Saw Teeth: How To Choose The Right Saw Blade

Changing the saw blades on time is necessary for ensuring that your tool cuts correctly without damaging the workpiece, and it minimizes the danger of injury to the user. If you’re shopping for replacement blades for your saws, you’ll need to think about the kind of saw you have and the sorts of cutting jobs and applications that it will be used for. Do you intend to utilize saw teeth for ripping or crosscutting?

Continue reading this article to find out about saw teeth and how can you choose one before buying!

What Are Saw Teeth?

The teeth on a saw blade are designed to cut through materials by removing small pieces of the material as it is moved forward. They do their work even if they aren’t aligned like those on a handsaw, but make sure you choose blades with closely spaced teeth for crosscut and coarse-tooth blades for rips; otherwise, your saw will not cut correctly.

What Type Of Saw Blades Are There?

Parallel grind

The “teeth” of a parallel-ground blade are ground to an angle of around 20 degrees so that the thickness of the blade remains the same along its entire length. If you need a smooth, ultra-clean cut, multiple ATB teeth alternate with comparatively larger gullets to remove sawdust without interfering with the cutting action.

Hook tooth

These blades are used on a table saw, miter saw, or radial-arm saw to make cuts with the grain. The hook angle on this type of blade is increased so that it can push the wood up and out without chipping or splintering when it leaves the cut.

Raker tooth

A raker tooth has fewer teeth than an ATB blade but they’re set to the same angle. That means that there are large spaces between each raker to remove sawdust quickly. These are designed for cutting end grain or short cuts on a table saw, miter saw, or radial-arm saw.

What You’ll Want To Evaluate When Choosing The Right Saw Blade

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1.    The number of teeth on the blade: Blades with more teeth do a much better job at cutting and reducing your materials to pieces, but they will also cost you more money;

2.    The pitch of the blade: The pitch is the measurement between each group of two consecutive teeth; for example, a 10-inch blade with 8–10 inches per inch (PI) has 5.5 teeth in every PI. A larger pitch allows you to cut through dense materials more easily;

3.    The shape of the tooth: The most common tooth shape is the “ATB” which stands for “Alternate Top Bevel” and means that one side is flat while the other has a sharp angle. It’s a good choice for both crosscutting and ripping because it can cut with or against the grain of your material. You should also select blades based on their gullets. The gullets are the vital spaces between teeth that allow for effective sawdust removal and decrease the blade binding.

4.    Recommended uses: Different saw blades will last longer and cut better if they’re used for specific purposes; for instance, 14-inch wood cutting bandsaws require a very narrow thickness of kerf (the size or width of the slot or cut made by a saw on a workpiece), so they need to use thin and flexible blades with fewer teeth.

5.    Blade type: There are three types of saw blades that you can choose from – parallel grind, hook tooth, and raker tooth – depending on the material that they’re used for cutting; these three types are explained here.

6.    The cost of the blade: You can spend anywhere from $2 to over $100 for a saw blade, depending on what type you’re looking for and how long it will last, but consider that the more expensive blades offer faster cutting speeds and longer life.

7.    Blade compatibility: Some blades are made for specific saws and can’t be used on others. Make sure that the blade you’re considering is compatible with your machine. In addition, look into finding a blade type that will fit or replace the current one of your saw, as this saves you from having to spend more money on a completely new tool.

8.   Soft-start motor: If you’re using your saw on materials with higher densities, such as plywood and MDF, a soft starting blade will save you time by preventing the blade from grabbing the material right away.

9.    Blade safety features: Some safety features to look for in a blade include an automatic brake that stops the blade as soon as the saw comes out of your material, and a riving knife or kickback pawl to stop unintentional contact with the blade.

Why You Should Buy Saw Teeth?

  • Get the job done quickly: Saw teeth are designed to cut materials down in size, so they make it much easier for you to complete your projects;
  • Protect your fingers and hands: There are lots of blades that have safety features that prevent injuries if you accidentally come into contact with them while operating machinery. Furthermore, manufacturers now put technology into the saw teeth, such as a soft-starting motor and a system that triggers an automatic brake if your finger comes too close to the blade;
  • Save money: Saw teeth will last for years – they only get duller if you don’t maintain them – so it’s safer and more economical to buy new ones instead of buying a whole new saw.
  • All in all, having the right saw teeth for your machine will work wonders at getting the job done quickly and safely. Investing in better-quality blades can really help to boost your productivity so you’ll get through tasks much quicker without hurting yourself or damaging the equipment.

Final Thoughts

Saw teeth are definitely worth your money. Also, the right saw teeth will save you time and keep your fingers intact. If you’re looking to buy some new saw teeth, look into how they work with your specific material type, what kind of safety features they have, and what sort of a price you’re looking to spend.

In addition, if you have an existing saw but the teeth need replacing, check to see whether you can buy new blades made exactly for your machine, or if it would be better to simply find an upgrade that will fit on the one that you currently own.

Look into all this information when shopping around for a new blade so that you get the right tool for the job!