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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not going to add anything new to the world here but I want to confirm the good comments you have heard about the Forrestt Woodworker II blade. Installed mine this morning...the thin kerf 40 tooth and the cuts it makes are certainly smooth as glass. The blade cuts quickly and easily, there is not as much blade noise. When you unwrap it and just LOOK at it compared to the blade you just took out of your saw you can clearly see that there is a lot of work in the Forresst blade.
Just wanted to add to the comments I have heard. It is way to expensive for a guy like me but I just HAD to have one. Ha!! I'm the guy that keeps the tool peddlers in business. And the fly fishing peddlers. And the dog training peddlers. And the marine.......you get it!!
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If you ever experience anything but perfect results add a stiffener to that blade. It helps for some thicker hard woods. It's my my favorite blade overall.
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If you ever experience anything but perfect results add a stiffener to that blade. It helps for some thicker hard woods. It's my my favorite blade overall.

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do you use a stiffner on both sides of the blade or if only one, inside or outside.
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Blade against the arbor and stiffener on the outside only.
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I have been using Forrest blades for over 20 years. they are excellent blades.
When it needs resharpening I suggest sending it back to Forrest.
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I've read the articles about how the so-called thin kerf blades improve saw performance, but haven't tried one myself. The gain, kerf-wise, is only 1/32", so I haven't felt motivated to spend the money.

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Hi Guys

I have use the thin kerf blades for a very long time, why put the good wood in the trash can...when I cut the stock up I want the cut to be right on the button with in .010.. and the thin kerf blades can do that job very well

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Have not tried one, but will sometime in the future. I have never heard one complaint about them, and unless your cutting nails they stay sharp for a long time.

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Well the thin kerf are almost required for the underpowered saws like mine that do not have a 3 HP motor. My saw is great, but the difference between even the Forrest regular kerf and thin kerf blades are like night and day using the saw.

So the savings in that 1/32 is not the best or only reason to switch blades, but getting more perceived power is and cutting through wood without taxing the motor as much are..

If you have a bench top or less than 3 hp saw make the switch, you will never go back to the thicker blades. With a 3 HP I use the wider kerf Forrest.

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does the woodworker II bog down , unless you have a thin kerf blade?? just trying to understand.

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