The folks with the bright red blades have also been busy in the last year. For more traditional work, Freud rolled out new dado sets and thin-kerf blades in 2010, plus something a little out of the ordinary.
Woodworkers are well familiar with Freud’s dado sets in smaller sizes, but Freud’s new 10" and 12" sets — part of the company’s “Super Dado” series — promise higher capacity work with smooth results, featuring teeth with a negative hook that treats delicate and chip prone materials gently. Each set includes a half-dozen fourwing chipper blades (one of which is 3/32"), plus a set of shims. In 2011, the 10" set has 32 teeth on each of the outer blades and sold for $299, while the blades in the 12" set sport 26 teeth and went for $329. Both sets have a 1" arbor.
Freud’s new Thin-Kerf Premium Fusion blade, like its full-kerf cousin, features high-ATB teeth set at a steep 30° hook. The teeth are double side-ground for a smooth cut — essentially, the tooth sides are ground twice to create a faceted effect that polishes the cut surface as it spins. A nonstick coating completes the 40-tooth blade, which sold for about $80 in 2011.
Finally, Freud has embraced the appearance of a number of “track saws” over the last few years to offer blades specifically for these machines. These thin-kerf 160mm diameter blades (a bit more than 6") come in four versions: 48-tooth melamine/plywood, 48-tooth laminate flooring, 28-tooth general purpose, and 14-tooth ripping. Anti-vibration slots and a nonstick coating round out the blades in this series. Depending on style, the blades sell from $40 to $70 as of 2011.