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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:35 pm 
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The day did not start out well, knocked my Forrest WWII off the bench and on the concrete floor. The best I can tell it chipped two teeth. I have sent a blade to Forrest before for sharpening with no problems but I wonder if any of you have had tips replaced by them. I am a little leery but the total cost to sharpen and replace two tips is about half the price of a new one. Comments?


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Hey hebertoo,

I can't speak to Forrest's repairs, but our local saw shop has done multiple repairs to blades of mine with satisfactory results. There does come a time however, when it's best to just bite the bullet and buy new. In my case it was after the third repair, and multiple tooth replacements.

If a tooth needs replacing, it means that the brazing needs to be melted off, and a new tooth brazed on. All that heating and cooling means that the disk has to be re flattened (usually by hand) and stress relieved. Then the whole blade needs re grinding. You can see where the cost adds up.

Forrest has a good reputation, so personally, I would give them the chance to save you a few bucks.

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I'm with Tom on this one. Replacing 1 or 2 teeth is not a big deal and will be cheaper than a new Forest blade. They usually need to be balanced after a tip change but that is part of the service.

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I had a few chipped blade teeth replaced by Forrest on my Forrest blades.

When the blades returned and I cut with them, I was at a loss to tell if any of the teeth were replaced. The quality of the cut was the same as before the teeth were damaged by "perator error."

If I chipped another tooth/teeth on any of my blades, I would not hesitate about returning the blade(s) to Forrest for repair and sharpeninmg.


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Thanks guys, I think I will give them a try. :-D


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If you go online to Forrest Blades you will see that replacing teeth is done al the time. My feeling is that I would not let anyone but Forrest touch my blades. They cost too much to let anyone else do it.


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Where do the "lost teeth" go? Flying off at warp factor nine?

I once broke a tooth and a part of the blade off doing a stupid thing, luckily it flew out the bottom of the saw (Contractor type saw)

Never had just a tooth come off!

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Some fifteen years ago I think 1/3 of a blades tips broke off while a friend was cutting a door he found out there were screws hidden in the door . they had broken heads so a wise crafty craftsman. (all of us) moved the hinges up or down accordingly.

He kept saying I am so blessed I am so blessed I am so blessed he was not hit my one of them.

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The Forrest website has a form to print and send with the blade and it has the option to fix broken teeth (and the price is given). I sent my WWII in for re-sharpining and they fixed 2 teeth. Very reasonable price and excellent job. Cuts like new.
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Hebertoo,

Always yes always take it to a saw shop that (knows).Well thats what I do here.Over the years you get to know who is who in the business so to speak.

Retiping is done on a special machine as positioning is crucial.Its not worth considering another option for safety reason.

A good blade like a thick kerf I would not hesitate .Its fairly reasonably priced here.

Hope they see you right .


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I sent the blade off today, the big bummer was the UPS shipping fee of over $16 and that is for 5 day ground shipping. WOW, I had no idea they had gone up that much.


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hebertoo wrote:
I sent the blade off today, the big bummer was the UPS shipping fee of over $16 and that is for 5 day ground shipping. WOW, I had no idea they had gone up that much.


I feel your pain! UPS is getting to be a very expensive way to ship anything. When I was in business, I did alot of shipping of tools. In the '80s a 40 lb box would ship for $12.00 or so and by the '00s it would cost $40.00 for the same size box.
I have found that the US post office can be some cheaper for something the size of a saw blade but, that is no "gift" either.

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 Post subject: Shipping cost
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I have been using the USPS "flat rate" boxes to send care packages to my son in the sandbox. They (post office) supply the box. There are 3 different sizes and biggest is $11.95 to Iraq, 20 Lb. limit but for the troops they look the other way on that !
Check the USPS web site for details.

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