Forrest - 10-in. Combination Tablesaw Blade Woodworker II WW10407125The Forrest Woodworker II is designed for ripping and crosscutting a variety of materials. It features carbide-tipped teeth and is available in a variety of sizes and styles.
As anyone in the market for a combination blade, also called a general-purpose blade, knows, there’s no shortage of choices, even in the upper price range. Curious to know whether any of these blue bloods stood out, I decided to test 14 top-of-the-line 10-in. combination saw blades for smoothness of cut.
With each new blade, I ripped and crosscut a 3/4-in.-thick maple board to produce a 2-in.-square sample. After that, the ripped and crosscut edges on each sample were checked for smoothness on a high-tech machine called a surface and roughness profiling system, which can measure very small surface deviations. Then, based on the machine measurements, the smoothness of each rip and crosscut was rated as excellent, very good, good, or fair.
The Forrest Woodworker II blade was the clear winner, scoring an excellent in both the rip cut and the crosscut. At $119, it’s one of the pricier models, but the test suggests that it’s money well spent.
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