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I'm having trouble determining this by looking on their website or on the website where I ordered. Amazon does not have any blade information & neither does Jet.

I already have my forrest woodworker II that I need to send in for resharpening, but I want to have a blade handy when my saw comes on Friday.

I might just order the Freud glue line ripping blade for $55 from Amazon, has to be better than any stock blade anyway & I will always have a good blade when the other needs sharpening.

Now the question is, is the Freud good enough for the money, & should I get thin kerf? reviewers on Amazon seem to like the thin kerf very well, but I don't know if it will be as quiet and stable. And i will be cutting up to 8/4 hard woods.

thanks for any input.
 

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I doubt the Jet comes with a blade but am not certain. If it does, odds are good that's a mediocre blade.

The Freud GLR will do what it claims, but it's wise to be aware of what it'll do and won't do. It'll rip a fairly clean edge in stock to ~ 1" thick, but isn't designed to cut stock thicker than that efficiently, and the full kerf will work against you beyond that thickness. It also won't crosscut too well. Most good 40T or 50T general purpose/combo blades will rip just as cleanly, will handle slightly thicker materials, plus will crosscut much better. So the GLR is a good choice for dedicated ripping in moderately thick materials, but if you want a blade for a wider range, this isn't it.

If you're just looking for a decent all purpose blade as a backup to your WWII, there are lots of inexpensive choices, and plenty of more expensive choices. The LU86R010 40T TK is a great bargain and a good blade in it's own right....~ $31.50 shipped from Amazon. The Tenryu RS25540 mid-kerf is about the same price from Holbren. If you want a blade that'll cut a bit cleaner than your WWII, try the LU88...excellent crosscuts, and very clean rips to ~ 6/4"....~ $40.50 shipped from Amazon. If you'd like a blade that'll handle some thicker stock, the WWII 30T is really slick...it'll glide through stock with the ease of a good 24T ripper but will cut nearly as cleanly as the 40T WWII....it's closer to ~ $80. The Infinity Combomax Lite is top notch 50T combo blade at ~ $65.

Blade choice is always a matter of opinion, but that's my 2 cents...

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Thanks for all the info, that's great. Specifically what I want is a blade to substitute for a jointer (since I don't have one) to edge join 3/4-1" material. Since I already have a good all purpose blade I don't plan to use the GLR except just for that & when the WWII is being sharpened. And I do most of my cross cuts on a sliding miter w/ a very nice freud cross cut blade (can't remember which).

Does that change your recs any?
 

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Thanks for all the info, that's great. Specifically what I want is a blade to substitute for a jointer (since I don't have one) to edge join 3/4-1" material. Since I already have a good all purpose blade I don't plan to use the GLR except just for that & when the WWII is being sharpened. And I do most of my cross cuts on a sliding miter w/ a very nice freud cross cut blade (can't remember which).

Does that change your recs any?
...sounds like the GLR fits the bill! :thumbsup:
 
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