Best Circular Saw Blade for Hardwood (Take Down Hardwood with Ease)

Most woodworkers take softwood as the raw material for a lot of their projects. Still, they have to come back to hardwood when the structure (or whatever it is they’re building) needs to be solid and dependable.

I get the sentiment behind not wanting to work with or go anywhere closer to hardwood. The word “hard” is right there in the name! And trust me, ripping through hardwood clean without messing it up can be, as the name suggests, pretty “hard”.

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Besides, when you’re trying to get this job done with a circular saw, it can turn into pandemonium. Why? The problem is that even top-tier circular saws will run into a lot of trouble if they’re not equipped with the right blade.

It’s like sending your soldier into war with a steak knife against an enemy that has tanks! So, if you want results, and I mean measurable, high-quality results with a circular saw, there’s no alternative to getting the best circular saw blade for hardwood.

Once your main-man (i.e., the circular saw) is all geared up with the perfect blades, hardwood ripping won’t seem as hard.

Anyways, not all blades are suitable for hardwood. Even all appropriate blades are not of the same caliber. So, I’ve decided to share my experience with hardwood-ripping blades. I’m going to list the blades I’ve taken down hardwood with, and show you what qualities a blade should possess to go mono-a-mono with hardwoods.

Best Circular Saw Blade for Hardwood

Now, I’ll present all the top-notch blades I’ve used to rip through hardwood. Not only will I highlight the merits of each blade, but I’ll also point out the shortcomings. This way, you’ll get a complete idea of what to expect from the blades listed here.

1DEWALT DWA161240 Hardwood Circular Saw Blade

DEWALT DWA161240 Circular Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATING:
(4.0/5)
CUTTING EFFICIENCY:
(5.0/5)
DURABILITY:
(4.0/5)
COMPATIBILITY:
(4.5/5)
PRICE:
(4.5/5)
avarage :
(/5)

If you’ve looked into the list of 7-1/4 circular saw blades I put up, you already have an idea about my fascination with DeWalt. I’m not a biased fan by any means. The reason I hold DeWalt tools to a high standard is that the performance is always consistent. The DeWalt DWA161240 is no exception.

When I was checking this blade out for the first time, what caught my eye instantly is the teeth count. It has 40-tooth. So, it’s perfect for ripping through hardwood. Compared to the general-purpose 60-tooth saw blades, this has more oomph.

Usually, dedicated rip blades for hardwood have flat-top bevels. However, the DeWalt has alternate top bevels. While it means there is a little compromise on ripping strength, the versatility you get from an alternate top bevel (ATB) more than makes up for it.

Also, the distance between each tooth is perfect for working with hardwood. I never ended up ruining the edges when working. This blade also sports DeWalt’s patented body slots. It does add a lot of comfort as the gaps in the body reduces vibration.

I must say, the build quality is excellent as well. You’d ideally want a carbide-tipped blade when you’re up against hardwood. And that’s what you get here- tungsten-carbide. So, the blades can handle the tough exterior of hardwood and survive.

Plus, the 0.065-in kerf size is slightly higher than the usual 0.06-in. That’s another advantage because even a marginally thicker kerf size will help the blade shred through hardwood. However, the blade is a 6-1/2. While it’s not a drawback per se, the cut depth won’t be as deep as you can get from a 7-1/4.

The only problem in this otherwise all-around blade is that a stray nail attack may take it down. If the nail is old and weak, the blade will pull through. But a fresh and stubborn nail can break a few teeth.

Tungsten carbide blades should in theory handle nails, but this one may fall short. So, exercise caution and you shouldn’t have any trouble.

Specifications
BRRAND:DEWALT
WEIGHT:7.4 OUNCES
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎7.78 X 0.4 X 8.34
MATERIAL:TUNGSTEN CARBIDE
NUMBER OF TEETH:40
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:WOOD
NUMBER OF PIECES:40
INCLUDED COMPONENTS:‎6 1/2
Pros
  1. Alternate top bevel makes the blade versatile
  2. 40-tooth and space between each ensures powerful cuts
  3. Idea kerf size to minimize material loss
  4. Tungsten-carbide blades can handle wear and tear with ease
  5. Reduced vibration thanks to patented body slots
Cons
  1. The teeth will have trouble against tough stray nails
  2. Cut depth isn't as deep as a 7-1/4

Verdict: I’ve used a lot of DeWalt blades for my woodworking project, and I can vouch for the DWA161240 as well. It has all the standard features you’d want in a hardwood-ripping blade and more. The alternately beveled teeth also make this blade quite versatile. So, if you don’t have any compatibility issues, this blade can take care of different projects.

