Best Table Saw Blades of 2020

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Try one of these table saw blades for the best results.

If you took away your table saw blade, how capable would your saw be? We all know the answer to that, which is why your saw is only as good as the blade.

Choosing the right blade seems simple enough. If you have an Irwin Tools saw, you get the blade to match, likewise with a DeWalt machine, no? However, the reality is far different.

There are many saw blades, and they all do different things. So, how do you choose the best table saw blades?


Reasons to Buy a Table Saw Blade

There are many reasons why you should buy a table saw blade. Maybe you need one for a specific task or type of material? Perhaps you just need a new blade?

The Old Blade Is Blunt

Undoubtedly, this is the biggest reason to buy a new table saw blade. Over time, your blade dulls, meaning the saw has to work harder to make the same cuts. Also, those cuts become less precise, and you risk damaging your project before it has begun.

You’ll know when the blade is blunt because you will see an increasing number of torn fibers on the wood as the teeth begin to dull. If you use your table saw a lot, you should change the blade every few weeks.

Light users can expect to get a couple of years usage out of the same blade.

Different Materials

If you are cutting wood, plastic, plywood, and other types of materials, there is a specialist blade to suit the task. It comes down to the number and design of the cutting teeth. If you are cutting plywood, as an example, you should switch to an 80 or 96 tooth blade.

Increasing the teeth means that the blade is suited to cutting sheet material and makes a smoother cut.

Likewise, for cutting through aluminum, choose a diamond or carbide-tipped blade with 60 teeth.

To Avoid Kickback

One of the most dangerous aspects of using a table saw is getting a kickback. It can be deadly, so you want to avoid it at all costs. Using a dull blade increases the chances of kickback because the wood binds more as the blade cuts.

Also, because the efficiency of the blade is compromised, you have to push the stock harder towards the blade. This means that you are off-balance, so should something happen, you will fall forward towards the blade. Not ideal at all!

Types of Table Saw Blades

There are four types of table saw blades, each determined by their shape, grind, and teeth.

Flat Top Grind (FTG)

Flat top grind (FTG) blades have teeth that sit square to the saw plate. They cut through the wood, much like a chisel. They rip the wood perpendicular to the grain and don’t produce clean cuts.

PROS:
  • Great for rip cuts.
  • Hard wearing.
  • Powerful.
CONS:
  • Only fit for one purpose.

Alternate Top Bevel (ATB)

The teeth on an alternate top bevel (ATB) blade have every second tooth angled in the opposite direction. The function of the ATB blade is to shear the wood. These blades are all-purpose.

PROS:
  • General-purpose cutting.
  • Versatile.
  • Great for joinery.
CONS:
  • Jack of all trades.
  • Not suited for refined woodwork.

Alternate Top Bevel/Raker (ATB/R)

Sometimes referred to as combination blades, they consist of 50 teeth arranged in groups of five. There are four ATB blades followed by a raker tooth like the one found on the FTG. These are the blades to use when cross-cutting.

PROS:
  • Used for cross-cutting.
  • Produces a finer finish.
CONS:
  • Not suitable for all types of woodwork.
  • Doesn’t rip cut.

Triple-Chip Grind (TCG)

Triple-chip grind (TCG) blades consist of alternating chamfered and raker teeth. The chamfered teeth rough cut, while the raker teeth clean up the cut. When sawing plastic laminate and Corian, as well as non-ferrous metals like brass and aluminum, this is the blade you should use.

PROS:
  • Cuts a wide variety of materials.
  • Makes neat cuts.
CONS:
  • Better for non-wood materials.
  • Not for general woodworking.

Features of the Best Table Saw Blade

Here’s what you should look for when deciding on the best table saw blade:

Blade Size

The most common sizes of a table saw blade are 8-inch, 10-inch (the most popular), and 12-inch. You can get larger blades for specific tasks, but your average woodworker will never need to increase above these sizes.

Blade Material

Table saw blades are constructed from alloys. They are typically tungsten carbide-coated to increase their strength and reduce heat build-up. The most common table saw blade material is stainless steel, chrome vanadium steel, and aluminum oxide.

