Without question, the most critical part of a saw is the blade. Just like tires on your car, the right blade on your saw can have dramatic improvements in performance. With so many configurations, designs and options, how do you choose the best blade for the job at hand? Understanding how blade functions is the key to selecting the best blade.
Types of Saw Blades
A stack of hardwood can push you and your saw to the limit. It needs a ripper such as the AGE MD10-240. Ripsaw blades are designed for smooth, effective cuts, and it reduces the feed resistance commonly associated with ripping.
Rips saw has a fewer number of teeth compared to other types of saw blades, normally 24 on a 10" blade. The 20-degree hook angle and large gullets make the MD10-240 fast.
Glue-Line Rip Blades
Glue-line use an extra high hook angle and a triple-chip tooth grind to allow aggressive feed rates and a smooth cut, ensuring that no jointing is required.
Crosscut Saw Blades
For cleanest possible cut across the grain, use a crosscut blade such as AGE MD10-600. Crosscut has an alternate top bevel with sharp angle and lots of teeth, typically 60–80. If you have a radial-arm saw or sliding miter saw, you’ll need a crosscut blade that is mainly designed for these machines.
Miter Saw Blades
With negative hook and 80 teeth, this is the blade to choose when you need glass-smooth miters ready for assembly. Miter blades, such as the AGE MD10-806, uses a thick, ground steel plate for smooth, accurate cuts.
Laminate Saw Blades
Plywood can be a challenge to cut without splintering the veneer. Plastic laminates are also hard to cut, as the brittle plastic tends to chip. Laminate and plywood saw blades, like the AGE MD10-601, eliminate the splintering and chipping by incorporating a 10-degree hook angle, along with a triple-chip tooth grind.
Non-Ferrous Saw Blades
These specialty saw blades are designed for cutting non-ferrous materials, such as aluminum, copper and brass. The rugged design of the blade makes it suited for rough applications. It’s used in miter saws, radial-arm saws and table saws.
Designed to cut through rebar, steel pipes, metal rods, steel sheets and steel studs. Specially designed carbide lasts longer than standard abrasive or carbide discs. It is used on special cut-off machines like Jepson.
To learn more call Echols Saw and Supply at 602-278-3918.