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  • #16
    I love mine - just a hobbyist myself. I talked to all the woodworkers I could find ( especially the older ones... ) to see what the most cost effective tool purchases would be, this was at the top of their lists. Mine's been a joy. Just be sure to clean it regularly to keep the tear out in check - pine and cedar do tend to build up and mess with the cut.
    My shop:
    Ridgid TS2424 w/Forrest WWII
    Incra TSIII w/Wonderfence & rt. side table
    Old Shopmaster 14" bandsaw
    Sunhill 6" Jointer
    DW708 SCMS w/Forrest Chopmaster
    Delta Shopmaster drillpress
    Incra Router Lift
    Pro Ftr guides
    2 Grrrippers & 2 GripTites
    CMJ splitter
    10 fingers

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    • #17
      The old one's huh?

      Then you talked to Lorax i take it?...
      Yoroshiku onegai shimasu

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      • #18
        Originally posted by nobunaga-sama
        Then you talked to Lorax i take it?...
        My criteria was: old enough to be retired, can still count to 10, and technology illiterate...
        My shop:
        Ridgid TS2424 w/Forrest WWII
        Incra TSIII w/Wonderfence & rt. side table
        Old Shopmaster 14" bandsaw
        Sunhill 6" Jointer
        DW708 SCMS w/Forrest Chopmaster
        Delta Shopmaster drillpress
        Incra Router Lift
        Pro Ftr guides
        2 Grrrippers & 2 GripTites
        CMJ splitter
        10 fingers

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        • #19
          A bit of a lame post (yea, nothing's changed) but I bought a Freud combo at HD on sale for around $50 - sorry I don't have the # in mind. I *never* saw junk on my saw... *never*!! This blade has thrown 2 carbide teeth and several are chipped on the cutting tip. You would think that I ran some scrap with nails in it through the saw. I even asked the wife if one of the sons-in-law has stopped by to use it. Nope. Having never heard any complaints about Freuds blades I'm going to assume that I got a bum blade. My real point isn't to slam Freud but to say that it would be hard to imagine a smoother cut but, then again, I've never had a Forrester. It's kind of like the tool that you said you'd never bother to own but once used you can't imagine being without it. I'm in for a WWII when my next ship comes in.
          Later,
          Chiz
          Later,
          Chiz
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          • #20
            Chiz,
            If you contact Freud CS, I can just about guarantee they'll take care of you. Great folks.
            Lorax
            "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06

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            • #21
              Really?!?! Worth a try. Thanks for that. I'll check the website for contact.

              EDIT: E-mail sent to them.
              Last edited by ironhat; 03-18-2006, 07:37 PM.
              Later,
              Chiz
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              • #22
                I just want to be sure .... is the Forrest WWII blade fine for all table saws, more specifically for contractor saws under 2HP like the TS3650.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by dieselgg View Post
                  I just want to be sure .... is the Forrest WWII blade fine for all table saws, more specifically for contractor saws under 2HP like the TS3650.
                  I purchased my WWII thin kerf for use with my 3650 and it was CLEARLY one of the best $80 I have spent on woodworking.

                  Like many, I have purchased or received my fair share of Black and Decker, Ryobi, Skill and other inexpensive tools. Even though my shop time is very intermittent and limited by work obligations, I am trying to discipline myself to only buying tools of genuine quality.

                  You will never regret buying something of quality, whether you use it everyday or just when you need it.
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                  • #24
                    Out of curiosity, have you ever used the Freud LU84 or LU88 blades before and if so how did you like them?

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                    • #25
                      I've been running a Freud LU84R011 on my saw almost since the day I purchased it. I can truthfully say that the only times I've ever had any issues with the blade not performing flawlessly can be traced directly to operator error. I prefer a full kerf blade but many prefer thin kerf blades for saws with motors 1-1/2 HP and smaller. BTW, if it's still going on, Amazon is currently having a sale on the LU84R011 for $39.99 freight paid and they'll even throw in a stabilizer for that price. Read the part on the Amazon page about "Promotions".
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by dieselgg View Post
                        Out of curiosity, have you ever used the Freud LU84 or LU88 blades before and if so how did you like them?
                        No, I went right from using the ridgid stock blade for a few projects to the WWII. I DO consider Freud products to be of very high quality as a general rule. I'm sure the Freud will be worth every penny you spend.
                        Stay well and play well.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by dieselgg View Post
                          Out of curiosity, have you ever used the Freud LU84 or LU88 blades before and if so how did you like them?
                          The LU84 was my first "good" blade...it made a huge difference over the junk I'd been using. The WWII was my 2nd good blade, and it does cut noticeably cleaner than even the LU84, but both will provide glueline cuts. The WWII is available in full or thin kerf which is easier on the motor. It's a great all around blade. There is a TK version of the LU84 called the LU83 if that's the type blade you want.

                          The LU88 is another one of my favorites...it was real brow raiser and a very pleasant surprise. It's labeled as a crosscut blade but it's about as versatile as the WWII but in a slightly different thickness range. It cuts a tad cleaner than the WWII, and even rips well to about 6/4" in hardwoods...the WWII is slightly more aggressive on rips and does well to about 8/4" hardwoods. If you cut woods that are mostly 6/4" or under, or alot of veneered plywood, the LU88 does slightly better and offers more bang for the buck IMHO. If you rip alot of fairly thick wood, the WWII might serve better. Either way it's a good idea to get a decent 24T ripper for really thick or heavy ripping tasks. (LU87, DW7124TK, Infinity, Leitz, etc.) The combination of the LU88 and LU87 is a killer match on most saws < 2hp.

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                          Last edited by hewood; 12-30-2006, 06:45 PM.

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                          • #28
                            I'm curious what everyone thinks of the Ridgid blades. Not the stock (or is that clock quality) blade that comes with the saw, but the gold blades that retail for around $45 to $60 in 10" size. I think someone mentioned that these were made for Ridgid by Freud, is that true?
                            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                              I'm curious what everyone thinks of the Ridgid blades. Not the stock (or is that clock quality) blade that comes with the saw, but the gold blades that retail for around $45 to $60 in 10" size. I think someone mentioned that these were made for Ridgid by Freud, is that true?
                              The Ridgid blade I tried was pretty good and I hear good things from others about them. AFAIK, they're made by Freud, and from what I can tell they're comparable to the entry level Freud Diablo and TK/Avanti series blades. If the Ridgid blades are discounted, they're a good buy IMO, but at regular retail, I think the Freud Industrial series offers better performance and longevity for just a few bucks more.

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                              • #30
                                i just switched from a freud lu88 to a dewalt dw7657 on my 3650 and i'm very happy. the freud is a smoother crosscut but i didn't like the deflection i was getting with the thin kerf, and the dewalt is nearly as smooth and just eats through everything i've thrown at it.

                                rb

                                oh- and the dewalt "sounds better".

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