Anti-Kickback Shoulders

The anti-kickback shoulder is a small protrusion that sits behind the cutting teeth on the blade. They are commonly found on rip blades because of the faster rate at which these blades rip. Shoulders do reduce kickback, but shouldn’t be relied upon as the sole means of safety.

You should use them alongside your riving knife and anti-kickback pawls.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), every year, more than 67,000 workers and DIY enthusiasts suffer injuries as a result of table saws (1).

Anti-Vibration Vents

Laser-cut stabilizer vents prevent the blade from producing sideways movement. They also reduce noise and vibration, meaning that they make the blade easier to handle. With reduced sideways vibration, the blade stays secure and won’t work loose. The result is a cleaner cut with more precision.

Teeth Count

The number of teeth on a table saw blade varies between types and uses. We’ve discussed the four types of blades available. Now, we need to look at the tooth count of each blade and its best use.

Are More Teeth on a Saw Blade Better?

It depends on what you are cutting. Different cuts require more or fewer teeth on the blade for a better result. More teeth mean a finer finish, and fewer teeth are better for ripping.

Here’s a guide to help you:

Types of Use Number of Blade Teeth
Ripping wood 24 to 30 teeth
Cross-cutting/sawing plywood 80 to 90 teeth
Joinery work 40 to 50 teeth (combination blade)
Man-made and MDF 60 teeth
Plastic laminate 80 teeth (cross-cut blade)

Teeth Configuration

As we’ve shown in the types of blades available, there are different teeth configurations to cope with the varied uses of the blade. Crosscut blades need more teeth than rip cut blades because cross-cutting requires a finer finish.

On the flip side, crosscut blades have smaller gullets, which helps to reduce the rate that the material feeds. This gives you greater control for precision.

Rip cut blades work with the wood grain and cut differently. They almost split the wood as you feed it towards the blade. For this reason, they need fewer teeth.

Typically, rip cut blades have larger gullets, which increase the rate of feed. This means you can make long rip cuts at a faster pace.

ATB blades, or general-purpose blades, have higher teeth with larger gullets that ensure the shearing action is ultra-smooth. ATB/R blades have four ATB teeth, plus a flat-top tooth, arranged in sets of five.

ATB/R blades also have a smaller gullet between each tooth as well as a larger gullet between each group of five.

Kerf

The “thickness of the cut, or “kerf” as it’s known in woodworking circles, depends on the type of kerf blade you have. There are two types of kerf:

Full Kerf

Full kerf blades have more carbide and so stay sharper for longer. Because they take wider bites of the material, full kerf blades are rougher on your saw motor. They are best used with table saws that produce 3 horsepower.

Also, they are harder to master for the novice woodworker because of their aggressive characteristics.

Thin Kerf

Thin kerf blades behave the opposite way to full kerf blades. They have less carbide, so dull a lot quicker, but they are easier to handle for novices.

These blades are best coupled with table saws under 3 horsepower as they waste less material and produce less heat. The only downside is they are less precise than full kerf blades.


The Best Table Saw Blades of 2020

With such a wide variety of options available, it can be confusing to choose. To help you, we selected seven of the best table saw blades in a range of categories.

1. DeWALT 10-Inch Miter/Table Saw Blade

Best Table Saw Blade for the Money

DEWALT 10-Inch Miter / Table Saw Blades, 60-Tooth Crosscutting & 32-Tooth General Purpose, Combo Pack (DW3106P5),Metallic
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DeWALT is an American company with seven manufacturing plants in the US. They make high-quality table saw blades.

This combo pack of cross-cutting and general use blades is incredible value for money. Even better? They are carbide-tipped for durability and edge retention.

These blades have a computer-balanced plate for reduced vibration and noise, as well as improving the accuracy and finish of the cut.

Why We Love It

Trusted Brand

DeWALT is one of those brands that scream quality and value for money. If you step onto a building site right now, we guarantee that one of the contractors will be using a DeWALT product. If professionals love them, then so should the rest of us.