2Freud D0760A Diablo Hardwood Circular Saw Blade

Freud D0760A Diablo Circular Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATING:
(4.8/5)
CUTTING EFFICIENCY:
(4.5/5)
DURABILITY:
(5.0/5)
COMPATIBILITY:
(4.8/5)
PRICE:
(4.8/5)
avarage :
(/5)

Although the Freud D0760A Diablo put up a great fight, it was just not enough to make it number one on my list of the best. Now, some of you may disagree with me in my decision and some of you may not.

But let me tell you one thing, if I was talking about any other type of wood except for hardwood, I would’ve put the D0760A in number one position. I believe I owe you guys an explanation about the entire matter. So, without further ado, let’s hop into it.

Honestly, the blade is without a doubt one of the finest on the market. It has a diameter of 7-1/4-inches with a 5/8-inches arbor. Furthermore, the blade features TiCo™ Hi-Density carbide, which increases the overall performance and makes it suitable for various jobs.

What I liked most about the blade is its Perma-SHEILD® feature. It means the product comes with a unique non-stick coating that protects it from corrosion, gumming, and heat. Usually, the teeth or the tips of a blade are vulnerable to damage; however, it’s not the same case for the D0706A due to its tri-metal shock-resistant brazing.

While checking out the blade, I’ve observed that it comes with a hardened steel body. Hence, I was quite sure that the blade would last for years and I wasn’t wrong. Apart from that, the max rpm of the blade is 8000. Due to the thin cutting kerf of only 0.059-inch, the sawblade can provide clean and precise cuts with the least amount of effort.

Now, what ticked me off about the blade is the number of teeth. As you all know, the fewer teeth the better it is for cutting hardwood. As the D0760A comes with 60 teeth, it falls a little short in terms of proficiency, when compared to the DEWALT DWA161240.

Specifications
MANUFACTURER:FREUD
WEIGHT:4.8 OUNCES
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎1 X 7 X 7
SIZE:‎7-1/4 INCHES
MATERIAL:‎CARBIDE
CUTTING DIAMETER:‎7.25 INCHES
MEASUREMENT SYSTE:‎METRIC
ASSEMBLED DIAMETER:‎7.25 INCHES
Pros
  1. Offers precise and clean cuts
  2. Suitable for oak and maple wood
  3. Durable and lasts for a long time
  4. Features a max rpm of 8000
  5. Can be used to cut different types of wood
Cons
  1. Not the best for other types of hardwood
  2. The red coating tends to peel off over time

Verdict: Even though the blade has a little more teeth than you want it to have, it is still remarkable due to all its other features. I’ve used my one for oak and maple wood, and I must admit cutting them was a bit difficult but the cuts were precise to the point.

3TWIN-TOWN TTW71460 Hardwood & Softwood Saw Blade

TTW71460 Hardwood Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATING:
(4.8/5)
CUTTING EFFICIENCY:
(4.5/5)
DURABILITY:
(5.0/5)
COMPATIBILITY:
(4.8/5)
PRICE:
(4.8/5)
avarage :
(/5)

In my journey to find the best circular saw blade for wood, I’ve tested out God knows how many blades. Some of them were exceptional while some were just garbage. The TWIN-TOWN 7-1/4-inch saw blade falls in the exceptional row. I’ve to say, it’s been a delight using the product; let me tell you why.

Similar to the last product I mentioned, this blade also comes with 60 teeth. Yes, it makes the hardwood cutting process a bit tough and lengthy, but you should know the more the teeth the precise the cut.

The overall design of the blade looks amazing; however, it is not restricted to appearance only. What I mean is the product features C4 grade tungsten carbide teeth, which increases its durability and longevity. This allows the blade to last 3 times longer than anything you’ll get with 11 bucks or even 20.

Due to the thin 0.07-inches kerf design, the blade can provide smooth, fast, and clean cuts. Although I’ve noticed some minor tears around the back, I was able to reduce and almost eliminate them easily by using some tape.

