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Default Infinity General: The General has Arrived

Yes, the General has finally arrived after his flight was delayed thanks to Irma.

I知 looking forward to using a high quality blade in my table saw. The Freud will be generously donated to my 14 year Skill Circular Saw. She値l perform better with the Freud vs the stock blade she came with.

I知 excited to see how the General will perform this week. It値l be my first time using a high performance blade in the Table Saw.

Freud used to be considered high performance. That was a while ago and long before Home Depot started pressuring Freud to cut costs on their consumer lines.

The Infinity General should blow many other blades away with exception of the Woodworker 2.

Let痴 get realistic here. The Forest blade is probably going to cut slightly cleaner. It痴 paying double for a microscopic difference in performance vs the General.

I have some pricey cedar old growth cedar to take the General on his first test spin.
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Give us a review once you've used it for a while.
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I agree a review would be nice. I use Freud Fusion blades but I buy them online. I don't think they sell that blade in the stores.

PS - I use the full kerf.

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I agree a review would be nice. I use Freud Fusion blades but I buy them online. I don't think they sell that blade in the stores.

PS - I use the full kerf.

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This Blade is a thin Kerf General. The Full Kerf version is on back order for awhile.

The Fusion and General should be pretty close. The Infinty General has a better design with a blade hub that flattened on both sides and much larger carbides than the Fusion and can take more re-sharpening sessions.

The cut quality should be the same.

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Steven there are few tool selections more vexing than finding the best choice of blade for your saw. I have tried most brands of blades and it wasn't until 2 years ago that I discovered to get the best results you must be willing to learn how to cut with each blade! Different blade designs require different feed rates and materials really do require specific blades for the best results.

I own a Craftsman 10" table saw that I bought new in 1989. I always assumed there was no point in buying an expensive blade since it wasn't a high quality cabinet saw; I was wrong about this. As long as your saw is set up properly you will get better results using a premium blade. For general use I still keep a Freud Diablo 10"-50 tooth combination blade in my saw. Priced at about $50 it gives good results cutting anything from wood to Plexiglas. I have found I get similar results with a Guhdo-GMAXX blade priced at about $100. This blade is of the same configuration but has a special proprietary coating that seems to do well when cutting high density particle board or very wet wood. For finish cuts on projects I have a couple of Woodworker II blades for wood and plywood. After use I wipe all of them down with Trend Tool and Bit cleaner.

I look forward to your comments on the General blade.

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Do most people use one blade for ripping and cross cutting? I have a Freud Industrial Cabinetmakers blade and a Freud Industrial 24T ripping blade. They seem to work well for me and are easy to change back and forth. I have been ripping lots of maple for my kitchen remodel and I get a very smooth edge. I was worried with only 24 teeth but it seems to work well. Can one blade work as well as 2?

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Do most people use one blade for ripping and cross cutting?
I have 2 good blades for my saw, and I only change them to send one off to sharpen, or to install the dado set. But then, I rarely crosscut on the table saw. I use my chop saw for crosscutting unless the piece is too wide.

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Do most people use one blade for ripping and cross cutting? I have a Freud Industrial Cabinetmakers blade and a Freud Industrial 24T ripping blade. They seem to work well for me and are easy to change back and forth. I have been ripping lots of maple for my kitchen remodel and I get a very smooth edge. I was worried with only 24 teeth but it seems to work well. Can one blade work as well as 2?
It depends what you’re doing and what you’re cutting. I will be buying an Infinity cross cutting blade too.

Harder Woods like Maple, IPE, white oak, ect require a higher tooth blade to get a cleaner cut.

Forest pushed the blade industry to make better General Purpose blades. GP blades perform so well they have eliminated the need for 60 tooth blades.

Improved carbide technology has allowed blades to perform more tasks with fewer teeth.

24 tooth blades are not really used much in wood working. They’re used in construction since no one cares about blade marks on frame lumber and roof sheets. They’re more worried about speed.

On a lot of sites you see framing contractors using 80 tooth blades when installing I-beams made of OSB. A 24 or 40 would tear up the vertical facing OSB in the beam. You need a clean cutting blade to cut Ibeams.

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I have included a micro view of a maple board ripped with my Freud industrial 24 tooth blade. As you can see the board is very smooth. I thought about buying a 30 tooth blade but I feel the 24 tooth blade works fine plus the 24 tooth blade is rated for thicker material then the 30 tooth blade.
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I have included a micro view of a maple board ripped with my Freud industrial 24 tooth blade. As you can see the board is very smooth. I thought about buying a 30 tooth blade but I feel the 24 tooth blade works fine plus the 24 tooth blade is rated for thicker material then the 30 tooth blade.
There痴 always more than one way to get things done. I wouldn稚 call that smooth. The saw marks are clearly visible. The board would need to be shown some love from an hand plane or helical jointer.

The Infinity General will make the same cut in a thick maple with a much clean results only requiring a quick 150 and 220 grit sanding if you want the glass smooth lay your cheek on the board finish.

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