Month: October 2019

Choosing Circular Saw Blades

If you’ve shopped for a circular saw blade you know there are a ton of options. The good news is that choosing the right blade is simple. For 8 or 10 dollars, you can buy a really nice carbide tipped blade that’ll do just about everything you need and cut tons of lumber without resharpening.

choosing a Circular Saw Blades

Tips for Choosing the Best Circular Saw Blade

Now if you’re going to be using a circular saw, chances are you’re gonna need a circular saw blade to go in there. We’re going to give you a little heads up on choosing the right blade for your project. Now most circular saw is that you’re going to use are going to be a 7 and 1/4 inch blade size. That is probably the most common blade size for using hand-held saw, but you want to make sure that that’s the case.

So when you’re looking at the circular saw you’re going to use, make sure you’re buying the right size. We’re going to specifically talk about 7 and 1/4 inch. At your local store you’re going to see a lot of different blades out there and you’ll see a lot of different sizes.

7-1/4 inch 24T blade
7-1/4 inch 24T blade

What’s important to remember is the more teeth are on the blade the finer and the better the cut is. So for instance 24 inch tooth blade means that in a 7 and 1/4 inch blade we’ve got twenty four teeth. Now this is a great blade to use for framing if you’re gonna be cutting 2×4, 2×6 as if you’re building a deck. Something like that.

This 24 inch count tooth blade will do a nice job and it’ll give you a nice clean cut. But if you’re gonna be doing anything more that you’re looking for a finish like a nicer finish you’re going to want more teeth on the blade. So check out some blades from Diablo brand with 56 teeth. Now you can cut aluminum and wood with this. It does a really nice job and will give you a very fine cut.

7-1/4 inch 56T blade
7-1/4 inch 56T blade

So if you’re working on a project where you have to do some finished plywood work well you need a nice clean edge. The more teeth the better. Make sure that you’re mounting it the right way and a clean carbide tipped blade is one that’s going to give you the most durability.

There are blades out there that you can get that are non carbide tip. But for me if you’re gonna be buying blades for your circular saw. Carbide tip make the most sense. So as a review the lesser of the teeth the more it’s used for kind of rough framing. 2×4 and 2×6 is building index, more teeth for finer work and you’ll find a great selection.

I like thin curved blades the teeth kind of thinner slot or curve so you don’t remove as much wood. That means you don’t have to work as hard for general carpentry work. Choose a thin curve carbide tipped blade with about 24 teeth.

If you’ve got a project like a bookcase where you want smoother cuts pick a blade with more teeth. A 40 tooth blade will work great but if you plan to do a lot of ripping that is cutting a board down its length parallel to the grain then a blade with fewer teeth is better. Choose a blade with about 18 teeth. Use the labels on the blade as a guide.

You can also buy blades for your circular saw that will cut bricks or tile or even steel with bits of Diamond embedded so you can cut concrete, Tyler bricks. Dry cut diamond blades like this started about $25 and here’s a blade with carbide teeth that are specially designed to cut ferrous metals. You could use a blade like this to cut angle iron for 90 percent of your circular saw work. A ten dollar blade like this will work great and for special projects.