Apart from that, the maximum RPM you can achieve with the blade is 8300. It is more than enough to slice down even the thickest of wood. I liked the fact that the blade was not only compatible with my circular saw but also my table, and miter saws.

If you look a little closer, you will see that there are four laser cuts with equal distance around the blade. These are known as stabilizer vents, which work to reduce vibration and noise. They also keep the blade cool and protect it from warping.

Specifications
BRAND: TWIN-TOWN
WEIGHT:8.4 OUNCES
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎10 X 9.5 X 0.5
MATERIAL:CARBIDE
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:NGINEERED WOOD
SIZE:7-1/4 INCHES 60T
MAX RPM:8300
KERF:1.8MM
Pros
  1. Laser-cut vents reduce vibration and noise
  2. Features high rpm for stronger cuts
  3. Durable and lasts 3 times longer
  4. Budget-friendly
  5. Suitable for different types of saws
Cons
  1. It may generate minor tears around the wood's back
  2. Not the sharpest blade I've ever used

Verdict: Although the unit is a bit costly than the other blades I’ve mentioned so far, it is still one of the best on the market. It is silent as smoke and tends not to vibrate at all.

GLOBAL RATING:
(4.8/5)
CUTTING EFFICIENCY:
(4.5/5)
DURABILITY:
(5.0/5)
COMPATIBILITY:
(4.7/5)
PRICE:
(4.4/5)
avarage :
(/5)

The next on my list of the best saw blade for hardwood is the Freud D1050X Diablo. It was actually my friend who recommended the blade. He mentioned that this one comes with a buck load of features, and if I’m being completely honest, it does.

Let’s start with the basics first. The blade comes with 50 teeth and has a 5/8-inch arbor. As you can see in the pictures, it comes with a red paint coating, giving it a sleek appearance. Additionally, the ATB teeth design allows the product to provide clean and precise cuts.

Apart from that, the blade comes with micrograin titanium carbide, which not only allows it to last longer but also makes it durable. The carbide tips feature tri-metal shock-resistant brazing. This enables the blade to endure heavy impacts, resulting in maximum durability.

If you take a closer look, you’ll see some stabilizer vents. These vents work to reduce blade warp, trap vibration and noise. As for cutting accuracy, the blade features thin 0.98-inch kerf and heat expansion slots. What the slots do is, make the blade expand when it generates heat during heavy-duty work.

While using the product, I’ve noticed that the arbor is unique on its own. It is made to reduce wear and vibration, which ensures efficiency while working.

Nevertheless, I came across a problem during my experience with the blade. Although it can rip through hardwoods very quickly, the process itself was not smooth. Plus, the blade did cost a little more than usual.

Specifications
BRAND:FREUD-DIABLO
WEIGHT:0.3 POUNDS
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎ 14.7 X 12 X 0.2
MATERIAL:BLEND
STYLE:BASIC
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:ENGINEERED WOOD
ARBOR SIZE:5/8 INCHES
BLADE SPEED RPM:7000
BLADE DIAMETER:10 INCHES
WARRANTY:LIMITED LIFETIME
Pros
  1. Extremely durable and long-lasting
  2. Resistant to heavy impacts
  3. It doesn't produce any sound or vibration while working
  4. Can slice through hardwood very quickly
  5. The heat expansions slots ensure cutting accuracy
Cons
  1. It is not very smooth when it comes to ripping through dense hardwood
  2. A bit expensive

Verdict: Although the unit is a bit costly than the other blades I’ve mentioned so far, it is still one of the best on the market. It is silent as smoke and tends not to vibrate at all.

5IRWIN 4935560 7-1/4-Inch Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blade

GLOBAL RATING:
(4.8/5)
CUTTING EFFICIENCY:
(4.5/5)
DURABILITY:
(5.0/5)
COMPATIBILITY:
(4.7/5)
PRICE:
(4.4/5)
avarage :
(/5)

I was in the mood for a bit of experimentation; so, I took a long shot and tried out a metal cutting circular saw blade to slice down hardwoods. My experiment started with me purchasing the IRWIN (4935560) and honestly, I was quite sure that it would be a waste of investment but much to my surprise it wasn’t.

In fact, it worked much better than I thought and I was able to take down a lot of pesky woods with the help of the blade.

