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How to choose a saw blade?

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Determining which saw blade is right for your needs can be overwhelming. Read on to learn about the factors to consider before making a purchase. We hope you find this article helpful.


This passage is going to talk about the followings of saw blades:

1) Type of work

2) Selecting blade kerf

3) Blade Length

4) Blade tooth configuration


1) Type of work

Most DIYers can use a single combination blade for all their project needs. The combination blade can cut both longitudinally and crosswise on standard lumber while keeping the edges clean enough for most projects. Combination blades also reduce the additional cost of purchasing multiple blades and save time by eliminating the need to switch blades between cuts.

Rip, crosscut and wainscoting blades provide more specialized cuts and are a must-have for many woodworking projects such as furniture, cabinetry and built-in inserts. For jobs that involve a lot of ripping, purchase rip blades that will save time and effort while still leaving a clean edge for joining blocks. Rip-cutting blades are also ideal for cutting hardwoods, as they can cut this harder material without wearing out the blade.

Keep a crosscut blade handy for ultra-smooth woodworking cuts. The crosscut blade provides the cleanest cutting edge, making it ideal for woodworking projects that require precise cuts. Wainscoting blades are a must for shelving, furniture and cabinetry projects that require recesses.


2) Selecting blade kerf

The kerf is the thickness of the blade. The higher the kerf, the more material is removed with each cut. A full kerf blade is 1/8 inch thick. Thicker kerf blades resist bending as they pass through the wood; however, they require more power from the saw to work effectively. Most table saws can handle a standard 1/8-inch blade. If your table saw is equipped with less than 3 horsepower, consider using a thinner kerf blade. Thin kerf blades require less power, are more accurate and produce less waste per cut, but are more likely to warp when cutting wood.


3) Blade Length

Blade size does affect performance. A smaller blade on a saw with the same power will spin faster, resulting in a smoother cut. Determining the length is also a necessary step.


4) Blade tooth configuration

The configuration of a saw blade's teeth affects the way the blade cuts wood. Flat-top blades are more effective at cutting wood. These blades cut the material into large pieces, therefore increasing the speed of the cut. Because they also leave jagged edges, these blades are a good choice for cleavage cuts.

Cross-cut blades have alternating directional bevels, resulting in a smoother cut for finishing woodworkers.


Combination blades use a hybrid method that mixes flat top teeth with alternating bevel teeth. This allows the blade to make crosscut and rip cuts, but still maintain a relatively smooth edge.


In addition to these standard configurations, specialized blades are available for cutting a variety of other materials, including metal, masonry and wood laminates.

You can consult us for more information about saw blades. Our professional and experienced expert staff can help you choose the best saw blade for your project. You can contact us if you need us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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