Every woodworker knows that no two saw blades are alike, and you need to be sure you select the right one for your project. One of the features to look for in a particular saw blade is the blade’s kerf — or the width of the material that is removed when cutting. This is determined by the width of the blade’s carbide teeth. Certain kerfs are suitable for different projects.
What Is a Thin Kerf Saw Blade?
A thin kerf saw blade is a saw blade with carbide teeth that are 3/32 inches wide. This thinness allows for less wasted wood and less sawdust. Thin kerf blades are best used with thin-strip ripping projects and will rip your wood to the exact width needed. It will also put less strain on your motor since there is less material being removed. These saws are ideal for motors under three horsepower.
What Is a Full Kerf Saw Blade?
A full kerf saw blade is a saw blade with 1/8 inch wide carbide teeth, so it is about 1/32 inch thicker than the thin kerf blade. It is less affected by heat during cutting and will not bend, so there’s no blade deflection.
When to Use a Thin Kerf Blade
Use a thin kerf blade for projects that require a lot of thin-strip ripping. Because thin kerf blades are less wasteful, it leads to greater material and cost savings. You can buy the minimum amount of wood needed for your project and expect it to last. It also provides the opportunity to use exotic, costlier woods for your projects, since you will spend less on the wood up front and not waste it during cutting.
When to Use a Full Kerf Blade
A full kerf blade’s thickness makes it sturdy and durable. It also allows for precise cuts, even on thick pieces of wood. These blades are best used with saws with three horsepower or more since they can handle its larger size easier.
Not Sure What to Buy?
If you are unsure if full kerf or thin kerf blades are right for you, feel free to reach out to Luxite Saw. We’ll help you determine if our blades will work with your saw. Get in touch by calling 1-800-233-1969.