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When choosing band saw blades, there are many factors you need to consider. There are eight different blade qualities that each has an effect on the quality of your work: length, width, blade material, gauge, tooth type, tooth rake/shape, tooth form, and pitch. In this handy guide we will go over what each of these qualities means and how they affect the way the band saw blade cuts.

· Length- Having a band saw blade that is too short or too long for your saw can prevent you from creating the proper tension or from getting it on your saw. Make sure that you are purchasing the correct blade length for the saw that you own.

· Width- You can make three basic cuts with a band saw: resaw, rip, and contour. Each one requires a certain blade width.

o Resaw- For this type of cut you need the widest blade possible that you can still tension correctly.

o Ripping- For ripping, you can use the same width criteria that you use for resaw cuts.

o Contour- For contour cutting, you need to choose the widest blade that will still cut the diameter as tightly as you need.

· Blade Material- Choosing a material for your band saw blades is a pretty straightforward task. You simply need to weigh the durability of each material against the type of materials that work best for the type of cuts you need to make.

· Gauge- Gauge is the thickness of the backing material. It is often called thickness on charts. The gauge determines the beam strength and the amount of absolute force needed to get the correct tension on the blade.

· Tooth Set- The teeth on the blades will bend outward to the left or right of the blade centerline. The amount that they bend outward determines the set. Band saw blades with a higher set are ideal for contour cuts.

· Tooth Rake/Shape- The rake of the teeth refers to the shape. Most band saw blades have a 0 rake or a slightly positive rake. A 0 rake blade has teeth that point straight up and down, while a positive rake bends slightly forward. Positive rakes are more aggressive than 0 rake.

· Tooth Form- There are three types of tooth forms: standard, skip, and hook.

o Standard- This blade has evenly spaced teeth that are close together with 0 rake and small gullets.

o Skip- This blade is more aggressive than the standard. It has the same rake as a standard but every other tooth is missing creating large gaps.

o Hook- This is the most aggressive blade of the three. It features a positive rake and skip tooth blade. This is best for heavy ripping and resawing and leaves a rough finish.

· Pitch- Pitch is the number of teeth per inch. The more teeth per inch that you have, the smoother your finish will be.

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