Choose the Right Blade for a Super Duty Radial Arm Saw
A 22.5″ General Purpose Blade for Radial Arm and Beam Saws from Original Saw Company make quality cuts through wood. This blade contains a negative hook angle. Use a blade with a negative hook angle when woodworking, particularly with table saws, miter saws, and radial arm saws. The negative hook angle refers to the orientation of the teeth on the blade. The front face of each tooth on a negative hook angle blade slopes backward, away from the direction of rotation. Use a negative hook angle blade for:
- Crosscutting: When making clean crosscuts across the grain of wood, use a blade with a negative hook angle. This blade can help reduce tear-out and splintering. It produces a shearing action rather than an aggressive cutting action, resulting in smoother cuts on the surface.
- Plywood and Veneer: Blades with negative hook angles are often preferred when cutting plywood, veneer, or other materials with a delicate top layer. They minimize chipping and splintering on the top surface, providing a cleaner and more polished finish.
- Thin Materials: When cutting thin materials like laminate, melamine, or plastics, a blade with a negative hook angle can prevent material from catching and kicking back. It provides better control and safety in such applications.
- Ripping Thick Stock: Customers can use a blade with a positive hook angle when ripping thick hardwoods. Another useful choice is blade with a slight negative hook angle. The negative hook angle will reduce the likelihood of binding and burning, especially when dealing with dense, heavy wood.
- Reducing Kickback: The negative hook angle reduces the tendency for the blade to pull the material toward it, which can help reduce kickback of the wood.
Choosing the correct blade is critical. Original Saw’s 22.5″ General Purpose Blade for Radial Arm and Beam Saws is recommended for 22.5″ Super Duty Radial Arm Saws. It’s important to note that the choice of the blade depends on the specific woodworking task and the type of material being cut. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and safety guidelines for your saw and blade combination.