How to Choose the Right Saw Blades

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How to Choose the Right Saw Blades

When it comes to cutting tools, saw blades are one of the first choices that come to mind. To determine what kind of saw blade you need for a specific project, consider a few things, including the type, size, teeth number, and materials. By reading more about different types of saw blades and their uses, you will be able to make the correct choice for your project.

 

Knowing the Types of Saw Blades

The type of saw blade you need largely depends on the kind of project you intend to complete. If you have a reciprocating saw, you would need reciprocating saw blades that move back and forth. These blades are suitable for cutting into tight areas that are difficult to reach. Reciprocating saw blades can cut through wood, metal, drywall, and more. For tiling work, you may need a circular saw blade that can cut through metal, masonry, and wood; however, these blades are not suitable for precision cuts or tight spaces. The cut of the blade is another important factor to consider. Fine cut blades are suitable for plywood, laminated chipboards, wood core plywood, and parquet. Coarse cut blades are ideal for cutting into hardwood, softwood, and boards. Finally, very coarse cut blades are a good choice for hard materials, including metal and masonry.

 

Choosing a Saw Blade in the Correct Size and Thickness

Consider two things when choosing the size of the saw blade: the kerf and the length or diameter. The kerf refers to the thickness of the blade, whereas the length or diameter is the actual measure of how large a blade is. Thinner blades with a low kerf are sharper and faster, whereas thicker blades are more durable and can cut through metal.

 

Considering the Saw Blade Teeth Number

The type of teeth and number of blades are other factors to consider when deciding how to choose a saw blade. If you need to make larger cuts, you should choose blades with fewer teeth. As for the type of teeth, you can choose from flat top teeth for ripping wood, top bevel teeth, and combination teeth, which are suitable for ripping and cross-cutting.

 

Picking the Saw Blade Materials

The most common type of saw blades are steel blades. Other types include carbide or diamond-tipped blades. Steel blades are inexpensive, work with most types of saws, but they tend to dull quickly. Carbide-tipped blades come with a higher price tag and are very durable. Finally, blades finished with industrial diamonds are a good option for ceramic tiling or masonry tiling. You can often use them with circular saws and handheld grinders.

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