Value for Money

The price of this blade combo is less than some single blade prices from other manufacturers. That makes them excellent value for money.

General Purpose

Because these saw blades are general purpose, they are excellent for most woodworking jobs. It also means that if you are starting in the table saw world, these saw blades would be a good way of learning the ropes.

Keep In Mind

You Get What You Pay For

Because these blades are so cheap, the quality might not match that of the Forrest or IRWIN Tools blades.

Additional Specs

Teeth 60 and 32
Kerf Thin
Max Rpm Not stated
Cost $
Carbide-tipped Yes
Use One blade for cross-cutting and one for general purpose use
Blade size 10-inch
Anti-vibration Computer balanced to reduce vibration

2. IRWIN Marples 10-Inch Triple Grind Saw Blade

Best Table Saw Blade for Acrylic

IRWIN Marples 10-Inch Circular Saw Blade, Triple Chip Grind, 84-Tooth (1807381)
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If you have acrylic kitchen worktops to fit, this blade is the one to use. It is less refined than some of the other blades, but it is more versatile. It cuts Corian, non-ferrous metals, as well as plastic piping and gutters.

This blade has 84 carbide teeth and is coated in a heat resistant, non-stick coating to prevent gumming while in action. It also means that the blade stays free of sawdust, meaning you have less cleaning to do.

Why We Love It

Versatile

It is the go-to blade for general carpentry work on the job site. Because it cuts an array of materials, you can get the job done faster without having to swap out the blades.

Non-Stick Coating

This blade is specially treated to stop it binding when in use, which is useful for avoiding kickbacks. Also, the coating prevents the blade from overheating. This preserves the life of the blade.

Keep In Mind

Not for Fine Woodworking

These blades cater to many materials, like Corian and melamine. Therefore, they are not suited to finer detailed work like dados and framing.

Additional Specs

Teeth 84
Kerf Thin
Max RPM 7,000
Cost $$
Carbide-tipped Yes
Use Corian, laminate, acrylic, plastic, non-ferrous metals
Blade size 10-inch
Anti-vibration Precision tensioned

3. Makita 10-Inch Micro Polished Saw Blade

Best Table Saw Blade for Woodworking

Makita A-93681 10-Inch 80 Tooth Micro Polished Mitersaw Blade
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If you are looking for a blade to tackle all manner of woodwork, then this Makita is the one to choose. It has ultra-grain carbide teeth that get honed to 600 grit for a smooth finish. This means that when you want a neat finish, this blade delivers it.

It has a thin kerf, so it should be suitable for less powerful table saw motors. And because it has a thin kerf, it is easier to handle. The precision engineering of this blade means it is suitable for plywood, hardwood, as well as softwood.

Why We Love It

Ultra-Smooth Blades

The blades get honed to produce a mirror-like surface. This is designed to give you the neatest cuts possible, as well as being versatile for making crosscuts and bevel cuts.

Thin Kerf

The thin kerf means that the blades are easier to handle and suitable for table saws with less than three horsepower motors. They also don’t heat up as much, which preserves the life of the carbide blades. Plus, these blades are a good fit for novices to learn their craft.

The Price

The price is excellent. When you consider that some table saw blades can set you back $100 to $150, this blade from Makita is a fraction of the price. It means that if you are a novice, you can get started on a project for a small amount of money.

Keep In Mind

The Blade Is Noisy

While we accept that table saws are not the quietest power tools, this blade makes a whining noise that is unusual even for saw blades.

Blunts Quickly

For the price, don’t expect too much from this blade in terms of staying sharp. It dulls reasonably quickly, although it can be resharpened if you want to avoid the expense of buying replacement blades. Just be aware that each time you sharpen it, the carbide coating wears off.

Additional Specs

Teeth 80
Kerf Thin
Max RPM 5,870
Cost $
Carbide-tipped Yes
Use Hardwood, softwood, plywood
Blade size 10-inch
Anti-vibration Precision hand tensioned

4. Forrest Woodworker II 10-Inch Kerf Saw Blade

Best Premium Table Saw Blade

Forrest WW10407125 Woodworker II 10-Inch 40 Tooth ATB .125 Kerf Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor
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If you have the cash to spend, this Forrest Woodworker II is going to leave a hole in your pocket. It is almost double the price of the Irwin blade and over seven times the amount of the DeWALT blade.

