Can I Use a Smaller Blade on My Circular Saw?

When it comes to circular saws, there is a wide range of blades that you can choose from. Selecting the right blade can not only give you the perfect cut that you are looking for but also save you from a ton of unnecessary labor.

For this reason, most of the rooky woodworkers have a common question in mind – “can I use a smaller blade on my circular saw?” Remember, even the top-shelf circular saw will fall short if the blades aren’t right.

So, to ease your mind, you can definitely use a smaller blade. But it depends on the following criteria:

  • type of blade
  • blade size and cut size
  • type of saw

To get a better understanding I will be discussing in detail the specifics behind using different sizes and types of blades in this article.

can i use a smaller blade on my circular saw

Blade Types

For circular saws, there is a large array of blades that can be used. Each type of blade is made with a mixture of materials to get the desired cut. So, whether you are woodworking or metal making, you can use any of the following types of blades for your project.

  • C – This type is a carbide blade. It can be used on non-ferrous metal, chipboard, softwood, and hardwood. It gives smooth and delicate cuts. You can also use it for cutting plastic.
  • C1 – C4 – These range of blades are also made out of carbide. The C1 and C2 have better impact resistance and are much coarser in texture. But the C3 and C4 are finer in design. Although they are more durable than C1 and C2, they cannot have much impact.
  • TC – Some may also refer to them as TCT blades. This type is made out of tungsten but is tipped with carbide. It is well-suited for woodworking. You can use them for cutting designs on softwood, hardwood, chipboard, and even composite material.
  • Chrome – It is used for more heavy-duty work. The blades are coated with chrome and are used for sawing through double-sided melamine boards.
  • HCS – The high carbon steel blade can be used for making other blades.

Teeth Guide

Apart from the material, the type of teeth of the blade also has an influence on the smoothness of the cut. There are primarily three different types.

  • Alternative top bevel

In the bevel teeth, the blades are designed in such a way that the alternating teeth are oriented in right-hand and left-hand bevels. These blades can cut through dense material like hardwood. They can make both light rip cuts and crosscuts. It is mostly used by those who are interesting in carpentry.

  • Negative hook angle teeth

This type of teeth chips slowly through the material. The tip flanks backward that considerably reduces the speed of the blade. In comparison to any other type of blade, the negative hook angle is much safer to handle. They are ideally used for radial arm saws and miter saws.

  • Nail resistant teeth

It is made out of soft carbide material. It is shock absorbent and can cut through tough materials. It is also known as demolition lumber or, at times, scrap lumber.

Size Of the Blade

Before I dive into the size of the blade, it is important to know that, depending on the type of saw, there is a limit to the size of the blade that can be used. You can find the necessary details mentioned in the instruction manual. So, refer to it before you opt for a different size. Make sure that you are not using a size that is either bigger or smaller.

Typically, handheld circular saws carry small size blades. The diameter of the blades comes within the range of 5 to 12 inches. For a corded circular saw, the minimum size that you can use is 7 ¼ inches. And for a cordless circular saw, the range is between 5 3/8 to 6 ½ inches.

But, if you want deeper cuts, then choose a larger saw. You can always choose a radial arm saw, table saw, or even a compound miter saw. They can easily accommodate blades that are 10 to 12 inches.

Final Words

In the end, to answer your question,’ can I use a smaller blade on my circular saw?’, I have given you an in-depth knowledge of the criteria based on which you can switch the blades. You can easily go for a smaller or a bigger blade.

You also need to know how to change the blade if you want to keep switching.

However, you should always remember to go through the user’s manual to ensure that you are within the recommended range. If you want to make finer cuts, then you can always choose a smaller blade. I hope this information can help you get the perfect blade for your circular saw. Good Luck.

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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