posted 572 days ago

How does it compare to the Tenyru gold series? I’ve been happy with it but I’m always looking for something better.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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bigkev

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#4 posted 572 days ago

I know the Tenryu is what Hal Taylor uses and he highly recommends them so they must be pretty good. I believe that will be my next blade if the need arises. I’ve been known to ruin one.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#5 posted 572 days ago

That price is maybe a sale price for them but that’s been the everyday price at Holbren, with discount, for a few years now. Nothing against Woodpeckers but when your sale price is others everyday price, you’re overpriced.

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#6 posted 572 days ago

syenefarmer, Thanks for the info on Holbrens, looks worth checking out. The $79.95 is Holbrens price for a 10” 24T rip blade. The 40T combo (TS2000) is $89.95. -Jack

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#7 posted 572 days ago

”How does it compare to the Tenyru gold series? I’ve been happy with it but I’m always looking for something better.”

I’ve tried the Tenryu Gold Medal,Ridge Carbide TS2000, WWII, CMT 213.040.10, and DeWalt DW7657 (+Delta 35-7657) head to head. I don’t do scientific testing, but I try to eliminate as many variables as possible. The Gold Medal, TS2000, and WWII all performed within a gnat’s eyelash of each other in my experience. The TS2000 does have larger carbide than the others in this group, which withstands more sharpenings but doesn’t really effect cut quality. The DW7657 is pretty close in performance for a fraction of the cost. The two CMT 213.040.10 that I’ve tried must have been defective, because both performed poorly, but I know others have gotten good results from it. They all have fairly similar designs.

The Infinity Super General offers a Hi-ATB grind combined with a dual edge side grind that is different than most standard 40T general purpose blades, and clearly has superior fine crosscut and ply capability, as well as a more highly polished edge in rip cuts, but is a bit less efficient in thicker rips. The Freud Fusion is pretty similar. The new 48T WWII isn’t an overly similar design, but offers similar strengths and weaknesses….it’s my opinion that Forrest introduced this blade in response to a couple of blade comparisons where the Super General and Fusion outperformed the standard WWII in the areas I mentioned.

FWIW, Holbren regularly offers the TS2000 for $89.95 with free shipping….use “Bt310” discount code, and the delivered cost is ~ $81.

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bigkev

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#8 posted 572 days ago

And there you have it.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#9 posted 572 days ago

I have both the Ridge (from Holbren) and the WWII. When new, they both cut extremely well. Over time, the Ridge seems to have dulled more quickly than the WWII. Since I didn’t cut the exact same pieces of wood on both blades, it definitely isn’t a controlled test. After a year of use, the WWII crosscuts are a tad bit smoother than the Ridge. Both are good blades and made in the USA. I don’t regret buying either one.

I looked at the Tenryu and its width is half way between a full kerf and a thin kerf blade. The 1/32” width difference between the full and thin kerfs drives me crazy. Trying to do fractions at 1/64” intervals would be my undoing.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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knotscott

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#10 posted 572 days ago

Tenyu did start offering a standard 0.125” full kerf within the past year or so….the 0.111” mid kerf was sort of an oddball size that I’m sure caused at least some issues with some full kerf splitters. For those interested, the Gold Medal is made in Japan, which gives the TS2000 and the WWII a small advantage in my book when weighing a purchase decision….they also have several lines made in China.

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