Okay, so the first thing you need to know is that the blade is mainly meant for thin metals; however, you can use it to chop down hardwoods, softwoods, etc. It has an overall diameter of 7-1/4-inch and 68 sharp teeth for precise cutting jobs.

Once I looked into the teeth, I saw that these are made up of carbide. Hence, there is no doubt about the durability of the blade. Additionally, the teeth come with anti-kickback shoulders, which reduce spark and dust production during cutting jobs. Thus, it increases the overall safety while working.

Apart from that, the blade can provide precise and clean cuts due to the laser-cut anti-vibration vents on the surface. These vents reduce vibration and noise while cutting wood and allow you to have a smooth experience.

Although, the vents are supposed to reduce noise; they don’t work quite well. Therefore, whenever I was using the blade, I had to wear some kind of hearing protection. Furthermore, I used to wear goggles as well because there was some tiny shrapnel coming out of the wood.

Specifications
BRAND: IRWIN
WEIGHT:0.78 POUNDS
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎ 9.61 X 8.11 X 1.01
SIZE:7 ¼ INCHES
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:ALLOY STEEL – METAL
TEETH QTY:68
CUTTING DIAMETER:7.25 INCHES
MAX RPM:1800
Pros
  1. Carbide teeth ensure durability
  2. 68-teeth for accurate cuts
  3. Laser-cut vents reduce vibration production
  4. Anti-kickback shoulders for minimum dust buildup
  5. Can be used to cut thin metals as well
Cons
  1. Generates a lot of noise
  2. It can produce tiny shrapnel

Verdict: Even if the product is not the best saw blade for cutting hardwood flooring, it still does wonders when you are working with normal hardwoods and other types of wood. I’ve noticed that it works decently when used on thick hardwood.

6Rockwell RW9282 High Speed Steel Compact Circular Saw Blade

Rockwell RW9282 Hardwood Circular Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATINGS:
(4.5/5)
VALUE OF MONEY:
(4.3/5)
LONGEVITY:
(4.3/5)
avarage :
(/5)

In one part of my search, I’ve tested out many budget-friendly circular saw blades. Among all of them, I deem the Rockwell RW9282 worthy of purchase. Maybe it is not the most solid or efficient saw blade on the market, but it still gets the job done despite its very low price.

As mentioned on the surface blade or the painting, the blade is about 4-1/2-inch in diameter. It comes with 60 teeth and a thin kerf; therefore, the blade can provide smooth and accurate cuts.

The maximum rpm the blade can withstand is 10000; so, even if you own a heavy-duty circular saw, it shouldn’t be a problem because the sawblade can take it. You should remember the product is meant for minor jobs and thin materials. If you plan to use it on dense hardwood, it will be a complete waste of time.

A few things I would like to warn you about the blade is that it is not meant for professional use. If you use it regularly or for tough tasks, it will dull out faster than the speed of light.

However, if your ultimate goal is to work on small projects or thin surfaces, then this is the cheapest blade you’ll ever find. So, if you have some left-over tasks and want to spend the bare minimum to do it, this blade is your go-to item.

Specifications
BRAND:ROCKWELL
ITEM WEIGHT:4.8 OUNCES
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎0.59 X 7.09 X 5.51
MATERIAL:STEEL
CUTTING DIAMETER:4.5 INCHES
ASSEMBLED DIAMETER:‎4.5 INCHES
COLOR:ORIGINAL VERSION
NUMBER OF TEETH:60
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:WOOD; ALUMINUM; PLASTIC; METAL
Pros
  1. It can be used on multiple materials
  2. Comes with thin kerf to ensure clean cuts
  3. Extremely budget-friendly
  4. Lightweight
  5. It can also be used with a Worx saw
Cons
  1. The blade is not suitable for dense materials
  2. It dulls and wears rather quickly

Verdict: As I said earlier, this is not a blade for professionals and you really don’t want to use it for heavy-duty projects. The blade is meant for small stuff and the best part is it is cheaper than a Big Belly Burger.

7Overpeak Hardwood Circular Saw Blade

Overpeak Hardwood Circular Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATINGS:
(4.5/5)
ACCURACY:
(4.5/5)
VALUE OF MONEY:
(4.5/5)
LONGEVITY:
(4.3/5)
avarage :
(/5)

Next is the Overpeak circular saw blade, which also falls under the budget-friendly section of my list of the best. This one is loaded with features and you’ll be quite amazed to see the potential it has despite being very cheap.

