Beginner Woodworker Tips on Buying the Right Saw Blades

Beginner Woodworker Tips on Buying the Right Saw Blades

What is the best saw blade for a table saw? Best saw blade for miter saw? Best saw blade for hardwood? This is the beginner woodworker’s guide to saw blades for both table saws and miter saws. A beginner needs to know what to look for when buying a new saw blade. This video shows you how to choose the right blade. Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description to help support this channel.

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CMT 60 Tooth Table Saw Blade (TayTools):
CMT 80 Tooth Miter Saw Blade (TayTools):
CMT 24 Tooth Table Saw Blade (TayTools):

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CMT 60 Tooth (Amazon):
CMT 80 Tooth (Amazon):
CMT 24 Tooth (Amazon):
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Diablo Miter Saw Blade I Recommend:
Diablo Circular Saw Blade I Recommend:
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0:00 Intro
0:10 Saw Blade Terminology
1:34 How to Choose Tooth Count on a Blade
2:42 How to Change a Table Saw Blade
3:25 ATB vs FTG Saw Blades
5:12 Different Brands of Saw Blades
6:31 How to Choose a Miter Saw Blade
6:51 How o Change a Miter Saw Blade
7:34 What Saw Blade for Plywood
7:53 Arbor Size on Saws
8:25 How to Clean a Saw Blade
9:19 Outtakes


  1. Michael Stark on March 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

    Do you get your blades sharpened when dull? Any recommendations on having that done if so.

  2. Robert Smith on March 5, 2023 at 7:01 am

    I just bought a WEN Brand off Amazon .All I can say is wow .$14.00 for a 80 tooth 12 inch for the miter saw . First one lasted 5 mo ,on my second ,I tossed the first one away

  3. fritzginger15 on March 5, 2023 at 7:03 am

    I like CMT blades, they are my favourite for sure 😁

  4. Nancy Witcher on March 5, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Another great video. Information I needed.

  5. Chris S on March 5, 2023 at 7:05 am

    I want to make my own picture frames and all I have is a miter saw. The blade on the saw leaves really rough cuts.

  6. UsNCollord216 on March 5, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Finally went from a dewalt 24t to a 60t on my chop. What a world of difference it makes with blowout too

  7. Doug Manter on March 5, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Until I started using the CMT Chrome Orange blades, I was a die hard Freud fan. For the price, I’m not impressed with Forrest.

  8. Ryan Laurence Flores on March 5, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Diablo Blade for me is awesome! 💪

  9. PopPop's Workshop on March 5, 2023 at 7:08 am

    Love my Diablo blades. I do have a CMT blade on my circular saw and am impressed with the cuts from it. Need to upgrade my table saw blade so I might go with a CMT on it.

  10. mindtrap98 on March 5, 2023 at 7:09 am

    your awesome, I was wondering if I needed to have several different types of blades or can I get away with three… a thin kirf, combination tooth and flat tooth. I am starting my DIY and will be making furniture, those will help.

  11. Photoggene S on March 5, 2023 at 7:17 am


  12. Dave Dennis on March 5, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Sorry I will NOT use anything that has devil written on it. I don’t care if its the best of the best. I’d rather use cheap blades I have to change every month than to use anything with a satanic name.
    right now I have a Bauer blade on my miter and a DeWalt on my circular.

  13. raytry69 on March 5, 2023 at 7:19 am

    What is the purpose of those serpentine cuts in the blades?

  14. BuffaloHideFace on March 5, 2023 at 7:19 am

    What kind of sawblade would I need for slicing through 3/4” AR500 steel within under 30 seconds

  15. Fun Fong, MD FACEP on March 5, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Useful! Thanks!

  16. this is a social experiment on March 5, 2023 at 7:23 am

    I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Diablo mostly because of how cool a red blade looks on my saws. It’s gratuitous at this point that they just happen to be quite good.

  17. 4:20 Fishing on March 5, 2023 at 7:24 am

    All that technology and saw stop couldn’t include a blade lock button for changing out blades? Haha 🤦🏻‍♂️

  18. ChrisTanker Ous on March 5, 2023 at 7:24 am

    I’m 57, been in the shop A LOT and I still learned something in this video. Thanks man, keep it up!

