7 Best Table Saw Blades In Market Today
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by having too many options to choose from?
Choosing a table saw blade can feel this way since there are so many different features to choose from, but getting the right blade is crucial for the best results.
Here, we “saw” through all the confusion and chop down to the nitty gritty details you’ll need to help choose the best table saw blade for you.
Types of Table Saw Blades
The five most common table saw blade types include the Flat Top Grind Blade (FTG), the Alternate Top Bevel Blade (ATB), the High- Angle Alternate Top Bevel Blade (Hi-ATB), Combination Blades, and Triple Chip Grind Blade (TCG).
Flat top grind blade teeth have top edges that are parallel to the plate.
The teeth are mainly used to rip, cutting parallel to the grain in the wood, which may leave some splintering.
Of all the different teeth shapes, these have the most efficient cutting speed.
FTG blades can leave small chipping of the cutting material, which is why this type of blade is best for rip cutting where the efficiency is more important than the quality of cut.
Alternate Top Bevel teeth include teeth that lean in opposite directions. The opposing angles of the blades ensure a clean slice on both sides of the corners of the kerf, which is the width of material that is being cut.
This specific blade is designed to cut perpendicular to the grain of the wood, providing a much cleaner cut.
High-angle alternate top bevel blades are almost the same as ATB blades, but like the name suggests, the angle of the teeth is much higher.
This ensures an extra-fine cut, but also makes the blade easier to dull. Hi-ATB blades work best when cutting materials that chip easily.
Combination blades are the most common, since it can be used for ripping or crosscutting.
The combination blades include both ATB and FTB teeth, making it multi-purpose.
TCG blades also consist of two different types of teeth: one flat top and another trapezoid-shaped.
The trapeze tooth scores the cut, while the flatter tooth makes a clean cut.
The configuration of the alternating teeth make this blade most suitable for cutting denser materials.
Another type of blade is a dado blade, which is most commonly used in cutting interlocking joints.
The grooves cut using a dado blade are much wider than those cut by the other blades.
Dado blades typically come in sets to make a more custom cut.
In general, table saw blades range from 25-80 teeth, depending on the application.
Blades that are used for rip-cutting typically have less teeth to have a faster rate, with rougher cuts.
Blades for cross-cutting have more teeth to make smoother cuts at a slower rate.
If you are unsure about what type of cuts you will need to make, a good tip is to start with a combination blade with an average amount of teeth.
Another factor that can further customize your saw blade is the different types of hook angles.
The hook angle can influence the specific angle of the cut depending on the rotation of the blade.
A Zero Hook Angle means that the cutting edge of the tooth lines up exactly in a straight line with the diameter.
This angle is most commonly used when cutting metals.
A Positive Hook Angle means that the angle of the teeth are leaned towards the direction of the rotation.
This angle cuts more agressible, making it better for ripping.
A Negative Hook Angle is better for cross cutting since the angle of the teeth are leaned away from the direction of the rotation.
This type of hook gives you much more control and is also less likely to chip the material you are looking for.
Best Blade for the Job
Ripping Wood - The top pick for this type of job is a FTG blade with a 20-30 teeth range. With a low teeth range and shape of teeth this blade has, the blade can rip quickly through wood.
Cross Cutting Wood - The top pick for this job is an ATB blade or combination blade with a 40-80 tooth range. Typically the more teeth on the blade, the cleaner the cut; however, quality of the blade is important as well.
Joinery - The best blade for cutting parts that can easily join together is either an Alternate Top Bevel blade or combination blade ranging from 40-50 teeth for a smooth cut.
Cutting Plastics and Metals - The best blade for cutting these materials is TCG blades, since these materials are more dense. Other blades could work, but may blunt the blade quickly.
Beyond the Blade
Just like most things in life, not only does the quality of the product matter, but how we take care of it is extremely important as well.
In order to get the most out of your blade, proper maintenance should be a priority.
The blade should be cleaned routinely, since materials like resin, tar and pitch can build up causing excessive overheating.
This can cause premature dulling of the blade, but there are plenty of store bought formulas that you can soak your blade in to prevent this.
Freud 10'' x 60T ATB Blade
This 60-tooth ATB blade is perfect for clean crosscutting.
The density of the teeth allows for smooth cutting on different surfaces. The positive tooth angle and thin width of the blade allow for faster cutting.
With this blade you will not have to sacrifice quality for efficiency.
This blade is also coated with PERMA-shield, which helps with overheating of the blade as well as a non-stick capability.
