Table and miter saw blades come in many different configurations.
First, when it comes to the number of teeth, fewer teeth cut more quickly and more coarsely while more teeth on your blade will cut slower but it will also leave a smoother cut.
Next, is the tooth style.
Here is where we will discuss one of the few styles of teeth called FTG, which stands for flat top grind.
Blades with FTG or Flat teeth are great blades perfect for ripping. They can also be used for rough crosscutting.
FTG/flat tooth blades have teeth that are square. See above drawing. These teeth are also called rakers. The teeth cut through the wood more like a chisel. These blades cut fast, are durable and are designed to rip cut along the wood’s grain. Because of the tooth design and typically lower amount of teeth, these blades will product a rougher cut.
You will also see these FTG teeth on combination blades along with ATB teeth. Which make for a great all purpose blade.
The WTS Rip Saw Blade gives smooth, fast rips in hardwoods and softwoods. The combination of a very stable body and razor-sharp flat top carbide teeth yields a precision cut. These blades are precision balanced and can be used in gang-rip operations. The ideal working range is from 3/4″ to 2-3/4″ thick. This blade also features laser-cut anti-vibration slots, practically eliminating the vibration that resonates in standard blades.
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