Table Saw- The Ultimate FAQ Guide of the Table Saw Blades

The table saw is a tool that is crucial to the cutting industry, particularly the lumber processing industry. 

These components include the table saw blade, the extension wings, miter gauge, and arbor assembly. All these components are crucial for the functioning of the device.

In this article, we will carefully navigate around the table saw blade. We will also focus on its applications and the different factors surrounding this blade’s use.

Section 1: What is a Table Saw Blade?

The table saw blade is the essential part of a table saw. It is the cutting part of the table saw.  Table saws blades consist of different materials like stainless steel, tungsten, and sometimes even carbide. You can use the table saw blade to cut different materials ranging from lumber to sheet goods.

1.1 What Table Saw Blade use?

Different types of table saw blades exist, and these blades have unique features that make them suitable for different cutting purposes. You will need to have a clear understanding of different factors before choosing the blade to use.

An essential factor to consider is the type of cut. Rip cuts and crosscuts are the two populous types of cutting available today. However, not all blades can make these cuts. Some blades can make rip cuts, while others can make crosscuts. Besides, some blades can cut both styles. On some peculiar occasions, there are specialized blades you can use for specific materials or applications. These make a solid case to first have a good knowledge of saw blades and the type of cut you need.

1.2 Why Choose the Table Saw Blade?

Most users aim to have the best blade to smooth and effectively cut woodworking and other cutting practices. They require a blade that satisfies both economic and performance criteria. The table saw blade is one of such blades.

Some table saw blades often come at a steep price but make up for their precision and durability. More so, another vital reason for owning a table saw blade is because of their wide cutting range. Table saw blades are applicable for cutting a vast amount of materials smoothly.

Section 2: Type of Table Saw Blade.

It is also essential to also have at arm’s length different types of table saw blade. These four main blade types are;

2.1 Ripping Blades:

The ripping blades are synonymous to rip cuts. As you know, a rip cut is a woodworking cutting type where you cut along the grain of the workpiece. Most users refer to this cutting style as ‘Ripping.’  You should know that the ripping blades are fairly popular, and their unique teeth configuration makes them favorites for cutting stock.

Ripping Saw Blade

Ripping Saw Blade

These blades often come with a 20-teeth configuration with wide gullets. This configuration makes them suitable for users intending to do faster cutting with lesser precision.

2.2 Crosscut Blades

Another popular table saw blade is the crosscut blades. The crosscut blades are popular for cutting across the grain. A key advantage of this blade is that they give off lesser waste materials after cutting. 

Crosscut Saw Blade
Crosscut Saw Blade

Cross-Cutting blades have teeth numbers in the 80 to 90 range. A 90-teeth configuration makes the crosscut blade cut slower but smoother than the ripping blade.

2.3 Combination Blades

The combination blades are diverse in their applications as they have the ability to rip-cut and crosscut. Their unique quality of carrying out both rip-cut and crosscut makes them more popular among table saw users. Most people refer to them as a general cutting blade because of their peculiar feature of rip cutting and crosscutting.

Combination Saw Blade
Combination Saw Blade

Combination blades mostly come with a 40-50 teeth configuration, with medium-sized gullets. The teeth number and gullet size enable the combination blade to be able to execute both cuts well.

 2.4 Composite Blades

This blade type is popular for its specialized functionality of cutting materials other than lumber. They are effective for cutting plywood and other special materials. Combination blades come in different types and materials. Each type possesses specific attributes that make it suitable for cutting select materials.

All of these blades have their functions and advantages. To know more, you can read about how to choose the right saw blade.

Worker using a Composite Blade
Worker using a Composite Blade

Section 3: How to change the table saw blade?

3.1 Working Method of the Sawblade.

The table saw has three major parts, namely;

  1. Electric Motor 
  2. Table saw blade
  3. Table

Table Saw
(Saw Blade)

The electric motor sits just below the table surface and spins the blade in the clockwise or anticlockwise direction. This statement implies that the electric motor converts electric power from the source to rotation on the blade. 

The table saw blade must be turning towards you at all times. This turn must be such that you are feeding in the opposite direction. In essence, to ensure effective cutting, you must be feeding the workpiece against rotation direction.

Most users carry out two types of cutting on the table saw, namely rip cuts and crosscuts. The rip cut particularly cuts that are along the grain of the workpiece. This type of cut aims to reduce the workpiece length while maintaining the original width. In contrast, crosscuts are cuts across the grain. As a rule of thumb, this type of cut reduces the workpiece’s width and maintains its length.

All other operations on the table saw are deviations or different manipulations of these types of cut. Users only have to manipulate the blade angles or height to achieve different outcomes of cuts. 

