FreudFreud LM75R010 10-Inch by 30t TCG 5/8-Inch Arbor Glue Line Rip Saw Blade
I have used nothing but Forrest blades for many years, but, having been given a job that will require a lot of ripping on 8/4, 6/4, and 4/4 very dry Red Oak, I decided to try out this blade. Other reviews and a recent article in a magazine gave me some comfort, but I remained skeptical. Forrest is a tough act to follow.
Having now ripped all of the 8/4 RO, I can easily reccomend this blade. The cut is not quite as smooth as a Forrest, but is easily acceptable. There is no burning or marking, and I suspect that I will be able to glue up tops right from the saw without having to run the boards through a jointer.
The blade is almost half price of the Forrest, the plate is .0050 thinner, but the carbide is the same width . The carbide tip is considerably smaller, so the blade will not give the number of sharpenings of the Forrest, therefore, over the long haul, the money will probably be similar.
I will continue to use the Forrest blade as my "go to" blade because I don't have to switch it out between ripping and crosscutting, but for a big rippping job, this blade just makes sense.