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453 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: freud forrest blade table saw question

I am getting to the end of the life of my affordable quality 10” table saw blades and would like to get a ripping and cross cutting blade that will last a long time.

In a weekend hobbiest shop that makes home furniture for myself and the neighbourhood is the Forrest worth the 3x the price than the similar spec Freud? I take my blades to a shop to get sharpened but would like to start doing it myself, I imagine the Forrest would have more carbide and can survive more sharpening but I have no idea.

Do you think it’s worth it for me?


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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 453 days ago

Both are decent blades, however the Forrest can be sharpened 20 times and they provide a mail in service and packaging for it to be done. If it were down to a choice between the 2 brands, I would pick the Forrest.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 453 days ago

If my budget would allow me to buy a $100+ blade, I’d buy a Forrest. They charge a lot for their product, but offer a lot of value too.

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#3 posted 453 days ago

The Ridge Carbide TS2000 has about more 35% carbide than either.

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#4 posted 453 days ago

Forrest makes a better blade than Freud, IMHO. Has nothing to do with how much carbide is in the teeth and everything to do with flatness of the blades, tooth geometry and vibration control.

A bench top saw with a quality blade, will make better cuts than a cabinet saw running a bargain spinner.


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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 453 days ago

It would help to know which blades you are comparing, I don’t know of any “comparable” between the 2 where Forrest is 3X the price. That said, if you’re after a combo blade I have the Freud and Forrest 40 tooth com parables (Freud 410 and Forrest WW2), and can’t see any difference in the cut or how long the blade stays sharp. If you’re referring to dedicated crosscut and rip blades, I have no experience with the ones from Forrest. Mine are all Freud, and I find them to be excellent.

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#6 posted 453 days ago

Both are good blades. I am in the Freud camp and I do have a Forrest. The Freud is less costly. I don’t buy the flatness argument. Forrest are “hand” flattened and the Freud is done by machine. I have never noticed any difference. Regarding sharpening, it is a little pricy to sharpen a Forrest, so Freud will still be a better value in the long run. IMOP


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#7 posted 453 days ago

In our molding business we used a lot of Forrest blades and they are a first class blade.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 453 days ago


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#9 posted 453 days ago

You can buy four Oshlum blades from Carbide Processors (rip, crosscut, or general purpose) for the price of one Forrest. I believe that Oshlum is the best kept secret in woodworking. I have both and Forrest is better than an Oshlum, but not better than four of them. Or even two of then for that matter.

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 453 days ago

Throw Tenryu into the mix. Great cutting blades at a moderate cost.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 453 days ago

I had never heard of Ridge Carbide Tool’s but they have pretty good sharpening costs.

I am currently using a DeWalt 24 & 60 tooth set and its fine for building shop storage and household bookshelves.

I bought the Freud 8” stacking dado set and was FLOORED by the quality and silent cuts so now I am wanting to get quality all around. How long does a typical blade last in a constant use environment? If the Forrest has twice the lifetime of the Freud then it makes since to buy the Forrest.

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#12 posted 453 days ago

I chose the Freud LM72M010 Industrial Heavy Duty Rip Saw Blade 10-Inch by 24t Flat Top 5/8-Inch arbor Ice Coated for my ripping of 8/4 and 12/4 hardwood. I love it, and it even does a decent job with crosscutting. I liked it so much that I bought a second one even though the first is going strong. At $50, IMO, it is a steal at half the price of the Forrest. Plus the Freud anti-vibration and flat cut design has me impressed. Just my 2-cents…

I have not had to use a sharpening service as of yet, so can’t comment on that aspect though.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 453 days ago

This is very interesting, I have been kicking around the same two blades in my head too. I have all industrial Freud blades now, and have never had a combo blade….I noted on here several people praising the Forrest blades. I too, like uMinded am just a week end…week night woodworker…what difference other than sharpening would we be able to tell on our work?

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#14 posted 453 days ago


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#15 posted 453 days ago

Forrest blades make very nice crosscuts in all woods. That
means less sanding of hard end grain and virtually no blade
marks to plane or sand off. Part of the reason is Forrest
is very good about tensioning their blades to run flat.

With zero clearance inserts blow-out on the bottom of
crosscuts isn’t much of a problem, but Forrest blades
when sharp do a very clean bottom even without a
zero clearance insert.

Freud makes some very good blades. They aren’t quite
in the same class as Forrest though.

If you check on Ebay, Onsrud sells off excellent quality
new old stock saw blades at very cheap prices from time to time.


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