Table saws are an essential tool in any experienced woodworkers’ shop. However, as with any saw, a table saw is useless without a good quality blade. Often when you buy a table saw the stock blade is a poor-quality generic blade and should be the first thing you look to replace and upgrade.

The most common table saw blade size is 10-inch diameter, therefore we have concentrated on this size for our reviews. However, if you have a smaller or larger capacity table saw then often you will find that the blades we have reviewed will come in numerous sizes.

The standard arbor size for a 10-inch blade is a 5/8-inch diameter borehole. All of our reviewed blades are suitable for this fit. You will find that most of these saw blades are also suitable for a miter saw so you are able to use them interchangeably.

Our team has reviewed and researched the 10 best table saw blades to help you pick the right one for your application.

What to Consider When Choosing a Table Saw Blade

Application

The type of blade you require will depend on the application you are using your table saw for. There are specific blades for cross cuts, rip cuts, and general-purpose blades. Later on, we will explain the different blade types in detail.

Blade Size

Blades differ in both width (or kerf) and diameter. Depending on your table saw arbor you will be able to attach a certain diameter blade. Often table saw blades require 10-inches diameter blades, but make sure to check your own before purchasing.

Arbor Size

The blade you can equip onto your table saw depends on the size of your table saw arbor shaft. The hole in the center of the saw blade is called the bore. This is where the shaft goes through so that the blade can be firmly connected.

Blade Finish

A high-quality blade that has been finished correctly will perform much more consistently and require less post cut work on the lumber. A good finish will result in a straight blade that has a perfect radius and sharp teeth tips.

Our Top Table Saw Blades for 2020

Best Overall

1. SawStop BTS-R-40ATB Premium Woodworking Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.106 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – All Purpose

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 40

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The SawStop BTS-R-40ATB came out on top as our best overall blade. And we aren’t the only ones that think it is a great blade, with lots of 5-star reviews and happy users it truly cuts the best.

What really makes the SawStop blade stand out from the rest is that it is precision balanced and built to a premium finish at a consumer price. It is perfect for crosscuts and rip cuts in softwoods or hardwoods as it is a multi-purpose blade. This is thanks to its 40 alternate top bevel teeth that leave a clean edge that is ready for glue-up straight away.

If you are looking for a premium quality all-purpose blade that you can leave on your table saw then the SawStop BTS-R-40ATB is the saw blade for you. It will fit any power saw that can hold a 10” blade with a 5/8” arbor. 

We placed the SawStop BTS-R-40ATB as our top overall blade, however, if you can afford to pay a bit more the Forrest Duraline saw blade will provide an even better finish to your cuts. One of the few reported issues with the SawStop blade is a ringing that can occur when in use. However, if you are using the correct ear protection this shouldn’t be an issue and didn’t put us off at all.

Best Premium

2. Forrest DH10807100 Duraline Hi-A/T Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.10 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – All Purpose

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 100

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Our Take

The Forrest DH10807100 Duraline 80 tooth blade is a very highly reviewed blade and for good reason. It is probably the best quality saw blade on the market, but also at its high price point, this is expected. The Forrest Duraline blades are always reviewed very highly and it is our best premium table saw blade.

The Forrest DH10807100 Duraline is unique in being made almost entirely by hand. This means that the finish is very high and any manufacturing defects are caught well before they leave the factory.

A perfect general purpose saw that is built for everyday use. It cuts MDF, plywood, and panels easily without tearing the wood. Plus it has been found to leave zero tear marks out of the front or back of panels. This is down to its super sharp C-4 Submicron Carbide teeth that are hand brazed onto the blade.

Not only are the teeth incredibly sharp, giving a superior edge finish, compared to the other saws, they also stay sharp. The C-4 Submicron Carbide is designed to give an extra-long life to the saw blade between each sharpening session.

You can also forget about needing a scoring saw blade with your table saw when cutting laminated panels. The teeth leave such a clean edge that you only need to cut once. The Forrest blades do cost a lot more than their counterparts, but they are professional grade saw blades and you will save huge amounts of time in the cleanup.

Best Value

3. HICO 40 Tooth ATB Miter Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.10 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – General Purpose, Thin Kerf

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 40

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Our best value table saw blade is the HICO 60 tooth ATB saw blade. Built from titanium and with high-density carbide tips make sure that, even though this is on the cheaper end of our reviewed blades, it will still last a long time.

Unlike some of the better-quality saw blades the HICO is laser cut to shape and then the tooth tips are added afterward. However, this does make it a much more cost-efficient table saw blade.

It has integrated stabilizer vents that are lazar cut out to help reduce vibration and noise build-up. These gaps also help to reduce warping along the blade edge from excess heat build-up caused by friction. Both of these, in turn, means that the blade has a good life expectancy.

