Saw Blades Photo Glossary

Saw Blades for Wood, Metal, Aluminum & More

Before buying saw blades, it’s good to refresh your saw blade terminology to make sure you get what you need. This saw blade glossary defines the many different saw blade terms that you need to know when you purchase, or start working with saw blades.

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Acrylic Saw Blades

This saw blade is used to cut acrylic & plastic materials.

Adjustable Dado Saw Blades

Consists of two carbide tipped saw blades with chippers of different widths in between. Can be adjusted by using different size width chippers or multiple chippers with smaller adjustments made by adding shims

Adjustable Scoring Sets

Scoring sets produce clean, chip free cuts in double-sided material such as melamine and laminate.

Aluminum Saw Blades

The aluminum saw blade is used for cutting aluminum & other non-ferrous metals.


The shaft which turns the saw blade, driven by a motor. The arbor size of a saw blade varies in many sizes. Also called a mandrel.

Bench Saw Blade

See Table Saw Below.

Cabinet Saw Blades

A cabinet saw blade is used with this large and heavy table saw. The mechanism incorporating the saw blade mount allows for tilt and height adjustments.


A particularly hard metal compound that holds a sharp edge for long periods of time. There are various standards of carbide in different strengths.

Carbide Tipped Circular Saw Blades

A saw blade with cutting edges (teeth) made from carbide. A circular saw blade is a metal disc with jagged teeth on the edge. The disk fits into a machine which causes it to spin. Used to cut wood and other materials.

Chop Saw Blades

Synonym for Miter Saw Blades.

Combination Saw Blades

A combination saw blade is one blade used for both ripping and crosscutting wood.

Continuous Rim Diamond Saw Blades

These saw blades are circular steel blades with diamond impregnated grit on the rim. The rims contain a mixture of metal powder, diamond powders and industrial diamonds of different sizes and qualities, depending on the different types of material to be cut. Used to cut concrete, cinderblock, marble, ceramic tile and slate.

Cordless Circular Saw Blades

A battery powered saw.

Crosscut Saw Blades

A crosscut or cut-off saw blade is designed to cut wood at a right angle. The cutting edge of each tooth is angled back with a slanted edge, allowing each tooth to cut through the wood like a knife.

Dado Saw Blades

A dado saw blade is a circular blade used to making groove cuts of different widths in wood fitting into the groove the edge of another piece of wood to make a joint.

Demolition Saw Blades

The Demolition Saw Blade can cut through most building materials (roofing, shingles, wood, nails, sand and other non-ferrous materials).

Ditec™ Saw Blades

Exclusive Ditec™ carbide tips last 2-3 times longer than standard carbide tipped saw blades. Thr laser cut saw bodies with expansion slots produce low noise levels.

Double-Sided Melamine Saw Blades

Specifically designed to cut melamine chip-free on both sides provided that your table saw fence is square to the blade and the arbor is running true.

Dry Cut Metal Saw Blade

A saw blade designed to dry-cut steel and other some other metals.

Euro-Ripping Saw Blades

Designed for ripping hardwood and softwood, these blades cut fast and smooth. The flat top grind and the high positive hook angle reduce feed effort.


Fine Cut-Off & Crosscut Saw Blades

Ideal for cutting materials with fragile surface layers such as plywood and laminate. The high tooth count yield smooth finishes.

Heavy Duty Non-Ferrous Metal Cutting Saw Blades

Designed for cutting non-ferrous metals such as brass, copper and aluminum. The rugged design makes it suited for rough, abusive applications such as hurricane shutters.

Hollow Ground Saw Blade

A hollow ground saw blade is specially designed to make smooth cuts in melamine and other coated boards without the need for scoring. (A negative hook angle is particularly suitable for vertical panel saws and horizontal sliding table saws.)

Edgebander Saw Blade

An Edgebander saw blade is a replacement trim saw blade for edgebanding machines. Most machines require two blades.

Festool® Compatible Saw Blades

Saw blades that are designed to fit Festool® (and other track saw machines). These blades are comparable to the original Festool® saw blade specifications

Framing & Decking Saw Blades

Faming and decking blades are excellent for building decks. They offer a thin kerf design which puts less stress on your saw and wastes less material.