First of all, the blade is made up of tungsten carbide, which is known to be the best material for sawblades. In my experience, tungsten carbide allows a blade to last for a very long time but it wasn’t the case for the Overpeak Sawblade.

Although the blade features Permashield coating to reduce heat buildup and friction, it still didn’t do a great job in increasing the longevity of the unit. The reason behind its short lifespan could be because of poor-quality material.

Nonetheless, the 7-1/4-inch blade has 40 teeth and a unique tooth design to ensure cutting performance. While using the product, I had no difficulty slicing down even the toughest of woods. However, it did leave a little shred when I was working on hardwoods. As a result, the cuts were not as smooth and precise as I thought they would be.

On the other hand, there are 4 stabilizer vents and 4 expansion slots, which work to trap vibration and noise and keeps the blade cool to protect it from warping.

Specifications
BRAND:OVERPEAK
ITEM WEIGHT ‎:7.8 OUNCES
DIMENSION (INCHES):‎9.6 X 8.9 X 0.7
SIZE:‎7-1/4INCH
MAX RPM:8200
ARBOR SIZE:5/8 INCHES
NUMBER OF TEETH:40
MATERIAL:‎CARBIDE
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL:ENGINEERED WOOD; WOOD
Pros
  1. Unique teeth design increases cutting performance
  2. Expansion slots and stabilizer vents reduce noise; vibration and blade warping
  3. Cost-efficient
  4. It can be used for multiple projects
  5. Sharp blades are able to slice down wood quickly
Cons
  1. Not the most durable sawblade
  2. Leaves shreds on hardwood if not taken precautions

Verdict: Although the product is one of the cheapest on the market, it is still packed with many useful features. Maybe it isn’t the most suited for some people but it is enough to satisfy the needs of many.

8 Whirlwind USA MGSB Circular Saw Blade for Wood and Hardwood

 Whirlwind USA MGSB Hardwood Circular Saw Blade
GLOBAL RATINGS:
(4.5/5)
ACCURACY:
(4.4/5)
VALUE OF MONEY:
(4.4/5)
LONGEVITY:
(4.3/5)
avarage :
(/5)

Even though I have chosen the Whirlwind USA MGSB saw blade as the last item on my list, it isn’t in any way worse than the last two blades I’ve mentioned. Usually, the last means the worst but it’s not the same case here.

Okay, let’s start with the general specifications of the unit. Initially, it has a diameter of 7-1/4-inch, a 5/8-inch arbor, and 60 teeth. It is made up of alloy steel; thus, it can provide sharp and fast cuts to most wood surfaces.

Due to the alternate left and right teeth design, the blade can ensure smooth, precise, and clean cuts. I’ve used the blade for crosscutting and ripping hardwood and softwood. I noticed that the blade can take down 1-inch thick softwood and 3-1/2-inch thick hardwood. I could’ve used thicker woods but I didn’t want to risk it.

Apart from that, the blade has a 1.2mm thin kerf, which ensures minimum material waste. It also allows the blade to remain true to its cut. The unit also comes with four stabilizer vents to reduce the production of noise and vibration.

While working with the blade for a few weeks regularly, I noticed that during the second week it had lost two or three teeth and on the third week the blade became quite dull. However, I have no regrets as the blade was quite cheap and I did put a lot of pressure on it.

Specifications
WEIGHT:‎9.6 OUNCES
DIMENSIONS (INCHES):‎10 X 10 X 0.1
SIZE:7 1/4-INCH
TEECH QTY:60
MAX RPM:9000
MATERIAL:‎ALLOY STEEL. ARBOR SIZE:
KERF DESIGN:1.2 MM THIN
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL: WOOD
Pros
  1. It is compatible with different types of saws
  2. Suitable for a wide range of wood types
  3. It produces minimum noise and vibration
  4. Value for the money
  5. Due to the lower hood angle; the overall surface quality of the cut improves
Cons
  1. Prolong usage can dull the blade
  2. It may lose some teeth after a few weeks of work

Verdict: Considering the price and value, the blade is by far the best saw blade for hardwood flooring. Yes, it is not the toughest of blades but it will get the job done and save you some extra cash.

