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Thread: Forrest Woodworker blades - worth the money?

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    Forrest Woodworker blades - worth the money?

    I'm looking at buying a Forrest Woodworker II blade to handle nothing but ripping Ė they're obviously quite pricey (~$175), but I'm willing to spend that if they're worth the money. Is there a better-performing blade in the same price range?

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    If I were doing nothing but ripping like you say, I would be buying a Freud Glue Line Rip blade for about $65.

    Over the years, combination blades have lost their appeal for me. A good ripping blade and a good 60 tooth crosscut blade fill 95% of my needs. I have had good experience with Tenryu in addition to Freud.

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    If youíre only doing ripping, buy a rip blade. The WWII is a combo blade and youíll end up paying a premium for a feature (made for both rip and crosscut) you wonít use. Ridge Carbide makes nice blade ($120) with chunky teeth that can be resharpened many times, something that is not the case with Freuds. Infinity cutting tools also sells a rip blade for $50 that performs very well,

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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    I have had a WWII for many years and love the blade. Forrest does a great job sharpening their blades returning them to just like the day you bought it. If all you are going to do is rip, then as others have said, a good rip blade may be the better way to go. With that said, I do more ripping than cross cutting and have not been disappointed with the quality of the cut from the WWII - no issues with glue ups at all.
    Last edited by Doug Colombo; 03-17-2021 at 10:44 PM.

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    The Woodworker II with 30 teeth is listed as a ripping blade, not a combo blade - are they overexaggerating its ripping ability? The ability to resharpen is part of why I'm looking at something other than Freud. I hadn't heard of Ridge Carbide, thanks for that. There seems to be a supply issue, though, and I'm in a bit of a time crunch.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Lebanon, TN
    I have the Forrest Thin Kerf 20T 10" rip blade ($105). I use it on my Sawstop 3Hp and love it.

    You didn't state the size of the blade you were looking for.

    The 1/8" kerf Forrest 20T 10" rip blade is also ($105).
    Last edited by ChrisA Edwards; 03-17-2021 at 11:06 PM.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    West Lafayette, IN
    Forrest does indeed make excellent blades. Others have closed the gap however in recent years.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Camas, Wa
    I bought a Forrest WWII years ago when they were around $120 i think. It is a great blade but....There are so many more choices now that are cheaper. No way would I spend $175. I like Freud but also have Kemper, Onsrud, Delta/Dewalt, etc.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    So Cal
    I like Forrest blades so thatís what I use. I think they are quieter then Freud blades .
    It could be Iím losing my hearing some so that helps.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Cambridge Vermont
    I have a CMT 50 tooth combination blade and while it's fine for crosscutting you can tell it's really not great for ripping. I can't see the WWII 48 tooth being any better. I think 30 tooth is not going to make for a very good cross cut blade. If you're going to do this for any amount of time then you're best served getting a blade for ripping and a second blade for cross cuts that you could use for plywood. I went with the CMT simply because my neighbor (who does woodworking professionally) said the dealer he buys his blade from felt the CMT was a better buy. He has several WW blades and a few CMT and agreed. I figure someone who has at least a dozen blades he uses on a regular basis was probably someone to trust. That being said I would have no problems buying any of the other brands people have suggested.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    I have a WW II, I like it a lot but I don’t rip with it unless it’s a one-off operation. I use a Freud glue-line rip blade instead. I believe I paid $90 for the Freud and $140 for the WW II, both from Rockler last year.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Woodworker II 30t is a decent blade for a 110V saw. It is a low tooth count combination blade, so it does reasonably well with thicker wood. It was my primary blade for 8 years and is due resharpening. I picked up a Freud fusion (thin-kerf) in the meantime, and I've also been quite happy with that. Neither of these is flat tooth grind, so the shoulders of the kerf are not perfectly flat.

    I haven't used the Freud glue-line rip blades. I was about to pick one up last week based on my memory of some favorable reviews. But Freud does not recommend them for very thick rips, which is what I was interested in.


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    Join Date
    Sep 2019
    Lafayette, CA
    These table saw blade threads always make me feel like Iím missing out on something fabulous.

    I use Diablo blades, which ó as far as I can tell ó are a budget line made by Freud. Theyíre cheap at Home Depot. I have a 24-tooth rip and an 80-tooth crosscut. Iíve had them sharpened and I keep them clean. They cut everything well.

    Noise comparison? The saw doesnít go on unless Iím wearing major ear protection, so sorry, what?

    Am I naÔve, or is it acceptable to use these pedestrian blades? Tell me now, because Iím on my 20th year with them. Or do I need to spend four times as much?

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    Give these guys a look for Forrest blades


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    I certainly like my Forrest blades even if they are at a premium, both price wise and an availability concern. Earlier I used an Amana rip blade and had no problems with that one either.
    While you're blade shopping make sure you check out
    Forrest 10" 20T WWII Rip Blade at Sliver's

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