Woodworking saw blades may look and work in a similar manner. However, do you know that each type is designed for a specific application? There are blades that are designed for cutting along the grain of wood while others cut across the grain. Using a saw meant to cut along the wood grain for crosscutting may cause damage. Firstly, the wood may split leading to poor results. Secondly, more energy and effort will be required. Thirdly, flying wood chips and splinters may injure you. It is crucial to go for the right saw blade design.
Nature Of Work
Will you be cutting solid timber or chipboard? Are you planning to saw soft or hardwood? You need to ask these questions when choosing the right circular saw blade. Some blades are more specific and will only cut limited types of wood. Others are more general and can cut many types of wood. A saw with widely spaced teeth cuts much faster but produces rough finishes. A blade with finer teeth is much slower but produces smoother and better results.
Type Of Finish
The type of finish required determines the nature of circular saw blade. Rough cutting, for instance, demolishing walls or partition, or cutting lumber can be done with a blade that has a large gullet and fewer teeth such as the ripping blade. For extra smooth finish or when cutting delicate materials such as plywood, veneer, plastics, and laminate, a blade with very fine and closely spaced teeth (paneling or finishing blade) is a better option.
Type Of Circular Saw
Circular saws are as varied as the blades themselves. Some can accommodate very large blades while others can only handle small sizes. It is true that blades for circular saws have become more versatile and efficient. They can cut through different types of wood. These include plywood, lumber, hardwood, panels, softwood, as well as laminates. However, inserting an 18-inch blade in a circular saw that is designed for a blade that is 12 inch is not only less effective but also dangerous.