Fine Tooth Saw Blade

The number of teeth a blade has will affect both how neat a finishing cut it can make, and its slowness.

General Purpose Saw Blades

Cuts a wide variety of materials. General Purpose blades are designed to effectively rip and crosscut so that you can continue working without changing saw blades.

Glue Line Ripping Saw Blades

With the Glue Line Ripping saw blades you rip, then glue. There's no need for sanding or jointing after the cut.

Hollow Ground Saw Blades

Specially designed saw blades for exceptionally smooth cuts in melamine and other coated boards, without the need for scoring.

Holz-Her® Panel Saw Blades

Saw blades designed for the Holz-Her panel saws.

Industrial Saw Blades

Heavy duty saw blades.

Melamine Saw Blades

Saw blades used to cut through Low Pressure Laminate (LPL) also known as Melamine.


See Arbor.

Metal Chop Saw Blade

miter saw blade that can cut metal.

Miter Saw Blades

A miter saw blade is suspended on rollers in a metal guide which allows for making accurate crosscuts and miter cuts. Miter blades are replaceable.

Non-Ferrous Saw Blades

Saw blades that can cut metals containing little or no iron, also known as aluminum.

Panel Saw Blades

A panel saw blade cuts melamine, plywood, aluminum, plastic and wood sheets into sized parts. Often used for cabinets & signs.

Plastic Cutting Saw Blades

This saw blade is used to cut acrylic & plastic materials.

Plate Jointer Blade

A plate jointer blade is a small tungsten carbide tipped circular saw blade. It is used to cut a crescent shaped hole (a.k.a. mouth) in the opposite edges of two pieces of wood to create a biscuit joint.

Plywood / Laminate Saw Blades

These saw blade leaves a smooth, clean, chip-free finish on the top and bottom edges of plywood and laminates.

Radial Arm Saw Blades

An overhead machine generally used for crosscutting. A radial arm saw is often used to cut a 90º angle, but it can swing to any position.

Rip Saw Blades

A rip or ripping saw blade is designed to cut into wood like a chisel. The front edges of the teeth are flat without any angle. This allows for a straight cut to be made along grain lines.

Saw Blade Bushings

Metal disc inserted into bore of saw blade to reduce bore size.

Scoring Saw Blade

A scoring saw blade is used on panel saws with separate scoring units for chip-free cuts on both sides of the material.

Sliding Table Saw

A sliding table saw blade is a circular saw blade that is mounted on an arbor. The blade sticks out through the surface of a sliding table which makes cross cutting easier and safer while providing support for the material being cut.

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Blades designed specifically for sliding compound miter saws. Great for making picture frames.

Solid Surface Saw Blades

Blades designed for cutting solid surface materials such as Dupont®, Corian®, Wilsonart®, Gibraltor® & Fountainhead®.

Steel Cutting Saw Blades

Specially designed carbide grade resists breakage & lasts longer than standard carbide or abrasive discs.

Table Saw Blades

A table saw blade is a circular saw blade that is mounted on an arbor. The blade sticks out through the surface of a table, providing support for the material being cut.

Thin Kerf Saw Blades

A thin kerf saw blade creates a narrow cut in the material requiring less power from the machine and creating less wasted material. Excelllent for picture frames.

Trim Saw Blades

A trim saw blade is used in a trim saw which is a small circular saw that is easier to move around while working. Can also refer to larger saw blades with a high tooth count, which trims and sizes veneers, laminates and wood with a smooth finish.

Saw Blade Quality

Each Amana Tool® saw blade is carefully manufactured to ensure smooth, vibration free cuts with minimal feed resistance. Amana uses large European micro-grain carbide tips for repeated sharpening and extra-long tool life. Each carbide tip is precisely ground for optimum geometry and tool performance.

Amana laser-cut steel plates are carefully hardened and remain flat and true through the life of the saw blade. Laser-cut expansion slots keep the blade running true regardless of the working conditions. And the copper plugs keep turbulence and noise to a minimum. Large gullets efficiently remove saw dust and chips from the kerf to keep resistance to a minimal.

Amana Tool industrial saw blades are among the finest produced anywhere.

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