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CharlesA

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137 days ago

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I use my LM75R blade a fair amount. Today I was cleaning the teeth and I noticed one of the carbide teeth looked odd. Upon closer examination I realized that there is is a problem with the carbide on one of the teeth. What should I do? Anything?


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mantwi

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#1 posted 137 days ago

Do not use this blade. You are fortunate to have found it during the cleaning. The alternative way may have proved painful or even incapacitating. If the blade is not too old I’d contact Freud or try to return it to the retailer. If you feel that it has paid for itself then replace it. Whatever you do don’t try to use it, it’s just a matter of time before that thing becomes a projectile flying off a blade spinning at better than 4000 rpm. Not as pleasant prospect.

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 137 days ago

I’ve used it too much to return, I think. Bummer.

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#3 posted 137 days ago

CharlesA,I have heard if the blade is not ground correctly ,the carbide teeth chip easily,now how true that statement is I’m not sure but if I noticed one tooth chipped off I would take the blade to a sharpening center and ask them to replace the tooth and then resharpen the whole blade correctly.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#4 posted 137 days ago

Disturbed is right it can be repaired. But don’t use it til you do. Imagine flying carbide finding your eye balls :-/

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#5 posted 137 days ago

Id say contact freud and enclose picture of tooth problem, Im thinking they will either ask you to return blade at your expense or they will send a shipping label to have you return the blade. This is a danagerous blade and that tooth could dislocate with out even hitting any wood. Freud has enough problems Im sure they don’t want another so im sure they would nip iit in the but right away. To me it looks more like a defect that ruff use of the blade. garver brown

-- Garver Brown Chetek WI 54728

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#6 posted 137 days ago

I had the same thing happening with this freud blade.

Probably defect in manufacturing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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woodchuckerNJ

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#7 posted 137 days ago

Send it too freud they’ll charge you a few bucks for a new tooth and sharpening.
Or send it to Forrest.

You probably hit some metal and caused the carbide to fracture.

-- Jeff NJ

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 137 days ago

I’d be very surprised if I hit metal. I don’t use it all the time. I have a crosscut blade and a 24T blade for more general ripping. This one gets treated pretty nicely.

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Vertigo

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#9 posted 137 days ago

It might of just been a bad batch Charles. Contact Freud. Whadya have to lose

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#10 posted 137 days ago

Another plus for not using the blade. I’d contact Freud as well. They’re usually pretty good about getting problems resolved. If it’s a well used blade, it might cost you to have the tooth replaced, but you might get lucky and they’ll replace it or the blade for free.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#11 posted 137 days ago

I’ve never seen a tooth fracture like that without being hit somehow.
To me it’s not worth the time trying to contact Freud and shipping the blade off.
Regardless how it happened, I would just take it and have it resharpened and a new tooth put on, and call it a day.
I think my sharpening shop charges my 5 bucks a tooth to replace.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 137 days ago

If Freud isn’t interested in replacing it, a sharpening service can replace that carbide and resharpen the blade much cheaper than replacing it. My sharpening guy always checks my blades and has replaced teeth I hadn’t even noticed were bad.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CharlesA

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#13 posted 137 days ago

I’ve sent an email to Freud—may as well find out.

Kevin, you may be right—I just can’t imagine when that would have been given how I use it.

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hoosier0311

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#14 posted 137 days ago

I had the same thing happen to more than one Freud blade, one time to a forrest blade. Freud wasn’t interested in talking about it. Forrest replaced the blade (but I had to pay shipping), I had not even used the Forrest blade, I noticed the carbide chipping off when I was preparing to install it. I been using Ridge Carbides for a couple of years now, no problems at all.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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CharlesA

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#15 posted 135 days ago

Called my local toolshop where I get my blades sharpened (local person comes by and picks up/drops off once a week) and she’ll replace a tooth for $3.90. Works for me.

I went ahead and got a new one so I’ll always have a sharp one. Since the sharpening service takes 1-2 weeks depending on when you drop it off, it’s helpful to have two of any blade I use a lot. I have two general purpose/crosscut blades, and now I’ll have two glue line blades.

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