So, who is going to spend this much on a table saw blade? Professionals who want the very best will buy this blade. It caters to cross and rip cuts, leaves minimal backside tearout of plywood, and the finish is so smooth you’d think it was sanded.

That’s what you are getting for the price-tag. This is the premium choice, but in truth, it is also a contender for the best table saw for woodworking.

Why We Love It

Versatile

Crosscuts, rip cuts, and even sheet plywood, this blade is the ultimate woodworker’s best friend. And because the teeth have C-4 carbide, they stay sharp for longer.

Quality

This blade screams quality. It is hand tensioned, and hand sharpened to get the finest finish. Also, if you suffer blunting of the teeth, Forrest even offers a service to hand-sharpen the blade back to like-new condition.

Makes Rip Cuts

Not many blades can make cross and rip cuts and not compromise the finish. This blade makes rip cuts up to 2 inches deep. It means you save on not having to buy a separate blade for the task and time swapping out the blades.

Keep In Mind

The Cost

The price of this blade is as much as it costs to buy some premium power tools. So, the price will surely put off some DIY enthusiasts. However, it falls to professionals to stump up the price for this blade.

Additional Specs

Teeth 40
Kerf Full
Max RPM 7,000
Cost $$$
Carbide-tipped Yes
Use Hardwood, softwood, plywood
Blade size 10-inch
Anti-vibration Precision hand tensioned

5. Freud 10-Inch Heavy-Duty Rip Blade

Best Table Saw Blade for Ripping

Freud 10' x 24T Heavy-Duty Rip Blade (LM72R010)
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This Freud heavy-duty rip blade has 24 high-density carbide teeth that leave the stock so smooth after cutting that there is no need to sand the surface. It is Perma-Shield, non-stick coated to reduce the drag of the blade, which reduces the pitch build-up.

Freud has laser-cut anti-vibration vents into the blade to reduce sideways motion and overall vibration. And because it has a protective coating, blade warp is kept to a minimum.

This is a rip blade designed for serious woodworkers.

Why We Love It

Anti-Vibration Vents

Laser-cut anti-vibration vents prolong the life of your blade and protect your table saw from wear and tear. When blades cut, they vibrate. And sometimes, the vibration leads to sideways movement. Anti-vibration vents stop this from happening.

Perma-Shield

Freud has developed this special coating to increase lubrication, decrease resistance, and to minimize heat build-up. Heat kills table saw blades because as they warm, they dull.

Glue-Line Precision

Glue-line precision means the cut is so precise that you could glue the two pieces together without the need to sand. If you like making neat rip cuts, this blade will do the job.

Keep In Mind

The Blade Dulls

Because of the nature of work this type of blade does, you may find the teeth dull quicker the more you rip cut.

Neat But Not That Neat

While the blade cuts with precision, it will never match a blade with 80 or 90 teeth for neatness. So, when we say it’s neat, we mean for a rip cut blade.

Additional Specs

Teeth 24
Kerf Full
Max RPM 8,000
Cost $$$
Carbide-tipped High-density carbide teeth
Use Rip cut and crosscuts. Plywood, hardwood, softwood, composites, laminate
Blade size 10-inches
Anti-vibration Laser-cut anti-vibration vents

6. Concord Blades 10-Inch General Purpose Blade for Hard and Softwood

Best Table Saw Blade for Cutting Hardwood

Concord Blades WCB1000T080HP 10-Inch 80 Teeth TCT General Purpose Hard & Soft Wood Saw Blade
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With 80 teeth, this blade is the ideal candidate for cutting hardwood. It also cuts softwood, exotic wood, and abrasive wood. It’s what we call a general-purpose saw blade, so if you work with wood, this blade would be a good fit for you.