  19. David Burris on March 5, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Do you know what that S shape cut in the blades is?

  20. Benjamin Curtis on March 5, 2023 at 7:30 am

    One more thing to mention that was not covered here regarding the kerf/blade thickness, is that a balanced saw with a thicker blade will cut better and more precise with less chance of kickback. The thinner blades often wobble slightly back and forth giving you imperfect cuts and chance to throw the wood out such as a contractor saw or midrange saw on a stand if the saw is not perfectly level. The Forrest WWII blade will last you 10 years if you take care of it and get it sharpened as seen at the end of the video. Will have to try a CMT blade. Nice vid.

  21. Chris Happ on March 5, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Very good video, Thanks, Matt. I am searching for a blade to go on my table saw right now. 1" arbor, saw can take up to a 14" blade. Current rip blade that came with saw (used) is a 14", 0.177 kerf width monster. Moving down in size so I can hide the blade below the table surface when saw is not in use. After watching, I might be in the market for a couple 12" blades. One with 42 teeth, one with 96 for that cabinet work.

  22. Blayne on March 5, 2023 at 7:31 am

    I really like your simple and helpful approach to new workers and woodworking. Thank you!

  23. Edward D'Antonio on March 5, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Do you sharpen the CMT orange blade when it starts to give poor performance or do you just buy a new blade? How can you sharpen blades? Thanks for the explanation video and the 10% discount code for Taylor Toolworks.

  24. Matt Andrews on March 5, 2023 at 7:35 am

    I bought a combination and crosscut blade from Luxite which is part of York Saw and Knife company. They have worked great the little I have used them so far.

  25. 731 Woodworks on March 5, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Best table saw blade for most people (affiliate): use code 731CMT10 to save 10% off CMT blades

  26. B A on March 5, 2023 at 7:35 am

    This is a really concise video. I watched one prior to this and it was so much blah blah blah… I just wanted plain information told to me in a reasonable amount of time.

  27. Paul Hopkins on March 5, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Honestly, Freud (not Diablo) are much better blades with thicker and higher quality carbide than CMT

  28. Brent Fowler on March 5, 2023 at 7:38 am

    I’ve got that same DeWalt tablesaw that you showed the image of. And I love that saw. I’ve never found it to be under powered at all. Also the 32 tooth blade, I got that same blade with my tablesaw along with 2 other blades. I use the 24 blade tooth for carpentry type work. I use the 32 tooth blade(you had in your hand) for crosscuts. And the 60 tooth blade for rip cuts. I haven’t had a problem with anyone of them. I also purchased a – Freud thin kerf 24 tooth rip cut. The only reason I ordered that one is because it was a ftg. And wow the difference. I get as good of cuts from the Freud blade as I do from any of the DeWalt blades. Anyhow I was just chatting. Great video. Anyone starting out will learn a lot from this video, Matt. I wish I would have found a video like this when I was starting out.. lol. Thanks for the great content, keep up the great work.. God bless you all. Take care.

  29. lynbbor on March 5, 2023 at 7:39 am

    I have a radial arm saw that I picked up used for a really great price. I use that machine instead of putting a dado blade in my table saw. It’s so much faster and easier to set and cut half-lap and similar grooves in boards on that machine and avoid the pain of changing the blade on my old craftsman table saw. Anyway, my question is what do you guys use for a FLAT tooth blade? I have a lot of trouble finding a good quality flat tooth blade that leaves a nice clean flat cut without spending $175 for the blade. I tried one of those ATB blades that had a few flat teeth mixed in but that still does not leave a nice clean flat bottom on the cuts. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
    As always, GREAT video Matt! It’s been really fun watching your channel grow over the years.

  30. William Guzman on March 5, 2023 at 7:41 am

    How about a video on the best bench saw planer etc.