Buying Guide – What to look for buying circular saw blades for hardwood?

Behind the creation of this list is a lot of research, tests, lucky breaks, and disappointments. The more blades I tried, the more I realized that there’s a pattern to all of it. Every best circular saw blade for hardwood will have certain common features in them, that the subpar blades just won’t. So, the interesting “pattern” that I’ve discovered in this test-and-fail journey is what I’m about to share now.

How Many Teeth Does It Have?

The first factor you should look into is the teeth count of a blade. There’s a pretty simple rule of thumb here- the higher the teeth count, the sharper/finer the cut, and the lower the teeth count, the more powerful the cut.

So, if you want the blade to rip through hardwood with ease, you should go for low teeth. However, a lot of manufacturers aim for versatility and don’t want their blades to only be locked into one task. That’s why getting a blade with anything below 40-teeth would compromise your blade’s versatility.

If you want to find the sweet spot between flexibility and power, go for blades with a teeth count of 40-60. You can go higher or lower depending on the job you’re about to take on. If you know how to change a circular saw blade, you can switch between different projects.

Bevel Shape and Design

Next on the menu is the shape of the blade’s bevel. The way a blade’s bevel is angled has a direct impact on a blade’s performance. Although a blade can come in many bevel shapes and designs, you have to look out for two different types-

  1. Flat-top bevel (FTB)
  2. Alternate top bevel (ATB)

The first option or the flat-top bevel is a better option when it comes to shredding hardwood. The flat-top can penetrate the thick and dense surface of hardwood without putting too much pressure on both the blade and the circular saw.

On the other hand, an alternate top bevel is a versatile option. In an alternate top bevel design, all the teeth do not face the same direction. In the simplest terms, if one tooth faces south, the tooth next to it faces north. That’s how alternate top bevel works. Anyways, these blade designs are better if you want to make both crosscuts and rip cuts. While rip cuts are the hardwood hunters, you can use crosscuts to get some variety.

The point is- alternate top bevel sacrifices power for versatility. So, whether you want raw power or more cutting options is up to you. I’ve got a separate article detailing the different circular saw blade types. You can check it out.

The Material Used

The construction of a blade is also another key factor you should consider. My preference is tungsten carbide blades. However, any other carbide-tipped blade will work for most projects as well. The reason you should go for carbide-tipping is- this particular coating has enough oomph to resist wear and tear.

No matter how state-of-the-art your blade is, it’ll eventually lose its sharpness with prolonged use. Still, blades with a better build will likely last way longer than blades made with low-grade materials. How you use the blade and the circular saw will also affect the durability.

So, the keyword you should look for in the best saw blade for hardwood is “carbide”.

Compatibility Check

Even a power-packed corded circular saw blade will be nothing more than a decorative tool if it doesn’t fit your circular saw. The blade you choose should be compatible with the circular saw you’re using. So, check the manufacturer notes to see whether the blade can work together with your circular saw.

Most of the blades I’ve listed above will fit a lot of circular saws, especially the newer models. If you have an old circular saw, I’d recommend looking into your circular saw’s compatibility list to make sure you get it right.

Another concern is the size of the blade. If your circular saw can accommodate 7-1/4 blades, you shouldn’t get a 6-1/2. Once you get the proper blade size and check the manufacturer notes, there shouldn’t be any trouble regarding compatibility.

Any Extra Features

I always welcome any and all additional features a product can offer. However, you have to weigh the extra features against the price, and whether or not the features are worth the price you’re paying.

For instance, the DeWalt DWA161240 has body slots, unlike other circular saw blades. The body slot feature is exclusive to DeWalt blades. What does it have to do with you, right? The extra body slots can reduce vibration by a noticeable margin.

All professional woodworkers, including me, are painfully aware of vibration issues. If shelling out a few extra bucks can control excessive vibration, I say go for it. Why? Because extreme vibration will/can damage your hands and nerves. So, better be safe than sorry.

Price Validation

Although this factor is from page one of the “smart buyers” book, I’m still going to put it out here. Whenever you’re trying to get a circular saw blade, you need to sit back and think about whether you’re getting value for the money you invest.

