You can have the best table saw on the market, but if you have the wrong table saw blade, you’ll be frustrated and disappointed. Choosing the correct table saw blade requires a little understanding of the types of cuts you plan to make and the quality of the cut you want.

The number of teeth on you saw blades could make all difference in the world, fundamentally the more teeth on a blade, the smooth cut you can expect. Conversely, the fewer teeth allow you to move more material through the blade, but at a sacrifice of smoothness.

Ripping is cutting with the grain, and a blade with 24 to 36 teeth is usually used for this method of cutting.

Cross-cutting is cutting across the grain, and for a smooth cut, you need a cross cut blade with 60 to 80 teeth to ensure that smooth finish.

Table Saw Blade Basics – Kerf Width

Kerf is the slot the blade makes when you cut through the wood. A large kerf means you are taking more wood when you cut, and this puts an unusually high load on your saw motor due to having to move the blade through more material.

Thin kerf allows you to take less material with your cuts. Some of the cheaper blades on the market will advertise themselves as thin kerf, but they didn’t put quality in the manufacturing process, and what you get is a thin blade that gets hot, warps the blade and burns your wood.

A high-quality blade will have a thin kerf but will be “tensioned” and aligned to ensure it can handle the heat produced in the cutting process and still produce a truly high-quality cut time after time. High-quality blades like this may seem to cost a lot but in reality, are a very good investment because you will use for many years and be extremely satisfied with each cut.

Table Saw Blade Basics – Quality of Today’s Blades

Table saw blade technology had come a long way, and today you can get a high-quality blade that is good at both ripping and cross-cutting while still giving you a true cut. This allows you to use your table saw without the time-consuming time it takes to change the blade.

Today most quality saw teeth are carbide tipped, which allows for the high-quality cutting time after time. The best blades are carbide tipped and hand-tuned for a true cut, and the manufacturer offers to sharpen so you can be satisfied with your cutting needs for a long time.

One of the best high-quality blades on the market is the all-purpose Forrest Woodworker II. It has 40 teeth with a .125 kerf, carbide-tipped teeth, and its hand tensioned and aligned for a very versatile high-quality saw blade. It produces scratch-free “Polished “ cuts on wood (rip or cross-cut) up to 2 inches thick.