Jigsaw! How to choose the right blade?

Did you know that there are several types of jigsaw blades? Each of them is manufactured to perform a type of work so that there are no problems during the execution of your project, we will show you some types of jigsaw blades and how to choose the ideal blade for each type of service, come on guys!

The Tico-Tico saw is a great tool, which allows the execution of various jobs, being used for cutting various types of materials such as wooden sheets, plastic sheets and metal sheets. This saw is very light and robust, facilitating the execution of professional and domestic jobs with great safety and precision.

Although the jigsaw is capable of making a precise cut, it is necessary to have the right blade for each application, so it is necessary to know some important details to make the correct choice and thus guarantee a good job.

It is necessary to analyze, for example, the type of material to be cut, its thickness and the type of cut to be made, because only after analyzing these situations that it will be possible to choose the appropriate blade for a given service, choose this through a table.

The tables that will be shown below belong to a single table but have been separated to facilitate understanding and to guarantee image quality. The complete table can be found on the Starrett website, more precisely on pages 60 and 61 of the catalog: “Saws, Hand Tools and Accessories for External Work”.

Table 1.1 Jigsaw blades.

We emphasize that the inappropriate use of the blades during the execution of the cut makes all the difference, as this misuse directly interferes in the performance of the equipment and consequently causes some frustration to the user, who in a way did not know how to make good use of the tool. cut , as it did not follow the specifications according to the manufacturer.

Table 1.2 Blades for jigsaws.

We will have as a basis for this article the blade models from Starrett, which have a wide variety of blades, in addition to making it possible to fit all the machines available on the market, which is one of its main advantages.

Blade types and applications:

Each of these blades has a different type of application, with blue blades used to make cuts in metals, yellow blades used for cuts in wood and red ones are capable of making cuts in multiple materials, such as wood, metal , plastic and acrylic for example.

In addition to these three models mentioned above, there are two other types of blades, one for harder materials, such as stainless steel for example. The other blade model is used to cut abrasive materials, with ceramic for example.

We know that the colors at the tip of each blade indicate the types of materials, we must emphasize that it is enough to use only a single blade to perform different types of cuts in the same material.

It is important to remember that, according to the blades, the jigsaw is capable of making different cuts in different ways, such as the direction of the cut, whether it will be straight, curved or contoured.

Larger blades are used to make deeper cuts, in materials that have a greater thickness, and used mainly to make straight cuts. So we warn you not to force the jigsaw when making cuts with curves, as the blade will bend and therefore will not have a good final result.

The medium and small blades, on the other hand, are models suitable for making curved cuts, but in cases where it is necessary to make contoured cuts, that is, very tight curves, the smaller blades, which have a smaller thickness, are used.

Step by step on how to choose the right blade.

We will show you step by step how to choose the right blade according to your use, but for that we will count on the help of a table. In this example we will make a contour cut in a plywood with a thickness of up to 25mm, but it is not necessary a fine finish, but a medium finish. To do this, just cross check the information contained in the table.

The first step is to locate in the table the column that indicates cut with contour, then we will result in four different blade models, as shown in the image below. But it is important to understand that it is not any of them that can be used, as it will also have to be analyzed which type of material.

How to choose the ideal blade for each service with jigsaws.

Table of optical saws with indication of the four results obtained.

Now we are looking for the material we are going to cut, according to its characteristics. As in this example it is a piece of wood with a thickness of 25mm, we can find the column that indicates plywood and the thickness that is within the range. In this case it is from 6mm to 30mm.

Therefore, after analyzing the indications, we can use three blades: the HCU214S, the BU2DCS and the BU214S. The difference between them is that the BU214S can also be used for cutting other types of materials. And the BU2DCS blade should be used for cuts with a finer finish, as shown in the image below.

Table of optical saws with indication of the final result.

It is worth noting that there are also other ways to perform the analysis of the tables, which will depend on the way in which each one will see the table, as long as the information is crossed and confirmed with the specifications of the work to be performed.

We emphasize that after having found the correct blade, it is very likely that it has other characteristics that can also be useful in the same and in other types of services, as is the case of this example, where it can perform curved cutting, has a medium finish and it also shows the direction of the cut.

This table shows all available types of jigsaw blades according to their various applications, giving guidance on the types of materials, direction of the cut, whether it is a straight, fast, curved or contoured cut, the type of finish and if it is necessary to use refrigeration.

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