Saw blades are the cutting elements used in various hand and power tools. They have different types of teeth and gullets depending on the material and direction of the cut. Some of the most common types of saw blades for woodworking are:
- Rip blades: These have flat-top teeth and deep gullets for cutting along the grain of wood. They produce fast but rough cuts.
- Crosscut blades: These have alternating bevel teeth and shallow gullets for cutting across the grain of wood. They produce smooth but slow cuts.
- Combination blades: These have a mix of flat-top and bevel teeth with varying gullet sizes for cutting both with and across the grain of wood. They produce acceptable cuts for most tasks.
- Finishing blades: These have a high number of fine teeth for producing smooth and clean cuts on veneered plywood, laminates, plastics, etc.
Other types of saw blades include nail cutting blades, dado cutting blades, metal cutting blades, and masonry cutting blades