5 Essential Circular Saw Blades for Your Home Workshop
No saw blade is good for every job. Keep these five at the ready, so you’ll have the right blade for the task at hand.
Diablo Framing Blade
A blade like this is your workhorse, all purpose blade. You’ll use it for easily 75 percent of the work you do with a circular saw. It’ll handle rough framing lumber, plywood and sheathing material with ease. Plus: These are the circular saw tips and techniques all DIYers need to know.
DeWalt Precision Finishing Saw Blade
If you’re cutting hardwood veneer plywood or plastic laminate, you’ll want more teeth. More teeth—as well as a less aggressive tooth angle—leave a cleaner cut. Make sure you save this blade for the stuff that needs a clean cut. Learn how to create circular saw cutting guides for plywood.
Irwin 18 Tooth Circular Saw Blade
If you have a stack of boards to rip, a blade like this one speeds up the job. Ripping means you’re cutting with the grain of the wood. This blade has fewer teeth, angled to rip efficiently. Plus: Check out How to Use a Circular Saw: Long Cuts.
Evolution Diamond Masonry Blade
Cutting concrete, brick, stone or tile? In a pinch, you might be able to make a couple of cuts with an abrasive wheel. But to get the job done in a timely manner, use a diamond blade. We’ll show you how to cut concrete here.
Concord Ferrous Metal Cutting Blade
That’s right, you can cut steel with a circular saw. But, you’ll want a blade designed to do the job. A ferrous metal cutting blade has lots of teeth sloped at a shallow angle for efficient cutting and a clean finish. Plus: 10 Easy Ways to Cut Metal Fast.
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