3.2 How to use a Sawblade? 

The table saw is a tool most woodworkers must own. Using the table saw is relatively easy. Below is a step by step guide on using the table saw;

1. Know your Sawblade

(Saw Blade)
Table Saw

Different parts in a table saw; knowing what these parts do will help in using the table saw. Some of the key parts of the table saw include 

  1. The tabletop usually of about a 3’×3′ dimension 
  2. Rip fence that serves as a guide 
  3. Blade guards for protecting your hands
  4. Miter gauge 
  5. Push sticks

2. Adhere to Safety Precautions

(Personnel on Protective Gear)
Personnel on Protective Gear

Just like most power tools, the table saw can also be very dangerous. This statement means that you must ensure to practice safety precautions when using the table saw. Some of these safety practices include

  1. Wearing protective goggles to prevent your eyes from chips and kickbacks
  2. As much as you can keep your hands from a moving blade. Even if you must touch a blade, ensure to put it OFF first.
  3. Adjust the fence well enough to prevent kickbacks.
  4. Use an outfeed table to cut long lumbers.
  5. Choose the right blade for your job.

3. Making Crosscuts

(Crosscutting)
Crosscutting

– Disengage your table saw from the power source and fix your crosscut blades.

– Select any angle between 0-180 degrees on your miter gauge. 

-Align your workpiece with the miter gauge

-Slowly feed your workpiece to the saw blade

-Collect your cut workpiece at the rear end of the table

4. Making Rip Cuts

-Disengage the saw plug from the power source and fix it in your ripping blade.

-Size up the cut width you need on the workpiece with your rip fence.

-Align your workpiece with your rip fence 

-Feed your workpiece to your ripping blade slowly.

-Collect your cut piece at the rear end of the table

Watch how to rip cut here.

3.3 How to Change Sawblade?

Please disconnect the power: As a general principle, when working with saw blades, ensure to disengage them from the power source. This tip is a basic safety precaution to prevent electrocution or the saw blade coming on.

  •  Removing throat plate and blade guard:

The throat plate and blade guard are an accessory of the table saw blade. After disengaging the table saw from the power source, the next thing is to remove the throat plate and blade guard. This process can sometimes be different for different blades due to manufacturing differences. You will need to refer back to the manufacturing manual to be able to navigate the removal.

  •  Adjusting Blade height:

As a rule of thumb, adjust the blade height to give you maximum view and grip on the blade to allow for easier removal.

  • Loosen the nut on the arbor:

The next task is to remove the nut on the arbor. The arbor is the part of the table saw that holds the blade in place. You will need two wrenches to do loose nut on the arbor and the washer. As a rule of thumb, you can do this by using a wrench to hold the washer steady while turning the nut anticlockwise. After you lose the nut, you can use your hands to remove both the washer and nut.

  • Remove The Blade and Replace with The New One:

Replace the old blade with a new one. Ensure that you have the blade’s configuration properly set with the teeth facing you and feeding the workpiece.

  •  Replace The Washer and The Arbor Nut:

You will also have to hold the new blade in place with the washer and arbor nut. After this, you tighten the nut using the same two wrenches.

  • Replace the throat plate and blade guard 
  • Install your new blade and use

Section 4: How to Sharpen the Saw Blade?

4.1 How to Sharpen the Saw Blades?

Saw blades are just like any other machine tool that reduces effectiveness with time. When your table saw blade starts becoming dull, cutting becomes harder and more stressful. Obvious signs to watch out for in your blade for dullness;

-When there is higher resistance to the feed of the workpiece to the saw blade

-Lesser precision and rougher cuts.

-Chips start to form, increasing the chances of having kickbacks.

When you start noticing these changes in your blades, it is a sign that you have to sharpen your blade.

Below is a step by step guide on sharpening your blade;

  • Safety precautions are a must if you ever intend to sharpen your blade. Below are the key precautions to observe before sharpening your blade. 
  • You must disengage the blade from the power source and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 
  • The next step after the precautions is removing the blade. Sharpening a blade in the saw can prove dangerous even though it’s blunt. You must ensure to loosen the arbor nut and washer to remove the blade from the saw.
  • Secure the diamond blade in the table saw. Replace the saw blade with the diamond blade. Ensure that the diamond blade is not too tight and not to lose. As a rule of thumb, it should be just about right enough to hold the diamond blade in place. 
  • Align the teeth and mark each tooth as you sharpen each of them to make sure you miss none. You can also sharpen the teeth together if they’re all facing the same direction.
  • Connect the saw to the power source and turn ON. After this, you slowly bring the inner part of your blunt blade in contact with the diamond blade.
  • Repeat this same process for all the marked teeth. 
  • Detach your diamond blade from the sure once you are sure that the blade is sharp. Ensure also to clean your diamond blade to prevent rust 
  • Reinstall your blade into the table saws and connect to the power source. Turn ON, and feed table saw with the material. Watch out for faster cutting, demanding lesser effort along with a smoother cut.

