Ever wondered how saw blades are designed?
Well, there is no “one” right way to design a saw blade as there are many different types and each one serves different purposes. However, there are things to consider before a saw blade design is finalized for production.
Here are some of them:
- Shape. A saw blade’s shape is usually based on how its teeth look and how it will grind against a surface. A good saw blade should have a straight grind. Else, its cut quality and blade speed will be affected.
- Size. This is determined upon checking its gullet, which is the space between the tips of a saw blade’s teeth. It should not leave any kind of residue from what’s being cut. Else, the residues will just build up over time at its sides and insides and might cause overheating due to blockage.
- Thickness. A saw blade’s thickness is usually classified into two kinds: full-kerf and thin-kerf. Full-kerf blades are 1/8 thick and used for 3 hp-powered motors, while thin-kerf blades are below 1/8 thick and used for less than 3 hp-powered motors.
- Tension. This is determined upon checking its authenticity, which is the basis of a saw blade’s overall build. It should have a little ring effect when a finger is thumped on the blade and hanging it through the assigned machine hole. Else, it will affect the cut quality due to wobbling.
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To recap, a good saw blade should have a straight grind and should not wobble. It should also be easily cleaned up and doesn’t leave any kind of residue after being used. Aside from that, its thickness should be based on which machine it would be incorporated with.
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