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Quite a while back there was a lot of talk, on this forum, about the Freud Glue Line Rip Blade. I bought one, and it has performed great, but now is getting dull. Should I take it to my local sharpening service ? In other words, is the quality built in to the way it's manufactured, or the way the teeth are ground? If I take it to a local place, will I get a glue line rip blade back? Or should I send it somewhere else?

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This is one of those questions one thinks to ask after someone else has asked it. I have the same question. I have not purchased a Forrester II yet, I understand those are best sent back to manufacturer to sharpen. I do however have Freud and Diablo blades and I have wondered where to get them sharpened. I have seen trays, or whatever you call them, to clean blades and sometimes that is all the blade needs, as it is with router bits.

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Jerry, I haven't seen those "trays". Can you post a link?

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I will have to to find it, it was some time ago. You can check out the following, I will try to find it:

Cleaning Woodworking Blades - NewWoodworker.com LLC,

and this one, it is what someone on the forum recomened to me and it works great.

Cleaning Woodworking Blades - NewWoodworker.com LLC.

I ordered it through:

http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/prodi...mber=BBCL-16OZ

I will keep looking because I want it also. You can use this cleaner with a soft rag and a old tooth brush.

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409, sprayed on the blade, and a brass brush cleans them as well or better than any commercial solution. Don't waste your resources!

Do not soak your bearing router bits in cleaning solutions. It will leech out the lubricant in the bearing, making it useless and, possibly dangerous. Learned this when I attempted to clean laminate adhesive off of a flush trim bit.
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Quite a while back there was a lot of talk, on this forum, about the Freud Glue Line Rip Blade. I bought one, and it has performed great, but now is getting dull. Should I take it to my local sharpening service ? In other words, is the quality built in to the way it's manufactured, or the way the teeth are ground? If I take it to a local place, will I get a glue line rip blade back? Or should I send it somewhere else?
Hi Rusty, I've tried to have blades sharpened a few times and the results have been hit or miss. Some sharpeners are very meticulous and have the latest equipment, resulting in a servicable blade. Others, are not as careful as to tolerances and the result is a barely usable blade, certainly something that is not accurate enough for fine work. I have discovered one shop that does quality sharpening but mostly use their sharpening service for hand saws.
I have three or so Freud blades in use at thus time and find them to be a good product. They are close to a top-of-the-line blade. I haven't used a glue line blade but do have a Freud Avanti combination blade in use and it does a good job, very clean cuts when ripping or cross-cutting.
IMO, I buy a new blade when one gets dull. Sharpening has been a crap-shoot for me.

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Find a cabinet shop and ask where they send their blades for sharpening.
I had my Freud 40 tooth combination resharpened and it cuts better than new.

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Hi Rusty,

Contact CharlesM, I'm sure he can provide a local certified shop to do the sharpening for you.


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I don't know about Rusty, but for me thank for all the good advise and no I have not found that link yet. Been doing yard work so not here.

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i agree with Ken about finding a local shop to do the sharpening. to me , sending it back to the manufacturer and waiting a month or so will definitely deter me from buying their blade!

i dont own a woodworker 2 blade, but i do own a premiere fusion and as long as it performs like it does, i wont own a wwII . i cant wait a month or more to get their blade sharpened.

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