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How to Pick the Suitable Blade for Your Table Saw

Consider the Type of Cut

When selecting a blade for your table saw, the major element to consider is the cut you plan to make. Do you want to use it for cross-cutting or ripping? Sometimes You need to do cross-cut and ripping for this objective, and you can operate a combination teeth function. It also depends on which brand (Dewalt, Bosch Ryobi, etc.) table saw you are using. There are many best table saws available in the market.

There are three main kinds of blades:

  •  cross-cut blades
  •  rip blades
  •  combination blades

Rip blades are created for cutting along the grain of the wood and are ideal for making long, straight cuts. Ripping blades require fewer teeth. Because of their large Gullets, they can make long cuts without burning.

Cross-cut blades are designed to cut across the grain of the wood and make precise, square cuts. It has extended teeth along with beveled borders resulting in minor tear-out.

Combination blades are designed for rip and cross-cutting functions but are less specialized than those of reliable rip or cross-cut blades.

Specify the Number of Teeth

The teeth that a saw has will affect the speed and quality of the cut. A blade with short teeth will make a quicker cut but may leave a more rough finish. A blade with more teeth will make a slowly cut but will leave a smoother finish.

  • For rough cuts, choose a blade with fewer teeth.
  • For precise cuts, choose a blade with more teeth.


Combination blades are ideally used for both ripping and crossing cuts. You can use them for both purposes.

Consider the Material

The kind of material you will cut also plays a part in selecting the suitable blade. Some blades are designed especially for cutting through hardwoods such as plywood and lumber, while others are designed for softer woods or even non-wood materials.

  • For hardwoods, choose a blade with carbide teeth.
  • For softer woods or non-wood materials, choose a blade with high-speed steel teeth.

Take Blade Pressure into Account

Blade pressure is important when picking a blade for your table saw. A blade with inadequate pressure may cause the blade to vibrate, resulting in a mistaken cut.

For accurate cuts, pick a blade with proper blade pressure.

The number of teeth on a table saw blade can impact its performance, so the “best” number of teeth will rely on the precise task you’re operating the blade. Commonly speaking, here are some guidelines:

  • For ripping wood (cutting along the grain), a blade with fewer teeth (e.g., 24 or fewer) will provide a faster cut and coarser finish, while a blade with more other teeth (40 or more) will result in a slower cut but more delicate finish.
  • For cross-cutting wood (cutting across the grain), a blade with more teeth will normally provide a cleaner, smoother cut. A blade with 80 teeth or more is often used for cross-cutting, but blades with 40 to 60 teeth can also work well.
  • A combination blade with 40 to 60 teeth can be a good choice for general-purpose cutting, as it can handle ripping and cross-cutting tasks relatively well.


Choose the right blade for your table considering the kind of cut, the number of teeth, the material you will be cutting, and the blade pressure. Consider these factors carefully to select the best blade for your projects.