  31. Clinton Payne on March 5, 2023 at 7:41 am

    What do you recommend on a very tight budget and plus I do this for a hobby not a job

  32. Michael on March 5, 2023 at 7:43 am

    They’re spendy but Forest is by far the best I’ve used

  33. Vann Evans on March 5, 2023 at 7:43 am

    I wanted to let you know I enjoy watching your woodworking videos and they have even move me to purchase some items you recommend. so thank you. I recently took your advice and made a purchase with "Tayler Toolworks" One of the three blades I purchased broke on the first use. three or four teeth broke off while starting a cut on a new never used 2×4. There was a knot in the wood but I gave it no thought. The saw popped and the blade boke. When I reached out to Tayler Toolworks support I got a reply 5 days later stating this was an unusual issue and he pushed up the latter for a review. Two days later I got a reply from a Mike Tayler and in short he clamed this couldn’t happen and would not cover or replaced the blade. To me Mike Tayler call me a liar. So please review closely who you recommend. Because of your video and the trust I put in your word I ordered three blades totaling $154.17 of which $52.17 was wasted. Keep up the good work and I will continue to watch your videos but please watch who you recommend as many people haver trust in what you say. Stay away from Tayler Toolworks. They love your money and that’s were it stops.

  34. BlackPillRising316 on March 5, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Nice information,thank you.

  35. Adrian Higgins on March 5, 2023 at 7:46 am


  36. Onehappydawg on March 5, 2023 at 7:46 am

    I’m still using the stock blade that came on my miter saw 😎 😬

  37. Bill Conz on March 5, 2023 at 7:46 am

    I tried so many blades and always come back to CMT the rigecarbide I have i would not give you 5 bucks for one diablo is ok but CMT is where i lkie to put my money

  38. Cowpie Cowboy75 on March 5, 2023 at 7:47 am

    We have the same miter saw and it’s like you were talking directly to me lol I still have the same blade.. that made me click the buttons. Question if you go with the thin kerf for your table saw will you have any issues with the riving knife? Thanks for the great content.

  39. Son Ne on March 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    to the point! Wow took way too long to find this concise video! Yes beginners don’t need all the fluff and as a women I really need to understand the basics.

  40. Sharkey94123 on March 5, 2023 at 7:50 am

    Okay, okay! I’ll replace my original saw blade that came with the table when I bought it (2 years ago)! Thanks so much for the tip, Matt! At least that will save me from having to clean it. Love your channel – been watching for several months now. This video has a lot of useful information. I’ve seen other people say to use nylon or brass to clean blades, never steel.

  41. Mit Llc on March 5, 2023 at 7:51 am

    I manufacture bandsaw wood cutting blades and I would love to send you some samples for you to test. Where can I send these to you ?

  42. DragonsKeep on March 5, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for this. I got the CMT ITK 50 Tooth 10 In Combination for the table saw and a CMT ITK 96 Tooth 12 In for the miter saw. They have a great sale on them right now that stacks with your discount code. I just have a quick question now though. Going to a thin kerf blade what do I do with my riving knife? Should I make a zero clearance insert and get the Micro Jig splitter set up?

  43. John Smith on March 5, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Like the shirt. ✝️

  44. David Ahart on March 5, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Hi Matt, Got a question that I’m thinking might be a little silly. My riving knife on my table saw has a thickness of .090, the Diablo combination blade has a kerf of .098. I’m thinking as long as the blades kerf is more than the riving knife I should be ok.

  45. Dus Bus on March 5, 2023 at 7:55 am

    My favorite blade would be the one I got a commission on too

  46. William Guzman on March 5, 2023 at 7:55 am

    I like a blade that cuts 😂
    Seriously I am following your advice Diablo

  47. Lumberjack on March 5, 2023 at 7:58 am

    CAN you use brake cleaner in an aerosol can ???? I have a can of that laying around and seems to clean other metals pretty good with less mess

  48. Max Goldstein on March 5, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I prefer to start with the soft nylon brush, moving up to brass for stuck-on gunk. Stainless steel is too harsh.

  49. Lino Andrade on March 5, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I just bought a mitter saw from a garage sale and my saw doesn’t cut all the way through the wood. I can’t seem to find a release stopper…..Should I get a bigger blade?…Btw great video!

  50. William Guzman on March 5, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Appreciate your time and teaching. I am new to wood.
    Cars is another story. I restored the wood work (veneer) on a
    MK ll jaguar. Very expensive since I had to do it twice.
    I love exotic veneers. Any advice?
    Thank you for your time I am learning lots from you. Not to old to learn 72 glorious years😎

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