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11 Types of Circular Saw Blades & Their Uses [With Pictures]

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A Circular saw is a multifunctional tool that can be used for cutting different materials depending on the blades. You have to choose the blades as per your nature of work. What materials are you cutting and what kind of cuts do you need to perform with a circular saw? That's what really matters!

There are varieties of circular saw blades available. Each and every type carries its specialty to a specific material while some are considered to be versatile but they have flaws.

It is advised to woodworkers, especially to the beginners and hobbyists, that never choose multipurpose blades as they are not considered best for newbies and might not last for long, always go for blades that have specialty to the material you are cutting with the circular saw.

11 Types of Circular Saw Blades

Enough with the elaborations! Let's get back to the topic: what are the circular saw blade types and their uses?

Standard Circular Saw Blades

Blades with teeth are the most used blades which you may find in daily life as the experienced persons and the beginners both groups of woodworkers used them quite often.

Blades with fewer teeth cut the materials very fast on the other hand blades having more teeth provide a fine finish to the job. More blade teeth mean that a single tooth cuts less amount of wood.

1. Ripping Blades

DEWALT Circular Saw Blade, 8 1/4 Inch, 24 Tooth, Framing & Ripping (DWA181424)
  • Exclusive, patent-pending toughtrack tooth design for accurate tracking over the life of the blade
  • Made from high-density tungsten Carbide for toughness, wear-resistance, and long life
  • Tough coat anti-stick coating reduces friction and gumming
  • Thin kerf design for smooth cuts
  • Reinforced shoulder for impact resistance in nail-embedded wood

These blades have fewer teeth, usually somewhere b/w 24 to 30.

This number may change with the diameter of the blade as 10 inches blades have 40 to 50 teeth. The gap between teeth has been extended a bit to rip across the grain faster without grinding it. These blades are used to rip hardwood materials and keep them clean too.

2. Combination Blades

Circular Saw Blade, 40 Teeth, Combination
  • Precision balanced
  • Product Type: SAW BLADE
  • Package weight: 0.794 kg
  • No batteries required
  • A high quality every day blade for both rips and cross cuts on a variety of woods ATB, 5/8” arbor, 3mm kerf, rake angle 15°,...

These are multipurpose blades used to cut with the grain or across the grain. Having combinations of five teeth divided by throttles, which removes the residuals from woods. These blades are mostly used to cut the hardwoods, softwoods, and plywood.

3. Plywood and Sheet Blades

PORTER-CABLE 4-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Blade, Plywood Cutting, 120-Tooth (12057)
  • Extends blade life
  • Reduces need for final finishing
  • Includes one blade in pack

Mostly used to cut thin materials as they are not that strong to bear the roughness of cutting instruments, for this sake a special blade is designed to cut these materials smoothly. It can also be used for other sheet materials like plastic and fibers. These blades have larger teeth numbers, 100 or more sometimes.

4. Cross-Cutting Blades

Freud LU88R010 10-Inch 60 Tooth ATB Thin Kerf Crosscutting Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor and...
  • Specs: Arbor 5/8", Diameter 10", Grind ATB, Hook Angle 15°, Kerf .090", Plate .071", Teeth 60
  • Premium TiCo HI-Density Carbide Crosscutting Blend for Maximum Performance
  • Positive Hook Angles produce a smoother cut and allow for a faster feed rate
  • Thin Kerf reduces waste and feeds easier
  • Perma-Shield Non-Stick Coating reduces blade drag, protects the blade from corrosion and pitch build-up.

These blades are used to cut across the wood grain for example dividing long chips board into two parts without losing the cleanliness of edges. This type of blade has many teeth (48 or more) a small gap is maintained between every tooth that keeps the wood edges neat and clean and finishes the job very well.

5. Hollow Ground Blades

DEWALT Circular Saw Blade, 7 1/4 Inch, 140 Tooth, Wood Cutting (DW3326)

The healthiest member of the blade family. Its composition is slightly different from other blade types. This blade carries a thicker body profile as compared to its teeth, which really keeps the binding away and the blade goes through the material quite smoothly.

