Jigsaw blades buying guide
Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield62 guides
Choosing the right jigsaw blades is essential for anything to cutting a work top, hardwood floors or relatively soft metals such as aluminum or plastic. Shape, denture, length, steel HSS or bimetal: from wooden blades to metal blades, here are our tips for a nice smooth cut!
Jigsaw blade: what type of fitting?
According to its brand and its type, your jigsaw has a quick fixing system dedicated to receiving compatible blades. On modern electric machines, attaching these blades is often done without tools.
What are the characteristics of jigsaw blades?
- Hard steel HSS (High Speed special), used in elements such as drill bits;
- Bimetal, HSS HCS alloy (High Carbon Steel);
- Chrome vanadium is often used in wrenches;
- Tungsten - toothless blade, one face covered with tungsten carbide powder.
What blade for which material?
The most common blades have upward facing teeth, meaning that the blade cuts upwards. The sawdust chips are ejected from the top and can therefore be recovered by means of a vacuum cleaner fixed to the rear sleeve of the jigsaw, designed specifically for this purpose. This also means that the cut will be thicker towards the top of the surface. If possible, you can trace the cut on the wrong side (less precision) or place an adhesive on which the cut is made. Alternatively, there are also downwardly toothed blades and double-toothed blades. Their use requires a little training.
Wood and Laminated Blade
Plastic and PVC blade
Blades steel and non-ferrous metals
If you have fine-toothed blades in your array, they should be reserved for the hardest metals. While aluminum, copper and brass will not be a problem, cutting steel is worth a bit of attention in terms of how to go about it. Cutting steel thickness 1 to 8 mm is do-able. When using the finest toothing, a low speed is preferred, without forgetting to use a cutting oil dedicated to this metal, or else the blade can be heated and carbonized. Stainless steel can also be sawed with the right lubricant.
Blades for ceramic and glass
In these instances, we use blades without teeth. The front face covered with tungsten carbide layer which can pierce, without any trouble, tiles and ceramic. It is advisable to place a little water right next to the cut. For glass, the operation is more delicate but if you're left with no other option, special glass cutting oil is availabl, although it is better to do a test run first.
For the amateur hobbyist to the experienced professional or anyone that is simply curious, follow the links below for related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
- How to choose your jigsaw?
- How to choose your drill?
- How to choose your drill bits?
- How to choose your wrench and sockets?
- How to choose your carpentry and joinery tools?
- How to choose your metal cutting machine?
- How to choose your grinder?
- How to choose your kitchen work top?
- How to choose your hardwood floor?
- How to choose your lubricant, grease or oil?
- How to choose your vacuum cleaner?
- How to choose your chip vacuum cleaner?
- How to choose your interior floor tiles?
- How to choose your wall tiles?
- How to choose your tools for working with tiles?
- How to drill tiles?
And to work safely:
Michael, Professional and passionate welder, Sheffield 62 guides écrits
I was trained as a pipe worker and welder and worked in the industry for 15 years, going all over the UK for large-scale projects. When I decided it was time to stay closer to home - to have time for my own DIY - I took over a local metal shop and eventually went on to become head of a professional engineering firm.
I'm retired now, but I haven't stopped working with my hands. I recently built my own metalwork studio at home - a lifelong dream! I use my welding skills to make sculptures and bespoke furniture. With my studio, I managed to find a piece of paradise where I can let my imagination run wild.
I also love going around to local auctions and boot sales. I always find some interesting old object or tools that I can add to my collection or transform into works of art.
Now that I have the time, I've turned my hand to decorating, painting on canvas and gardening. I'm always developing new technologies and tools to bring my ideas to life. And I'm always happy to give others advice on how they can make their dreams a reality, too!
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