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Selecting a Saw Blade For The Right Job

Selecting saw blades for ripping wood or cross cutting wood often requires a different blade that for cutting plywoods, MDF or other man-made woods.

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  1. yes please do a review on negative saw blades 

  2. Excellent presentation, this will be a great help to me when I’m choosing
    the proper blade for the job.

  3. Thank you sir, now I understand what 2nd blade to buy. I am a carpenter’s
    son but my dad never used one of these. He mostly used hand tools.

  4. Glad this was useful to you, yes, my father was car mechanic but I didn’t
    get too much knowledge of fixing my car from him so I know what you say 🙂

  5. +WoodWorkWeb
    Lol yes, what I learned from my dad I learned by watching him make things.
    It’s a pity because we could have been just as good as our dads.
    Fortunately, sofar I have still been able to make the things I wanted to
    make.
    One more question please, Im getting ready to buy a 60 teeth saw, how can I
    be sure it is not for cutting metal?
    http://www.marktplaats.nl/a/doe-het-zelf-en-verbouw/gereedschap-zaagmachines/m806855907-cirkelzaagblad-210-x-30-x-2-5-widia-zaagblad-cirkelzaag.html?c=a2384ef0ece270f44503df9f8598c624&previousPage=lr

  6. +boowonder888 You message says you are ready to buy a 60 tooth saw, I am
    wondering if you meant 60 tooth saw blade. The link shows both saws and
    saw blades so I am not certain what you are looking at.

  7. Sorry, I mean the saw blade. Do the blades made for cutting just metal look
    different than a wood cutting blade? Can you cut metal with a 60T wood
    blade? what kind of metal? Alum cuts are less easy than steel, I heard.
    I’ll buy the blade from the guy for 10 euro s. About 13 dollars.

  8. +boowonder888 Normally a metal cutting blade will say it is for metal
    because metal cutting blades are very poor at cutting wood. They are
    normally only about 8″ (20cm) in diameter and will have up to 60 small
    teeth.
    Most blades you find will be for wood cutting, you really have to look to
    find steel cutting blades so I am pretty sure most if not all the blades
    you will be looking at will be for wood or wood type products

  9. Very informative. Thank you!

  10. +Helen K Glad you found this useful, appreciate the feedback 🙂

  11. This is very helpful!Thank you!one question though if I may,I’m using
    recently a mini circular saw to do some cross and ripping cut,the thing is
    I’m using a carbide tipped 30T blade,this works fine with the cross cutting
    but when I use it to rip cut a hard board it leaves some “burning
    traces”,can you advise me what to do to have a clean cut,also not to burn
    the piece eventually :)..Thank you sir

  12. +Nahrain Michael If you can find a blade with less teeth, perhaps 20 teeth
    or so, that might work better for ripping. There is not the same selection
    of blades for your portable circ saw so you may not find one. Also, some
    woods are more suseptible to burning. I find Maple type woods for example,
    are often light in color and tend to burn more.
    Other than that, clean the blade with a blade cleaner (not oven cleaner)
    can also help reduce burning.
    Hope this helps …. Colin

  13. I’ll try first to find a 20T blade,and yes my hard board is light in color
    so I guess it’s the type you mentioned!Thank you so much Colin for the
    answer,it was very helpful!!

  14. Pretty good video matey! God bless.

  15. SoccerPages Adiwira

    wows very helpful video.. but I get little bit confused, I use krisbow mini
    circular saw and the blade directly from the box have 18 teeth 140mm x
    something i forgot it. so what the purpose for that blade? and what blades
    i suppose to use for ripping a plywood ? it is 60-100 teeth ? am i right?

  16. +SoccerPages Adiwira I have seen those blades in the past, but only used
    ones from people trying to buy new blades for them, maybe they are hard to
    find, I have never found a supplier, but then haven’t looked to hard
    either, as I don’t have the saw. I guess those must be like a general
    purpose blade because I have ever only seen that one style of blade.

  17. SoccerPages Adiwira

    Okay, so it can rip a plywood and a wood ? sorry sir may i asked you,
    what’s ur circular saw product do u used ? what is the best ? it s skilsaw
    or bosch or other product? maybe i should buy the new one later..
    thanks for ur answer.

