Circular saws are a powerful and potentially dangerous piece of equipment. For this reason, it is essential that you have a strong understanding of which type of saw blade is best suited to the type of material you are to cut. This will make the saw more effective and minimise waste, as well as increasing the safety of anyone who uses it. On this page, we give you an overview of which Makita circular saw blades are best suited to different types of material, and discuss some of the options available to you.
For cutting wood.
The best option available is the standard circular saw blade when cutting timber or wood composite. These are made of teeth and gullets, and the number of teeth determines the blade's operating speed - fewer teeth can spin faster, but you get less precision. The gullets are there to facilitate the removal of wood chips.
Some blades feature expansion slots to help prevent warping, reducing vibration when the blade is in operation. You also need to consider things like reduced kick-back design and anti-friction coatings.
The 3 main types of standard Makita circular saw blades are rip-cut, cross-cut and combination blades:
Rip-cut blades: used for cutting wood along the grain, with fewer teeth and deep gullets.</li>
Cross-cut blades: used to cut across the grain, featuring more teeth for cleaner cuts and shallower gullets.</li>
Combination blades: used for going with and against the grain, with groups of teeth separated by deep gullets to combine rip-cutting and cross-cutting.</li>
Other specialised standard circular saw blades include framing blades, plywood blades, thin-kerf blades and hollow-ground blades. They each have unique features for specific tasks, so might be the perfect choice for your needs.
For cutting tile/slate.
Continuous rim blades are best for this type of job. They are a group of saw blades with diamond tips that can cut a range of stone-like materials with great precision and a clean finish. There are no teeth on these blades, and they can be used in both wet and dry conditions. If you choose to purchase a continuous rim blade, be sure that you know which applications it is suitable for as there are some that are only designed for dry conditions, and some that are only supposed to be used in the wet.
Cutting brick or concrete.
Turbo rim blades are a strong choice for this application. They are diamond-tipped, like the continuous rim blade, but the rim is serrated. Consequently, you get a far more aggressive cut that doesn't leave such a clean finish. There are variations of this blade for wet and dry conditions, as with the continuous rim, so take care when making your purchase.
You could also use segmented blades, which feature diamond tips and deep gullets similar to those on a standard saw blade. This results in the most aggressive cut available with any diamond-tipped blade, which can be applied at higher speeds. You get a rougher cit, and the cutting line is less fine than with other blades. Again, there are variations for wet and dry applications.
The Makita range.
Makita circular saw blades come in the brand's own range of types. You get the Makblade and Makblade plus options, or the Mforce, Maforce and various specialised blades. Every branded product is a selection of saw blades suited to a variety of tasks, so you will need to explore a little to find the blades you need. The specialised Makita B09765 saw blade, for example, is a 305mm designed for use with metal. Its specially-formulated carbide tips are optimised for precise, fast cutting, and it is resistant to impact breakage to ensure you get a long lifespan out of it. You also get low spark emission and minimal dust for increased efficiency while you work.
Getting it right with Makita.
Circular saws, regardless of what type of blade is being used, are dangerous pieces of equipment, particularly in the hands of someone with little experience. As such, it is particularly important that you match the blade you purchase with the application it will be used for. If you have the right blade for the job, you protect yourself and anyone else who might use the machine, as well as the machine itself. If you feel you need to know more about saw blades and their applications, do your own research to help find the right circular saw blades for your work.
Makita means quality in every product, and the Makita range of circular saw blades is rich with diverse, powerful options to choose from. Take advantage of one of the leading brands in tools of all types, and get your circular saw working to its full capacity on the job.