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Guide to Woodworking Circular Saw Blades

Woodworking saw blades are round circular saw blades that are designed to cut various types of wood, including lumber, plywood, softwood, hardwood, panels and laminates. They can be used in various applications, depending on the type of wood you are cutting and the kind of task you are performing. Blades come in a variety of sizes and can be made of various materials to accommodate different uses.

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Types of Blades

 

Plywood Blade
plywood blade


For cutting plywood. Has numerous fine teeth for a better, cleaner cut. Shop Plywood Blades

 

Ripping Blade
ripping blade


For cutting parallel to the wood grain. Has fewer teeth and a large gullet. Shop Ripping Blades

 

Crosscutting Blade
crosscutting blade

 

For cutting across the wood grain. Has more teeth and a small gullet for smoother cuts. Shop Crosscutting Blades

 

Combination Blade (All-Purpose Blade)
all purpose blade


For cutting across or parallel to the wood grain. Great for all-purpose wood cutting. If you need a blade for general use, this is the best blade for you as it can be used for a majority of woodworking applications. Shop Combination/All-Purpose Blades

 

Fine-Tooth Finish Blade
fine tooth finish blade


For making extra smooth cuts. Shop Fine-Tooth Finish Blades

 

Hollow Ground Blade
hollow ground blade

 

For making smooth cuts across the wood grain. Shop Hollow Ground Blades

 

Dado Blade
dado blade

 

For making grooves, dadoes and rabbet cuts in lumber. Shop Dado Blades

 

Thin Kerf Blade
thin kerf blade

 

For cutting dimensional lumber. Shop Thin Kerf Blades

 

Finish/Paneling Blade
finish/paneling blade

 

For cutting paneling, veneer, plywood, laminates and plastics. Shop Finish/Paneling Blades

 

It’s important to remember that each blade type is designed to make certain types of cuts for a reason. They are engineered specifically for that particular cut and may not work well to make other kinds of cuts in other types of material. For instance, a crosscutting blade shouldn’t be used to make rip cuts. It can be unsafe to use the incorrect blade for certain tasks, as the blade teeth and thickness may not be sufficient to cut certain materials and could cause problems during the cut. Always use the appropriate blade for each type of material.


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Top Picks

Dewalt DW7657

 

The DEWALT® 10" 40 Teeth General Purpose Woodworking Saw Blade is quality made and carefully designed to take on a variety of woodworking applications. It features large, precision-ground C4 micro-grain carbide teeth with fine-grit diamond wheels so each tooth plane the wood for an exceptionally smooth finish. Works with circular saws. Shop the DEWALT® 10" 40 Teeth General Purpose Woodworking Saw Blade

freud D0724X

 

Try the Freud Diablo 7-1/4" x 24 Tooth ATB Carbide Framing Saw Blade with Diamond Knockout Arbor for a blade that's tough enough to take on heavy duty construction and remodeling projects. Equipped with a thin kerf and PermaShield coating to prolong blade life, its laser-cut stabilizer vents reduce noise, vibration and heat build-up, allowing for more precise cuts. Works with portable and low-powered circular saws. Shop the Freud Diablo 7-1/4" x 24 Tooth ATB Carbide Framing Saw Blade with Diamond Knockout Arbor.

freud D0740X

 

Count on Freud's 7-1/4" x 40 Tooth ATB Finishing Saw Blade with Diamond Knockout and PermaShield Coating for lasting performance on construction and remodeling projects. This advanced laser-cut blade has a thin kerf, making it an ideal pick for portable and low powered saws. In addtions, the PermaShield Coating helps prevent gumming and corrosion, prolonging blade life and enhancing performance. Works with portable and low-powered circular saws. Shop the 7-1/4" x 40 Tooth ATB Finishing Saw Blade with Diamond Knockout and PermaShield Coating

bosch PRO1040GP

 

Opt for the Bosch 10" x 40 TIP General Purpose Woodworking Blade for a quality, all-purpose blade. Designed to produce clean cuts in a variety of operations, it's ideal for ripping or crosscutting soft and hard woods, along with wood products. Works with circular saws. Shop the Bosch 10" x 40 TIP General Purpose Woodworking Blade

bosch PRO1080CHB

 

Bosch's 10" x 80 TPI Chipboard/OSB Woodworking Blade is designed to last. It's capable of fast sizing of chipboard/OSB sheets and stacked sheets. It's also useful for cutting laminates, plastics, PVC, acrylics, polyurethane and similar synthetics. Works with circular saws. Shop the Bosch 10" x 80 TPI Chipboard/OSB Woodworking 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. Thinner kerf blades require less work from your motor since they cut less wood. If your saw doesn’t pack a large amount of power, thinner kerf blades are the best choice. However, thin kerf blades tend to cut rougher edges than thicker kerf blades.

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. Some blades have only 24 teeth while others can contain up to 60 to 80 teeth.

There are five types of teeth:

    Flat Top: Used in ripping hard and soft woods

    Alternate Top Bevel: The teeth alternate between a right-handed and left-handed bevel. Perfect for smooth cuts during crosscutting of natural woods and veneered plywood

    Combination Tooth: Perfect for both crosscutting and ripping

    Triple Chip Grind: Cuts laminates, plastics, MDF and non-ferrous metal

    High Alternate Top Bevel: Used for extra-fine crosscutting

Gullet: The curved area between two saw teeth. Serves as an area for chip removal while you are cutting. Ripping blades tend to have deeper gullets to accommodate the bigger chips that are produced while cutting. Crosscutting blades have a smaller gullet because they produce smaller and fewer chips.

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.

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

    Zero Degree Hook Angle: Saw teeth are in line with the center of the blade

Crosscutting: Horizontal cut made in lumber.

Rip Cut: A cut that is parallel to the wood grain.

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Before You Buy Header

 

There are several things to consider before buying a woodworking circular saw blade. Always consider the diameter needed, the kerf, and the arbor size. The type of wood is also important (see the types of blades list above). Also think about if you want any sort of coating on your blade. Many blades are coated to prevent corrosion and wear while maximizing blade performance.

 


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FAQ

Are coated blades worth the extra money?
It depends. Do you care about what the wood looks like after cutting it? Many times, blades can leave burn marks if they are too hot and overheat while they are used to cut. If you want to avoid burn marks or you are concerned with the appearance of the wood, spend the extra money on a coated blade. The coating helps reduce friction and heat, which means the blade is less likely to leave burn marks on the wood. If not, stick with a regular blade without coating.

What kind of saw blade should I use?
It depends on the application. If you are making rough cuts, opt for a ripping blade. If you want a more precise, finer cut, go for a crosscutting blade. If you need a blade for various cutting applications, go for a combination blade. Also, there are blades designed for cutting certain types of wood, like plywood (plywood blade), lumber (dado blade), dimensional lumber (thin kerf blade).

I have more questions!
We'd love to help. Give us a call at 866-597-3850 (Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm CDT). Or email us at sales@toolbarn.com.


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