In August at the IWF show in Atlanta, Freud will introduce a 90-tooth saw blade with a new tooth grind that will produce almost glass-smooth crosscuts. I got to see the blade and look it over at the end of a tour of Freud’s carbide production and blade manufacturing facilities in Udine (OO-din-ay) in northeast Italy, where the company was founded. More about the plants in a moment, but first here’s the scoop on the new blade.
Designed for smooth, clean cuts in trimwork and sheetgoods, the blade debuts Freud’s alternate shear face grind. In a nutshell, Read more
Encouraging news for woodworkers from Opening Day at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta: Many manufacturers of tools and woodworking accessories debut new products. In spite of the tough economy that’s dogged the last couple of years, I saw countless new products, an encouraging sign that not everyone hunkered down during the recession and cut spending to the bone. Here’s a few of the best and brightest:
• I told you two months ago about DeWalt’s new line of 12-volt lithium-ion cordless drills and drivers. They’ll be available this fall. But today DeWalt and Porter-Cable launched new “compact router kits” that are essentially trim routers with fixed and plunge bases. I got a behind-the-scenes look at these routers at DeWalt’s headquarters in June, but could not discuss them publicly due to confidentiality agreements. Well, now they’re public. The two kits are similar. Both include a 1-1/4 hp trim router motor, fixed base, and plunge base. But DeWalt’s motor has a variable-speed motor and LED lights around the collet; Porter-Cable’s motor is a single-speed motor and does not have the lights. The DeWalt kit will sell for $199 and the Porter-Cable for $189.
Freud has launched several new saw blades for woodworking, further increasing its arsenal of fine woodworking cutting tools. First is a new thin-kerf version of Freud’s acclaimed Premier Fusion 40-tooth general-purpose blade—one of the Top Tool blades in WOOD magazine’s review of 40-tooth blades in 2008. This new model, #P140T, features the same tooth design of the full-kerf blade—30° alternate-top teeth bevels, 18° hook angle, and double-side grind—but with a kerf thickness of only .091”, as well as the red Perma-Shield coating on the body.