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5 Essential Circular Saw Blades for Your Home Workshop

No saw blade is good for every job. Keep these five at the ready, so you'll have the right blade for the task at hand.

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Diablo Framing Blade

A blade like this is your workhorse, all purpose blade. You’ll use it for easily 75 percent of the work you do with a circular saw. It’ll handle rough framing lumber, plywood and sheathing material with ease. Plus: These are the circular saw tips and techniques all DIYers need to know.

Buy this blade for your collection now.

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DeWalt Precision Finishing Saw Blade

If you’re cutting hardwood veneer plywood or plastic laminate, you’ll want more teeth. More teeth—as well as a less aggressive tooth angle—leave a cleaner cut. Make sure you save this blade for the stuff that needs a clean cut. Learn how to create circular saw cutting guides for plywood.

Buy this DeWalt blade on Amazon.

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Irwin 18 Tooth Circular Saw Blade

If you have a stack of boards to rip, a blade like this one speeds up the job. Ripping means you’re cutting with the grain of the wood. This blade has fewer teeth, angled to rip efficiently.

Order this blade now.

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Evolution Diamond Masonry Blade

Cutting concrete, brick, stone or tile? In a pinch, you might be able to make a couple of cuts with an abrasive wheel. But to get the job done in a timely manner, use a diamond blade. We’ll show you how to cut concrete here.

Get a diamond blade on Amazon now.

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Concord Ferrous Metal Cutting Blade

That’s right, you can cut steel with a circular saw. But, you’ll want a blade designed to do the job. A ferrous metal cutting blade has lots of teeth sloped at a shallow angle for efficient cutting and a clean finish. Plus: 10 Easy Ways to Cut Metal Fast.

Buy it today.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.

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