4.2 How to Clean the Saw Blades?

  • The first thing to do before cleaning your table saw blade is to disengage it from the power source. This tip is a basic safety precaution that you must always take into consideration for table saw.
  • The next step is to gently scrub your blade for any stubborn dirt with a stiff wire brush.
  • Stir a laundry detergent in water for about 5 minutes. Submerge the blade in the detergent solution for about 10 minutes.
  • Use a soft brass wire brush to remove all the dirt gradually. However, ensure to be careful around the edges as it could still cut your hands.
  • Remove the blade from the detergent solution and ensure to dry well. Failure to dry the blade properly can lead to corrosion.
  • Install your blade plug into the power supply and turn ON to continue to use. 

Section 5: How High Should I Set My Sawblade?

In recent years a debate has been going on to define the height to put your blade best properly. Below are three assertions to that intent:

5.1 The Safest Cutting Height

As a rule of thumb, the overall dependable guideline is that the teeth’ blade should be 1/8″ over the workpiece. You should know that the reason for this blade guideline is simple. These contributors claim a lesser probability of fatalities during accidents with the blade at this height.

5.2 Manufacturer’s Recommended Height

Manufacturers propose that you are safe if you have 3-5 teeth (ripping) and 5-7 teeth (crosscuts) in the workpiece.

The suggestion by the blade manufacturers is very similar to that of the claim for a safe height. They both are trying to minimize the extent of fatality in the event of a blade accident.

5.3 Higher Heights

As for the claim of having the blade at higher heights, there are some advantages. This suggestion proves that blades at higher heights will perform more effectively. Blades at higher heights put a lesser strain on the motor of the table saws and lesser heat generation.

Another claim is that at higher blade height, cutting is neater and better. Higher blades are of higher precision and better finishing. This assertion of blades surely places the table saw performance over fatalities in accidents.

Section 6: Section 6: Differences Between the Portable Saw and Cabinet Saw

 Portable Table Saw Cabinet Table Saw

Advantages of Portable table Saw and Cabinet table Saws

  •  Both make woodworking easier
  • They can both cut huge pieces of materials.

Section 7: How Thick is the Sawblade?

The most popular blade size common to table saw blades is the 10-inch saw blade. Some manufacturers also extend this blade size to 12 inches and above to suit particular applications. Your blade’s size determines many things, from the blade’s compatibility to the type of finish. 

You can measure your blade thickness from the kerf of your blade. There is mostly a thin kerf blade with 3/32 inches in kerf width. In contrast, the full kerf is about 1/8 inches in kerf width, mostly applicable to costly materials.

Section 8: What are the Best Saw Blades?

INTERCO 10-Inch 80 Tooth ATB Woodworking Saw Blade:

The INTERCO 10-inch saw blade is the perfect definition of a general-purpose saw blade. It provides you with the multiplex ability to crosscut and rip cut. Beyond that, it can also give a sharp and precise cut.

IRWIN 10-Inch Classic Series Miter Saw Blade:

This IRWIN model is popular for its woodworking capability. Its 180 teeth configuration makes it the best option for smooth finishing. Maintaining this blade can prove to be essential as it will prolong its sharp edges for smooth cuts.

Freud 40-Tooth General Purpose 10″ General Saw Blade:

The Freud general purpose blade is a game-changer in woodworking. They have a particular flair to the way they cut wood without leaving any splinters.

Forrest WW10407100 10-Inch Kerf Saw Blades:

Particularly similar to the Forrest WW10407125 10-Inch Kerf Circular Saw Blade in design and applications. With the only difference being that they are thicker. A huge upside to using this blade is the amount of waste material it reduces.

Forrest WW10407125 10-Inch Kerf Circular Saw Blades:

This Saw Blade is a typical 10-inch blade compatible with most table saws.they also come with a 40-teeth configuration suitable for precision cutting and finishing.

DEWALT 10-Inch table Saws Blade:

A typical 10-inch saw blade that gives a smoother and finer fiber finish. They sometimes also come in packages that allow for the different level of fine or smooth finishes.

OVERPEAK 10-Inch 90 Teeth Blade for Saw blade:

The unique finishing with grey paint proves advantageous in providing clear-cutting and reducing accidents.

HICO 40-Tooth 10-Inch Kerf Saw blade:

Particularly popular for their low noise cuts, which creates less noise pollution. This characteristic also makes it more comfortable to cut for long.

Freud 80-Tooth Ultimate 10-Inch Blade:

The Freud 80-tooth blade comes with a protective coating that helps against rust. Their high teeth number also makes for a finer and smooth cut.

OVERPEAK 10 inches 80 Tooth Finish Saw Blade:

This blade comes with an 80 teeth configuration that makes it faster and sharper. They have teeth sharp enough to cut through materials without chipping.

Conclusion

The table saws as one of the essential power tools available today. This article highlights and discusses the key things you must know about table saws. By reading this article, you must have a great understanding of the table saw blade. This article also highlights answers to the most common questions relating to the table saw blades. You should look no further if you have more questions. NCCuttingtools has got you covered. We have years-long experience and competent professionals to attend to all your needs. Contact us today!

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