  18. Hi Colin,you’re video s are very good. Can you please advise me on a miter
    saw blade I am looking to buy. I was thinking the Freud non ferrous 80
    teeth. My ? Is would this be good for cutting wood most time rather than
    aluminium thx

  19. +jerry o connor Hi Jerry, the non-ferrous is actually a rather poor blade
    for cutting wood, I have found it tends to burn a lot. A sliding mitre is
    used for cross cutting wood so higher number of teeth, like 80 or 90 give
    best results. There are a couple of 60 tooth blades that work well, and the
    50 tooth combination blade is another that is gaining popularity and does a
    good job at a moderate price.
    If you are cutting aluminum, copper or brass, the non-ferrous is best for
    those, unfortunately there isn’t a blade that cuts wood and metal very well.
    Let me know if you need more info … happy to help
    Colin

  20. Thank you for replying. If you wouldn’t mind advising me on the best freud
    Diablo blade for a 10 inch sliding miter saw that will give a clean cut. I
    am looking on eBay and there is just so many to choose from. Thx again

  21. +jerry o connor OK so starting with the best blade, Freud D1090X, is an
    outstanding quality blade, next best is the D1080X, then the D1060X and
    finally the D1050X, which is still a very good blade for the money.
    That should give you what you need to know, now the hard part, comparing
    prices 🙂

  22. Okay, so now I’m confused because I have a DeWalt radial arm saw and I
    like to rip & crosscut. Are you telling me I have to change the blade each
    time I want an optimal cut or will my Forrest Woodworker I blade with 60
    teeth/3/32 kerf work for both crosscutting & ripping multi species of wood?
    How much of a difference would I notice from changing the blade out to make
    a with the grain vs cross grain cut? Since it really isn’t recommended that
    I use any blade with a positive hook on a RAS, what exactly are my options
    for a RAS? (Other than not using it for ripping.)

  23. +Derek Miller I have never had a chance to use that blade on a radial arm
    saw, but from what I know, that Woodworkworker I is something of a general
    purpose blade which means is will crosscut and rip. For ripping wood
    thicker than 3/4″ you might find it a bit slow, and it may burn some woods,
    but it would work.
    My suggestion would be this, if you find the blade a bit slow ripping, you
    may want to invest in a ripping blade, IF you are cutting thicker woods, I
    expect then you would notice quite a difference then.
    The Woodworker I will always be a good blade for crosscutting, just might
    be a bit slow for ripping, but you will be the best judge of that based on
    the kinds woods you are cutting and how thick the wood is.

  24. Ok, I’m really confused. I read in a couple of forums now that less teeth
    are meant to make rougher cuts faster on thicker wood and higher teeth
    count are meant for better looking, finer, cuts. I just need to be able to
    cut some 2x4s every so often and some plywood for home repairs with a
    circular saw. Any comments would be greatly appreciated as the blade that
    came with my saw has started burning the wood and has become really hard to
    cut with it. 

  25. +nameless5r Your first statement is kind of true, but not fully. If you are
    just cutting 2x4s … one of the most popular blades that carpenters use is
    the Freud 24 tooth blade. It does a good job of both cross cutting and
    ripping. It works like a general purpose blade and if you are cutting 2x4s
    you will want a good cut, but not the same as if you were making furniture
    or other fine work.
    The blades are reasonably prices and work well. I expect you would be very
    pleased with how it cuts for you.

  26. +WoodWorkWeb thank you very much for the prompt response. I think i well
    that blade a try. I am now subbed!

  27. Thankyou, your programme was So helpful. Harry from the U.K

  28. +dayvo300 I appreciate your feedback, thanks

  29. Now I know !!! I do all kind of work but never trained as a carpenter ,
    never looked into blade differences, always wandered about bad outcomes !
    First vid I clicked answered all my questions ! Thanks for posting !!!

  30. Thank you very much for your clear explanation. Now I know what I need.
    Charly from Holland.

  31. +Major Charly Thanks for commenting, glad this was helpful

  32. Thank you very much taking the time to make this videos. They are very
    informative and helpful.

  33. +Phil Switzer Thanks Phil

  34. hi sir..so if 24-30 tooth just good for rip?

  35. Thanks for the info.

  36. You recorded no audio on the left channel lol Didn’t know if you knew.

  37. Thank you sir

  38. sir,,good life to you!! i,m bernie cantago here in Philippines,,,i just
    want to ask if there is a 24 teeth combination blade sir? because,i have
    only 1 circular saw and the diameter of saw is good only for 24teeth
    blade,,and sory to say,,but i dont have enough money to buy different
    blades,,hope you can understand what i mean sir…what should i do? thank
    you so much sir,,,

  39. For a radial arm and chop saw you need a Negative Angle Blade

  40. You need to sharpen the blade to eliminate the burn

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