The clever design of this thin kerf blade increases the feed pressure of the stock while reducing waste. And because it’s a thin kerf blade, it puts less strain on the saw motor and reduces heat build-up.

Why We Love It

General Purpose Blade

When working mainly on wood, a multi-use blade is invaluable. It saves you precious time because you don’t have to keep swapping blades. This blade is a true woodworker’s friend.

The Price

The cost of this blade is ridiculous; it seems almost too cheap. It retails at half the price of the DeWALT blade combo set, and a massive seven and a half times less than the Forrest premium choice blade.

Fits Chop, Miter, and Circular Saws

This saw blade is versatile, fitting a host of bladed power tools. It means that you can swap out the blade from your table saw to a miter saw and get the same precise results.

Keep In Mind

Not the Best Quality

Given that the retail price is so low, it might be worth buying these blades in bulk as they dull pretty quickly. Also, check the compatibility of your table saw as these blades don’t fit all models. SawStop is one that springs to mind.

Not American Made

Unlike DeWALT, IRWIN Tools, and Freud, these saw blades are mass-produced in China. This might not mean a lot to you if you focus on the price solely. However, those who like to buy American-made goods when they can may not choose this blade.

Additional Specs

Teeth 80
Kerf Thin
Max RPM 5,350
Cost $
Carbide-tipped Titanium carbide tipped teeth
Use General wood use. Hardwood, softwood, exotic wood, abrasive wood
Blade size 10-inches
Anti-vibration N/A

7. Forrest Duraline 10-Inch Melamine and Plywood Blade

Best Table Saw Blade for Plywood

Forrest DH10807125 Duraline 10-Inch 80 Tooth HI-A/T Melamine and Plywood Cutting Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor
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This Forrest Duraline table saw blade has 40 percent stronger C-4 carbide teeth. Its teeth are designed to last 300 percent longer during sharpenings. It also removes the need for two-stage finishing (jointing and sanding are not required).

With this blade, you can rip and crosscut 2-inch hardwood. It will even cut ply-veneers of oak and birch without a bottom splinter when on moderate speeds. This is the best blade for sheet ply and other large stock.

Why We Love It

Strength

With 40 percent stronger carbide teeth, this blade will make light work of hardwoods and even oak veneers. Cutting for extended periods would usually dull the blades, but with this; you should see the blade sharpness last.

Ideal Woodworkers Blade

This blade handles large sheet materials like melamine and plywood. As such, it’s the perfect tool to use when working on kitchens and bespoke furniture.

Removes the Need to Sand

This Forrest blade has 80 teeth, so it cuts so smoothly that you end up with a glue-line finish. There is no need to sand the surface to clear away blemishes.

Keep In Mind

The Price

This blade is extremely expensive, so for the money, you would expect it to be the best. At seven times the price of the Concord blade, this Forrest blade is going to appeal to professionals rather than the domestic DIY community.

Additional Specs

Teeth 80
Kerf Full
Max RPM 7,000
Cost $$$
Carbide-tipped C-4 carbide teeth
Use Crosscuts, rip cuts, melamine, plywood, oak veneers, birch, veneers
Blade size 10-inches
Anti-vibration N/A

Table Saw Blade Comparison Chart

Product Best Teeth Kerf Max Rpm Cost Carbide-tipped Use Blade size Anti-vibration
DeWALT Miter/Table Saw Blade Value 60 & 32 Thin Not stated $ Yes Cross-cutting, general-purpose use Anti-vibration Teeth
IRWIN Marples Triple Grind Saw Blade Acrylic 84 Thin 7,000 $$ Yes 10-inch Teeth Kerf
Makita Micro Polished Saw Blade Woodworking 80 Thin 5,870 $ Yes 10-inch Kerf Max RPM
Forrest Woodworker II Kerf Saw Blade Premium 40 Full 7,000 $$$ Yes 10-inch Max RPM Cost
Freud Heavy-Duty Rip Blade Ripping 24 Full 8,000 $$$ High-density carbide 10-inch Cost Carbide-tipped
Concord Blades General Purpose Blade Hardwood 80 Thin 5,350 $ Titanium carbide 10-inches Anti-vibration Use
Forrest Duraline Melamine & Plywood Blade Plywood 80 Full 7,000 $$$ C-4 carbide 10-inches N/A Blade size
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How to Change a Table Saw Blade

1. Cut the Power

Never change the blade with the machine plugged-in and switched on. Once you have done this, remove the throat plate and blade guard.

