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The Crucial Role of Saw Blades


October 4, 2023 | Dan Wellens

In the world of woodworking, precision is paramount, and the choice of tools can make all the difference. Among these tools, saw blades stand out as the unsung heroes of the craft. While they may seem like simple circular pieces of metal with teeth, their technology has evolved significantly, with companies like Freud America Inc. and Leitz Tooling pushing the boundaries of innovation to enhance blade performance. Let’s highlight the importance of selecting the right saw blade for your woodworking project and explore how these companies are making strides in carbide cutting.

Saw blades are the workhorses of woodworking, responsible for shaping, cutting, and carving various materials. Using the wrong blade for a specific application can result in subpar results, wasted materials, and even damage to your machinery. It’s like trying to use a butter knife to cut a steak; it simply won’t work well. Therefore, understanding how varying tooth geometry and kerf will enhance cutting performance. Be sure to identify whether your blade is meant for crosscut or straight line ripping applications. This will greatly improve the outcome of your cuts.

Pro Tip:  Not all blades are created equal. 

When I first started woodworking I would grab the cheapest 12” (or applicable) saw blade from my local big box store. I was unaware of what quality actually was. I would invite you to try Leitz Brilliance Cut Saw Blades – with x20 life enhancement and noise reduction. It is truly my favorite saw blade. 

Freud America Inc. has been at the forefront of saw blade technology for years. Freud’s dedication to improving the longevity and performance of their carbide cutting tools has earned them a solid reputation among woodworking professionals. By meticulously designing their blades to match the intricacies of various wood types and cuts, they ensure that woodworkers get clean and precise results every time.

Leitz Tooling is another company that has made significant contributions to the world of saw blades. Their commitment to quality and innovation is evident in the carbide cutting tools they produce. Leitz blades are engineered to withstand the rigors of demanding woodworking tasks while maintaining their sharpness. This not only improves the efficiency of the woodworking process but also saves time and money by reducing the need for frequent blade replacements.

One of the key innovations driving improvements in saw blade longevity is the use of carbide. Carbide is a hard and durable material that can withstand the high stresses and temperatures generated during cutting. By strategically placing carbide teeth on the blade, companies like Freud America Inc. and Leitz Tooling ensure that the blade maintains its sharpness over a longer extended period.

As saw blade technology may seem simple, it plays a crucial role in woodworking. Choosing the right blade for the job is paramount to achieving precision in your projects. So, next time you embark on a woodworking project, remember the unsung hero—the saw blade—and make sure you’ve chosen the right one for the job. Visit and utilize the Product Finder Tool to research what cutting blades are best for you.


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