Saw Blades

Sharpen your skills with a new saw blade

If you want to maintain your saw and make the most efficient use of your tools and time, then it's important that you pick the right saw blade for the job. First, make sure whatever blade you use is sharp enough to cleanly slice through whatever material you're working with. Second, take a look at the types of saw blades and determine which one will work best. Saw blades come in all shapes and sizes, including circular saw blades, diamond saw blades and band saw blades. Knowing which ones fit which tool is important to keeping yourself safe and sane while working.

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Circular Saw Blade

The first thing you need to do when shopping for a circular saw blade is to check the blade itself to make sure the manufacturer's recommended usage matches the job you have in mind. Most reputable manufacturers will give you some idea of whether or not you're on the right track. For instance, a crosscut blade is typically used to cut across the grain of wood. It's best used to ensure that construction wood is sliced with minimal splintering, resulting in a high-quality cut.

By contrast, a rip blade (most often used as a table saw blade) is shaped much differently, and is designed to cut with the wood grain where less resistance is to be encountered. This blade is optimized for reducing sawdust and increasing the speed of each cut.

Band Saw Blade

There's quite a bit of difference between band saw blades. Most blades used in home shops range from an eighth of an inch to one inch wide, meaning you'll want to make sure you have the right size for your saw. Narrow blades are typically used to cut small, nimble radius curves; they give you the most maneuverability. By contrast, a wider blade is meant to quickly and efficiently slice straight cuts through slabs of wood.

Chain Saw Blade

Knowing when to replace a chain saw blade (or chain saw chain) is critical in maintaining your chain saw's motor and other parts. Failing to recognize when a chain is worn out can lead to the premature wear of the bar, sprocket and motor, and can lead to the tool cutting slowly and unevenly. Chain saw owners should consult their manual to determine which size and type of blade is appropriate for their model.