2. Raise the Blade

Raise the blade to its maximum height. This makes it easier to get to when you need to lift it out.

3. Loosen the Arbor Nut

Using the wrenches that came with the table saw, loosen the arbor nut and the blade locking nut.

You pull the wrench forward to loosen and reverse this action to tighten. Now would be a good time to engage the blade stop if your saw has one. This stops the blade rotating while you loosen it.

4. Swap the Blade

Remove the blade and swap it for the new one. Remember to tighten the blade locking pin as well as the arbor nut. And always replace the throat plate and blade guard.

To check the blade sits square, take a scrap piece of lumber and make a crosscut. Then place the two ends of the wood together. If you can see a gap, the blade is not square.

How to Clean a Table Saw Blade

What you will need:

  • A large flat container.
  • Laundry detergent.
  • Soft wire brush.
  • Water.
  • Paper towels.

One the blade is removed, follow these steps:

1. Examine the Blade

Check the blade for staining or sticky resin from the wood. This is difficult to remove, so it may require additional scrubbing before placing it in the water. You need to get the resin off because this will cause kickback as your blade binds with the wood.

2. Submerge the Blade in Water

Gently place the blade into the water and add a squirt of laundry detergent. Place your finger in the center hole and swirl it around the dish. Then leave to rest for five to ten minutes.

3. Use the Brush

Scrub the surface of the blade to remove any remaining stains and debris.

4. Dry the Blade

Make sure when you lift the blade from the water, that you dry it thoroughly. Water and steel do not mix. You don’t want rust forming on the blade. Use a thick kitchen towel or an old towel to achieve this.

If you want to make sure the blade is dry, let it air-dry for 30 minutes before returning it to the saw.

How to Sharpen a Table Saw Blade

What you will need:

  • A diamond saw blade.
  • Goggles.
  • Facemask.
  • Gloves (optional).

1. Remove the Dull Blade

Follow the stepped guide above on how to remove the dull blade from your table saw. At this point, don your face mask and goggles for safety.

2. Fit the Diamond Saw Blade

Following the steps highlighted above, insert the diamond saw blade into the table saw. Make sure you don’t over tighten the arbor nut as this will buckle the blade.

3. Offer the Blade up to the Diamond Saw Blade

If you have a blade with teeth facing the same direction, you can sharpen the blade in one pass of the diamond saw blade. However, if you have a combination blade, then you will have to work methodically, sharpening the blades facing one way, and then flipping it over to do the blades facing the other way.

Start the diamond blade spinning and gently offer up the old blade. Allow the diamond grit surface to contact the dull teeth briefly. Then move onto the next one.

4. Repeat the Process

Continue working through the dull blade until all the teeth feel sharp. Make sure the inner edges of the teeth are in contact with the diamond saw blade.

When done, shut down the diamond blade and switch it out with the now sharpened saw blade using the steps highlighted earlier. Always have some scrap wood to test its sharpness.

Top Tip

To make sure you have completed a full cycle of the blade, mark the first tooth with a marker. That way, you will know you have completed the task when you get to the first tooth.

The Final Cut

As we said at the start, your table saw is only as good as the blade you use. It makes no sense to have all that power and precision at your fingertips and waste it all by using a substandard blade.

So, the next time you shop for a table saw blade, consider what blade you want. That way you can get the best quality for your budget.

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About the Author

Mark Weir

Mark spent 24 years working in real estate, so he knows his way around a home. He also worked with contractors and experts, advising them on issues of planning, investments, and renovations. Mark is no stranger to hands-on experience, having renovated his own home and many properties for resale. He likes nothing better than seeing a project through to completion.
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