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Freud Blade Stabilizer issues

I have a delta left tilt contractors saw and wasn't unhappy with the slight blade marks left on everything I ripped, but knew it could be better. I replaced the v-belt with the link belts, and bought freud blade stabilizers.

The only problem is that the shaft has the stock blade stabilizer attached. I use a zero clearance insert and if I used both the freud stabilizers and the one attached I'd ruin the insert right? I put one stabilizer on the outside of the blade and it seems to run fine and cuts better, but does anyone see any problems with running only 1 stabilizer?

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I have an older version of the same saw and I do the same thing. I have a single forrest stabilizer on mine (cuz I lost the other one). I just take it off if I have to make a deep cut.
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I think the Freud set is sold as a set and constructed to be used as a set, whereas the Forrest stabilizer is a single stiffener....not certain though, and dunno what the downside of not following that pattern is.

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I think the Freud set is sold as a set and constructed to be used as a set, whereas the Forrest stabilizer is a single stiffener....not certain though, and dunno what the downside of not following that pattern is.
I experienced the same issue with the freud stabilizer set. Could not use both of them. I used just one on the outside of the blade (right side in your picture) and I have had no problems at all. I only use it on thin kerf blades and truly I can't notice a huge difference. But I have not had any trouble.
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KC,

Freud Stabilizers are intended to be run in pairs. We also offer Stiffeners which are used singly on the outside of the blade so would not alter the position of the blade on the arbor. Frankly, if the blade is of high quality and the saw is reasonably well made and both are in good condition, neither stabilizers nor stiffeners should be necessary.
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Charles! I take it you work for Freud? Funny you mention blade quality because I'm running a thin kerf freud combo blade for most operations. I need to send it out to be sharpened, but do you think the link belt made it cut better alone? If the blade stabilizer is just a placebo then I'll take them back and use the money for a freud glue line rip blade .

I'm just kidding. If one stabilizer is how Tom and Mike rock & roll I'll follow their lead. Plus, I do notice a slight difference. Thanks for your replies everyone!

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KC,

Yes, I do work for Freud. I don't think the link belt would help with what you describe. It's more likely either alignment of the saw or runout. I suggest that you check both and correct as necessary. As I said, the stabilizers are not intended to be used singly and doing so has been known to cause damage to the blade. If using it has somehow improved the cut you could have an issue with the inner flange of the arbor.
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