6. Thin Kerf Saw Blades

WEN BL6556 6.5-Inch 56-Tooth Carbide-Tipped Thin-Kerf Professional ATAFR Track Saw Blade with PTFE...
  • Featuring a 6. 5-inch diameter (165 mm), a 20 mm arbor, and a rating of up to 9000 RPM
  • Non-abrasive heat-resistant PTFE coating stays cool to prevent workpiece burns for a higher-quality cut
  • ATAFR (Alternate Top Alternate Face with Raker) carbide-tipped teeth provide smoother and faster cuts
  • Ultra-thin 1. 5 mm kerf (1/17-inch) provides clean and efficient cuts
  • Compatible with the majority of 6. 5-inch track saws on the market, including the WEN CT1065 Track Saw

This blade comes with carbide 3/32 inches wider teeth. This thinness keeps the wood intact and cuts it accurately. These blades create less mess around the workspace and wastage of material is also limited.

Thin kerf saw blades help out underpowered saws because every single tooth of the blade takes smaller wood bites eventually reduces the motor work.

7. Segmented Blades

Bosch DB564 Premium Plus 5-Inch Dry Cutting Segmented Diamond Saw Blade with 7/8-Inch Arbor for...
  • 7/8 in. Arbor
  • Designed to cut fast in hard materials
  • Tensioned steel core for stability
  • Consistent diamond Content and even distribution

These blades have diamond edges but their rim is divided by large gullets like ground hollowed blades. The segments roughly cut the materials. It is used quite often whenever speed is more important than a cleaner finish. These blades are divided into two categories one of them works for dry cutting while the other is prepared for wet cuttings only. It has the cutting ability for hard materials like concrete and ceramics.

Unconventional Circular Saw Blades

Mentioned above blades are multi-functional blades. They can cut either material like wood, plastic, and other light metal sheets. Choose your desired blade wisely by understanding the nature of your work and also make an assessment of your circular saw working capabilities. Further in this article, we will be discussing the toothless blades which are prepared for specific materials like glass, heavy metal strips, and ceramics tiles

8. Abrasive Blades

DEWALT DW3521B5 7-Inch High Performance Masonry Cutting Abrasive Saw Blades, 5-Pack
  • Premium silicon carbide grain for long life and fast cutting
  • Proprietary material mix ensures durable long life wheels
  • 2 full sheets of fiberglass for durability and safety
  • Diamond knockout arbor for use with worm drive saws
  • Heavy duty cutting of concrete and other masonry materials

These are rough blades made of aluminum oxide. Uses friction to cut heavy metals like steel and iron. Specifically used in a circular saw and frequently used in grinding machines, abrasive blades present high power and destructive behavior to the heavy metals

9. Turbo Rim Blades

GoYonder 4.5 Inch Diamond Tile Blade Super Thin Turbo Rim Concrete Porcelain Saw Blade with 7/8"...
  • BEST SIZE--Size: 4.5" Rim height: 7 mm. Compatible with all angle grinders and hand-held power saw with 7/8” arbor
  • CLEAN AND SMOOTH CUTTING--GoYonder diamond saw blades with turbo continuous rim design which offer fast, smooth cutting and...
  • WET AND DRY CUTTING-These concrete diamond saw blades are universal for dry or wet cutting.
  • LONG LIFE--Hot pressed and super thin design provide long life
  • Multiple Applications--Diamond blade can be used as a granite blade, ceramics tile blade, porcelain tile blade, and masonry blade,...

Quite similar to the abrasive blades but have a little difference of composure, that these blades have notched rims. It is used to cut hard materials like bricks and ceramics tiles. Some of them work for dry cuttings only and some are suitable for both dry and wet cuttings. Turbo rim blades do not provide cleaner finishes but these blades are more aggressive as compared to abrasive ones.

10. Continuous Rim Blades

DEWALT Diamond Blade for Block and Brick, Dry/Wet Cutting, Continuous Rim, 7-Inch (DW4712) , Black

These blades are also named diamond blades. Prepared to work on materials like glass and ceramic tiles, diamond tips are placed on the continuous rim blade edges which go through the materials quite smoothly and provide the cleanest finish among all other family members.

11. Stacked Dado Blades

DEWALT Dado Blade Set, 8-Inch, 24-Tooth (DW7670)

These are sets of blades that include two saw blade types like chippers and shims, frequently used for making grooves into the wooden pieces of several dimensions. These blades are designed for table saws only.


The user's benefit relies on the blade and circular saw. Everything cannot work properly as some circular saw are not comfortable with certain types of blades, even if all of the things are going fine there is a minimal chance of loss or accident.

Considering safety top priority, users should take care as a whole which means all the elements should be looked after properly according to the working natures for the sake of work efficiency and protection combined.

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