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#374058 - 04/23/12 03:49 PM Woodworking Question
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Here's a question for some of you good woodworking guys, maybe you can advise me...

I'm going to be installing some Sucupira flooring soon. The hardness of this wood(Janka scale 1800 to 2700) is akin to roughly twice the hardness of White Oak(Janka scale 1360 approx) which may tax my saws/blades. My mitre and table saws are both 15 amps, but I'm thinking I might instal some new blades on them having already cut loads of hardwood flooring and mdf trim on them already.

So, any saw blade suggestions(I have Freud presently), and also I'm thinking some kind of saw blade lube might help...any suggestions there?

Thks, Adrian
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#374061 - 04/23/12 04:07 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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I like Forrest blades.
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#374064 - 04/23/12 04:14 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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What about using blade lube, Michael? do you think it does as advertised(easier cutting, saves blades)?
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#374066 - 04/23/12 04:22 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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I dunno.... I never heard of such a thing. I have used some of the coated blades before, and they seamed to work quite well.

The Forrest blades though...., they just freaking cut and stay sharp forever. Even though they don't have as many teeth, they leave a better cut. Their customer service is quite helpful too. You might just want to give them a call and find out what they recommend. Their sharpening service is top notch too.

A thin kerf helps for harder wood, but if you have the HP, I'd stick with 1/8" as they do not vibrate and tend to leave a smoother cut.
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#374069 - 04/23/12 04:27 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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I believe the blade lubes are a wax based lubricant, supposed to help prevent binding/clogging....I don't know what to expect when I start cutting this hardwood having never cut anything harder than oak before. Probably a good idea to contact the blade manufacturers, as you say.
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#374071 - 04/23/12 04:42 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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Adrian. Have you talked to the folks at Lee Valley? Generally I have found their advice to be spot on.
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#374092 - 04/23/12 09:30 PM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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Forrest blades are excellent but pricey. Whatever you use is probably going to get dull fairly quickly. I'd try a decent Freud thin kerf blade on the table saw. Don't force the material, move it at a steady pace that doesn't bog the saw down.

Thin kerfs don't work nearly as well for crosscutting, so you might want to go with a Forrest blade for the miter saw.

Make sure both saws are all tuned up and cutting properly. If they're not, the blades will have to work a lot harder and get dull much faster.
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#374109 - 04/24/12 12:45 AM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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like joe said, Freud blades are quite good.

This is the blade that i have on my compound miter saw.. It cuts very clean and has stayed sharp for quite some time. I primarily cut pine though.

I though about getting a Forrest, but the freud blade was about 1/2 the price and had just as good reviews on amazon..

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-LU91R012-12-...2454&sr=8-7

I have never used and blade lube, and none of the carpenters that i have ever talked to have said anything about using blade lube either.

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#374121 - 04/24/12 09:41 AM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: dakkon]
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I'm with everyone here. Forrest are tops, but about $110 ea. (US).

To save some $$, bring the Freud blades you have been using to be sharpened and get a new set of Freuds. Don't buy the $39 home center Freud blades. The good ones are about $60. I don't know if they still make Avanti Ice, but those were really great for the price.

If you DO spend the Forrest $$, remember, the better the blade the more easily (and more times) it can be sharpened with excellent results.

I always thought that sharpening metal stuff was a popular Canadian hobby, no?
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#374130 - 04/24/12 11:59 AM Re: Woodworking Question [Re: Adrian]
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If you are referring to hockey skates, yup. It's both an industry and an art form.
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