These features help the blade run smoothly without adding stress to the saw’s motor.
We tested this blade on a wide array of surfaces, and can happily report that the blade is able to cut through soft and hard woods, and easier to chip materials including laminates.
This blade is able to rip cut and cross cut, making this blade a worry-free choice.
Freud 10'' x 80T ATB Blade
The Freud 80-Tooth ATB blade makes super fine cuts with its alternating blades. What sets this blade apart from others is the added feature of the side grind on each tooth.
This creates a smooth finish on the cutting material without any sanding. This blade also includes anti-vibration vents which helps to elongate the life of the blade.
We put this blade up against wood ranging from a quarter of an inch thick to an inch and a half thick.
The blade was able to crosscut and ripcut a wide range of materials effortlessly.
This blade may have a large range, but cutting materials outside it’s range may damage the finish of the material.
This blade is well-balanced and is a great choice for those that are cutting many different materials.
Overpeak 10'' x 90T Table Saw Blade
This 10-in saw blade has 90 teeth with alternate top bevel teeth which is great for multi-use cuts. The teeth on the Overpeak saw are coated with Tungsten Carbide, which extends the blade life and prevents dulling.
Another great feature of this saw is the four-sided grind on each tooth.
This feature creates a smooth finish on every side without the need for sanding. The higher range of teeth also provides an ultra-fine cut with little effort.
This saw goes through a two-step quality control process which is very apparent after long-term use.
Usually these saw blades dull quickly, but with this blade there is no need to sacrifice the high quality of cuts.
This blade is great for multi-use not only ranging in types of cuts, but also types of materials it is able to cut.
Oshlun 8'' Dado Set Blade
This dado blade is best for cutting grooves needed for interlocking joints. Other blades could do the same job, but this blade proves to be more efficient and cleaner since it is optimized for these types of cuts.
This set includes 16 pieces that includes 42 outer teeth and and six chipper teeth for a premium cut.
Having two different sets of teeth allows one for scoring and another for cutting, ensuring the cleanest cut possible.
The teeth are coated with Carbide making cutting through a range of materials much more effortless.
This blade set is equipped to cut through soft or harder woods making this a great addition to your toolkit.
Freud 10'' x 24T FTB Blade
This blade works best for rip cutting with its 24 large flat top grind teeth.
We found that the optimal use for this blade is wood that ranges from ¾- 2 ¾ inches thick.
The tooth geometry helps to rip cut quickly, but still leaves a non-splintered finish.
We also found that the spaced out teeth help the blade move swiftly without having to break a sweat.
The teeth are coated with Hi-density carbide to protect the teeth from dulling even with the aggressive cuts this blade is able to make.
Another great feature is the non-stick coating that keeps the blade from accumulating buildup.
Amana Tool 40T General Purpose Blade
The Amana Tool blade not only looks cool with its blue tint, but also has high quality ATB teeth with a steep bevel angle.
Although this blade is thicker than most, the steep bevel angle allows for finer cuts with a smooth finish.
The alternating directions of the blades makes this blade multi-purpose that can cut with or against the grain of the material.
Another distinct feature this blade has is the copper plugs that absorb the vibrations. This allows for faster feeding and extended durability.
This is a quality blade that can make woodworking easier for users.
Freud 10" x 24T Kerf Rip Blade
This thin kerf blade is most optimal for quick and easy ripping with its 24 FTG teeth. A thin kerf blade is suitable for those that are looking for a faster feed rate making woodworking extremely efficient.
The teeth on this blade has a positive hook angle that works great for quickly ripping wood ranging from ¾-2 ¾ inches thick.
Another great feature of a thin kerf blade is less stress and drag on the saw’s engine.
Since the blade is mostly used for ripping, the teeth are coated with Hi-density carbide to extend the life of the blade.
The entire blade also has a Perma-shield feature that creates less drag to prevent overheating.
If you know exactly what type of woodworking you will be doing, this is a great tool to have.
Our choice for Best Table Saw Blade is the Amana Tool 40-tooth Alternate Top Bevel Blade.
Even though the thickness of the blade may seem like a drawback, we actually found that the durability of the blade is well worth the weight.
This blade creates smooth clean cuts that can cut with or against the grain, making this a versatile blade that can assist with a wide array of projects.
There are a wide range of different table saws to fit any project you are working on.
Hopefully, we were able to make your choice a little bit easier the next time you are looking to purchase a new table saw blade.