What Are General Purpose Blades?

A general purpose blade is a saw blade that is designed to effectively rip and crosscut such that the user is able to continue working without having to change saw blades. Such blades feature a combination of a lower tooth count and larger gullets than crosscut blades, which enables them to rip effectively. In addition, the alternate top bevel (ATB) tooth configuration similarly makes them effective for clean crosscutting. Blades for general uses are great in that they enable you to save a lot of time as you don’t have to switch continually back and forth between rip and crosscut blades. If you are searching for a saw blade that does it all, your search is over.

Types of General Purpose Blades

  • Cut-off & Crosscut

Features an Alternate Top Bevel Grind or ATB which makes it a great choice for heavy production in cabinetmaking shops. This blade may also feature Triple Chip Grind or TC and take the form of a heavy duty production saw blade that is ideal for general trim and crosscutting.

  • Combination Ripping & Crosscut

Features an 4-ATB and 1 Raker and is ideal for tasks where one blade must do almost everything i.e. rip and crosscut.

  • General Purpose Cut-Off

This blade features Alternate Top Bevel Grind or ATB and is similar to other blades, only that it has a slightly lower hook angle which improves surface quality. This blade may also feature a Triple Chip Grind or TC and is excellent for cutting single or double sided plastic laminated material. This blade leaves smooth chip-free cuts on the top and bottom.

  • Multi-Use Ripping

Features an Alternate Top Bevel Grind and is a great choice for all around use.

  • Prestige

Features an ATB and is a saw blade that is truly designed to do it all. The blade provides crisp, clean cuts both with and across the grain.

  • Thin Kerf General Purpose

Features Alternate Top Bevel Grind and is designed to reduce stress on the saw, as well as reduce stock loss.

  • Portable General Purpose

Features ATB and makes for the perfect upgrade or replacement saw blade for portable saws. This blade is also available in a variation that offers clean, fast, burn-free in framing and pressure treated stock, as well as in plywood and other construction-grade sheet goods.

The majority of saw blades are designed to perform their best work in a specific type of cutting operation. There are blades which have been designed to rip lumber, crosscut lumber, cut veneered plywood and panels, cut plastics and laminates, cut melamine and non-ferrous metals. General purpose blades are designed to work well in two or more cut types. When selecting the right type of blade for your needs, be sure to take into account the right number of teeth, gullet type, tooth configuration and hook angle.