Blade Storage

I was initially thinking of titling this entry “Blade Care”, but I’m aware that this is not the best way to protect the blades, so will keep that title for the refined solution!

Blades should be stored vertically, and since the inaugural “Battle of the Blades“, I’ve had them sitting in their boxes on a shelf, which is not only less than ideal as far as blade care is concerned, it also makes accessing the blade that you want somewhat frustrating.  I was looking around the workshop, looking for some wall space for tool storage, and happened upon the cupboard doors.  They can only take a moderate load, so were not suited for the tools I wanted to relocate, but it dawned on me that the doors were not a bad solution for hanging blades.  So that’s what I did.

Blade Storage

On the left are 4 CMT blades from Carbatec – from top to bottom there is a thin-kerf combo, a rip, combo and crosscut. Below that is the extremely mean looking Linbide Rip, and at the bottom is an old Triton sanding disk (that mounts on the saw) that I used to fill the final gap.

On the right are 4 Freud blades from Woodworking Warehouse – from top to botton there is the Freud Industrial (still my favourite blade), followed by a rip, combo and crosscut Freud Pro.  Below that is the Linbide Combo (the blade most likely found on my tablesaw), and the Linbide 100 tooth crosscut.

Episode 32 Battle of the Blades

Freud LP60M 001

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Freud LP60M 001, 80 tooth crosscut blade.

Freud LP30M

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Freud LP30M, 40 tooth combination blade.

A Freudian Slip?

There has been some discussion around woodworking circles about the availability of Freud blades (and router bits etc), as one of the importers have decided to not bring them into Australia any longer.

However, as I have discovered, despite it being reported that ‘the’ importer has stopped importing, they were not the sole importer, and the blades are still readily available through the Woodman Group, which includes one of my typical haunts in Melbourne (who kindly supplied the Freuds I have been testing in the Battle of the Blades) – The Woodworking Warehouse.

So, for example, the blade that has really impressed me to date (being the Freud LU2B 0700 Crosscut Blade)

is still being imported and sold in Australia.

Freud Pro LP20M 25 Blade Review

Freud Rip

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Freud Pro LP20M 25, 24 tooth ripping blade with Perma-Shield.

Freud LU2B 0700 Crosscut Blade Review

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Freud LU2B 0700 60 tooth crosscut blade

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