What kind of blade should I buy for my circular saw? What tooth count is appropriate?

Circular saw blades are identified by size and number of blade teeth, as well as what material they’re designed to cut. The more teeth on a blade, the smoother and slower that blade will cut.

General woodwork benefits from a combination blade. These blades have large teeth that leave a rough cut and can be used to cross-cut or rip wood with the grain.

For long cuts with the grain, use a ripping blade. (Do not use a ripping blade with plywood. Use a cross-cut blade or a hollow-ground plywood blade.)

For some metals and most plastics, choose blades made of plastic or non-ferrous material.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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