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Guide to Metal Circular Saw Blades

Metal cutting saw blades are designed to cut through metal and steel material. They can be used in various applications, such as cutting steel, metal sheets and pipe. Blades come in a variety of sizes and are made of heavy duty materials like carbide and steel.

Top Picks ¦  Glossary  ¦  Before You Buy  ¦  FAQ  ¦  Shop Metal Circular Saw Blades


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Abrasive Blade
abrasive saw blade

 

For cutting steel and metal materials, like plates, tubes and bars. Made of abrasive material, such as fiberglass, for strength and durability. Shop Abrasive Blades

 

Metal Cutting Blade
metal cutting saw blade

 

For cutting metal sheets and pipes. Has smaller teeth that are separated by slots. Works best for cutting thin sheets of mild steel up to 1/8" or 11 gauge. Shop Metal Cutting Blades

It's important to remember that each blade type is designed to make certain types of cuts, and may not work well to make other kinds of cuts in different materials. It can be unsafe to use a blade for an incorrect task, as the blade teeth and thickness may not be sufficient to cut certain materials and could cause problems, like warping of material or blade damage. Always use the appropriate blade for each type of material.


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Top Picks

milwaukee 48-40-4515

 

Milwaukee's 8" Cermet Tipped Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade gives you high quality design and durability. Cermet, similar to a coated carbide except the coating is through the carbide tip, offers longer tool life and more wear resistance. It's capable of cutting a variety of ferrous materials 3/32" and thicker, including pipe, angle iron, steel studs and conduit. Works with circular saws. Shop the Milwaukee 8" 42 Tooth Cermet Tipped General Purpose Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade

 

milwaukee 6370-21


Make faster, cleaner cuts using the Milwaukee 8" Metal Saw Cutting Kit. The blade is premium cremet-tipped, making it more effective than other carbide-tipped or friction blades. Its 2-9/16" cutting depth lets it make efficient one-pass cuts. Includes saw. Shop the Milwaukee 8" Metal Saw Cutting Kit

milwaukee 48-40-4016

Milwaukee's 6-7/8" Carbide Ferrous Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade is capable of cutting 2" pipe in a single pass. Its impressive carbide teeth offer longer tool life. It cuts cooler than other abrasive blades, and produces smooth, burr-free edges. Shop the Milwaukee 6-7/8" 36 Carbide Tooth Ferrous Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade

milwaukee 48-40-4520

With the 8" 50 Tooth Cermet Tipped Thin Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade from Milwaukee, you'll be able to cut a variety of metal material. Engineered to cut a variety of ferrous materials 3/32" and thinner along with aluminum, it's made of hardened steel to prevent warping. Its design boasts vibration dampening to reduce noise, heat and sparks for a smooth, clean cut. Shop the Milwaukee 8" 50 Tooth Cermet Tipped Thin Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade

dewalt DW7747

Count on the DEWALT® 14" 70 Tooth 1" Arbor Saw Blade for Metal Cutting to saw through metal materials. This blade features carbide coating for impressive cutting performance. Its tri-foil braze absorbs stress, making the tips stronger, while the expansion slots dissipate heat, extending blade life. Shop the DEWALT® 14" 70 Tooth 1" Arbor Saw Blade

sait 23450

Achieve square, burr-free cutting with the Sait 14" x 1/8" x 1" General Purpose Metal Cutting Saw Blade. It's externally reinforced with the highest quality fiberglass to withstand the toughest applications, including cutting steel, angle iron and rebar. Plus, its aluminum oxide grain facilitates consistent performance and a long product life. Shop the Sait 14" x 1/8" x 1" General Purpose Metal Cutting Saw Blade

milwaukee 48-40-4015

Milwaukee's 6-1/2" 48 Carbide Tooth Ferrous Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade has laser cut, resin-filled expansion slots for sound and vibration dampening, which reduces blade noise when it slices. It produces smooth, burr-free edges and can cut 2" pipe in one pass. Shop the Milwaukee 6-1/2" 48 Carbide Tooth Ferrous Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade

 

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Glossary

Kerf: How thick a blade is. The thicker the blade is, the longer it lasts and the more it can be resharpened. Blades with a thin kerf tend to be sharper and cut faster.

Teeth: The sharp points on the blade. The more teeth a blade has, the cleaner the cut. Fewer teeth make for a rougher cut. The number of teeth depends on the blade.

Gullet: The curved area between two saw teeth. The gullet serves as an area for chip removal while you are cutting.

Expansion Slot: A grooved area of the blade (typically on larger blades) designed to create an avenue for built-up heat on the blade.

Shoulder: The part of the blade behind the teeth that provides added support to the teeth.

Cermet: Heat-resistant, composite material made from ceramic and metal.

Hook Tooth/Rake: Angle of the saw tooth in relation to the center of the blade. Blades can have a negative, positive or zero degree hook angle:

    Negative Hook Angle: Saw teeth tip away from the direction of the blade rotation. Blades with a negative hook angle slow the feed rate during the cut

    Positive Hook Angle: Saw teeth tip toward the direction of the blade rotation. Blades with a high positive hook angle cut aggressively and have a fast feed rate


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Before You Buy Header

There are several things to consider before buying a metal cutting saw blade. Pay attention to the diameter, kerf and arbor size. For instance, it's important to make sure that you have the correct blade diameter for the type of saw you are using. Each blade is designed for a specific use, so using a blade that's too small for the saw you have could cause kickback cut or even damage the saw. The type of material you are cutting is also important (see the types of blades list above). Also think about if you need a blade with coating. Many blades are coated to prevent corrosion and wear while maximizing blade performance. Coated blades can cost more, so think about whether you truly need a coated one. If you do, it will likely last longer than uncoated ones. But if you just need a regular saw blade for standard cutting, uncoated ones work fine.


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FAQ

What kind of saw blade should I use?
It depends on the application. If you are cutting metal sheets or pipe, use a general metal cutting blade. General metal cutting blades have smaller teeth separated by slots. This design allows them to cut thin metal sheets and mild steel. If you are cutting heavier duty types of steel and metal materials, like bars, plates and tubes, an abrasive blade is the way to go. They are made of durable material, like fiberglass, which makes them strong enough to withstand tough conditions.

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