  • There’s a very simple way of calculating the value. Just ask yourself these following questions:
  • What are you going to use the circular saw and the blade for?
  • What kind of project do you have in hand and how much do these projects mean to you?
  • How much experience do you have using a power tool?
  • Are you setting realistic expectations for the blade you purchased?

I would suggest you take a moment to think about these questions.

Note: Circular saw blades aren’t super expensive. So, it’s okay to forgo this entire question-answer routine and just get a blade that has decent reviews and falls under your budget. So, these questions are only for people who are hardcore woodworkers and would think five times before spending a penny on any accessories.

Kerf Size Matters

I’ve seen a lot of woodworkers ignore this aspect. And what does it lead to? It leads to a loss of materials. So, what kerf size you get is not something you should look past. The ideal size is 0.06-in. Now, that’s an average. It has to be adjusted according to your project.

Let me break it down for you.

High kerf size: A bigger kerf size will let the blade rip through hardwood or any other wood for that matter. However, a bigger kerf size would allow the blade to cut hardwood with ease. But there’s a catch. You’ll lose some materials because of the kerf size.

Low kerf size: A lower kerf size, as you’ve guessed it, will have a harder time going through hardwood. But it’ll save material. Now, hardwood is expensive. Even saving 1/8th of premium hardwood will add up if you keep doing it over and over.

So, the bottom line here is- you should take this decision based on your target. Do you just want to rip that hardwood to shreds? Or do you want to be gentle with the hardwood and save some of it? The choice is yours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There aren’t a lot of questions people ask about circular saw blades for hardwood. So, I’m just going to answer the two questions I’ve heard over the years here.

How to pick a circular saw blade for hardwood?

I’ve already explained the entire selection process in the buying guide above. Just look into these factors I’ve pointed out and you shouldn’t have any trouble buying your next blade.

Remember, whatever the price or feature may be, all of it means nothing if it doesn’t get the job done. So, when you’re looking for the best circular saw blade for hardwood, but the features/specifications/performance against the woodworking project you have.

How to rip hardwood flooring with a circular saw?

This question is pointing towards a specific cut- the rip cut. Honestly, table saws handle rip cuts better than circular saws. But you can do it with a circular saw if you have the know-how.

The only issue people have while ripping hardwood using a circular saw is holding the board steady. So, use an 8D nail to hold the hardwood piece together. Then, measure the length you want to cut with tape. Use a marker or an extra board or a guide rail to keep your cut in line. Get your circular saw, adjust the cut depth, and let it rip. One more thing, go slow. Circular saws aren’t as powerful as table saws. So, give the blade some time to cut through.

Note: If you’re curious about how a circular saw differs from a table saw, hop on to this article to learn more.

Take the “Hard” Out of Hardwood

If you’ve read the article up to this point, you’re already on your way to becoming a DIY expert on circular saw blades for hardwood. Once you understand the process of selecting a circular saw blade for hardwood, dealing with hardwood won’t seem like “hard”.

I’ve outlined everything you need to know to make an informed decision. While I do encourage you to do your own homework and get the right blade for your needs, a lot of people want to know what I use or prefer.

If I had to bestow the title of the best circular saw blade for hardwood to one blade from this list, I’d go for the DEWALT DWA161240. It’s a flexible blade that’ll not only take down hardwood, but you can use it for other cutting jobs as well.

While there are more “dedicated” blades on this list that’ll do a better job of cutting hardwood, the versatility of DEWALT DWA161240 is what made me choose it over others. Plus, DeWalt has stellar customer support. So, you won’t be left stranded if things go south.

Still, this blade isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead of going for a blade that’s “best” in general, you have to go for one that’s “best” for you.

So, know what woodworking project you have, what kind of hardwood you’re dealing with, what type of cut you need, and what model of circular saw you have, and you’ll have your own version of the best circular saw blade for hardwood.

About Jose Wilson

Hi, I am Jose Wilson. I am an avid DIY woodworker. I love to try out new woodworking tools. In over 6 years I have tried several wood working tools including circular saws, table saws, chain saws, and jigsaw among the rest. My inspiration came from watching my dada work. I also learned that many people didn’t quite understand how to use these tools. Today, I have helped so many people to learn the use, benefits, and how these DIY woodworking tools operate. I have created a number of work-tools related posts, built websites, and developed social media pages. Follow me here to learn more.

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