What To Look For In A Miter Saw Blade

Using the best miter saw will only get you so far if you’re not using the correct blades.

So, what can you do to make sure that the miter saw best blades are the ones you have in mind? What do you look for?

We are here to help.

Here are a few simple tips to help you make sure you get the right blade for your project.

  • Generally, miter saws are sold with an all-purpose blade that is fine for rougher cuts in construction but not what you will want to use for clean and smooth cuts. Instead of using the 20 to 40-tooth blade that came with your saw when it was purchased, you are going to want a blade with a higher tooth count. If you have a miter saw that measures 10 inches you will want a blade with 80 teeth. If your miter saw measures 12 inches you need a larger blade that has more teeth. A blade with 100 teeth is good in this instance

Staying with the plan to make sure you have a good blade, you will also want to pay attention to the hook angle on the blade. When you are working on something and the cut doesn’t need to be super smooth, you can probably get away with the blade that came with your saw. These blades usually have a hook angle that is positive and above 10°. These blades will cut your wood, but will leave the edges rough. If you need a cut with smooth edges, you want a blade expressly made for this job. Blades with a negative hook angle will easily and smoothly cut through your wood. The best general purpose blade will have a hook angle that falls between -5 degrees and 10 degrees