The Carbide tooth tips are sharp and the titanium in the blade helps reduce wear and dissipates heat. Alternate top bevel teeth are great for all-purpose table saw cuts, a good quality saw blade that can be left on your table saw at all times.

We wouldn’t suggest using this blade for laminate pieces as it isn’t designed for that sort of material. However, for softwood or hardwood planks it is great. Hard-wearing and long-lasting at an affordable price point.  

Runner Up Best Overall

4. Freud Next Generation Premier Fusion General Purpose Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.126 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – General Purpose

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 40

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The Freud Next Generation Premier Fusion General Purpose Blade comes straight in as our runner up for best overall blade. Freud is known for making great quality saw blades and its because of this that we have included them twice in our review.

The Next Generation Premier Fusion is an all-purpose 40 tooth saw blade that can be left attached to your table saw for most applications. This is thanks to its 40 ATB teeth that are great for slicing through laminated materials such as melamine or plywood.

The end result is a perfectly polished edge that is ready for glue-up due to its double side grind design. Plus, for cutting through softwood and hardwood the shear face cuts cleanly through.

One of the unique things about Freud saw blades is their anti-vibration slots. They are lazar cut slots are designed to reduce vibration in the saw blade as well as sideways movement. They are a specific “w” like shape placed at strategic points around the blade for maximum effectiveness.

The outer coating on Freud saw blades make them stand out in any workshop thanks to the bright red finish. But it isn’t all for the show it provides a non-stick surface to help reduce blade drag and pitch build-up.

For day to day cutting this is a great saw blade that will help you with projects around the house. Be warned that the red coating has been known to come off. But given that you are often gluing along the cut edge it shouldn’t be an issue.

Best Rip Blade

5. Freud Industrial Glue Line Ripping Blade LM74R010

Key Features

Kerf – 0.118 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – Rip Blade

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 30

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Our Take

Frued have been one of the industry leaders for over 50 years so it’s not a surprise that we have included not one but two of their blades in our top 10 table saw blade review. The Frued Industrial glue line Ripping Blade comes in as our best rip blade.

What stood out to us is that Frued actually makes their own carbide to be used for the teeth tips. This allows them to create unique material properties for each of their blade types depending on its intended use. This helps to ensure that they continue to be one of the best providers of woodwork cutting tooling in the industry.

The Frued Industrial Glue Line Ripping Blade is a specialized blade that has some very notable features. The main feature of this blade is to provide a consistently high-quality cut so that the timber requires no after work prior to gluing. Its triple tooth design with built-in anti kick smoothly cuts through any material and leaves behind a perfect surface for gluing.

The standard Frued “w” laser cut anti-vibration slots are also present, however, they are doubled up at each point to further reduce vibration effects. With this blade, there is zero need for stabilizers.

The specially formulated TiCo Hi-Density carbide is made from a titanium cobalt alloy used for the tips of the teeth. This is designed to stay sharp on all edges to maintain its incredibly smooth cut. Backed by the Frued limited lifetime warranty this is a great blade for DIY projects and larger projects alike.   

6. DEWALT DW7124PT Table Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.098 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – Rip Blade

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 24

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Our Take

Coming in as our Rip Blade Runner Up is the DEWALT ATB 24 tooth DW7124PT. DEWALT is known for its high-quality power tools with almost 100 years of history behind it. However, when it comes to the blades for power tools it doesn’t quite do as well as brands such a Forrest or Frued.

The DW7124PT is a great rip saw blade, designed specifically for ripping wood down along the grain of the wood. It has premium micro-grain carbide tooth tips that are ultra-sharp. These ultra-sharp teeth make sure the saw blade cuts smoothly without any splintering

The blade is covered in the classic DEWALT colors of black and yellow with a coating that reduces friction and heat build-up. Excess heat build-up can cause blades to twist and deform. The blade teeth are in an alternate top bevel design with an extra anti-kickback feature to help cut cleanly.

Exclusively designed DEWALT dampening slots help reduce blade vibrations and improve the cutting accuracy of the blade. It is precision balanced as well which further helps with the accuracy.

This is a great price for such a good quality rip blade and many reviewers have had excellent results. As expected it fits perfectly into a 5/8 inch arbor on a table saw.

7. CMT ITK Industrial Rip Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.098 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inches

Blade Type – Rip Blade

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 24

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Our Take

The CMT ITK Industrial Rip Saw Blade is designed for cutting hardwood or softwood. This is helped by its very thin kerf design that reduces that amount of wood being removed by the table saw blade. Like most of the saw blades we have reviewed here the CMT ITK can be used on miter saws and radial arm saws as well.

Micrograin carbide teeth in a unique flat top combined with two alternate top bevel design teeth make ripping through lumber a breeze. With 24 teeth it is on par with the fewest number of teeth of any of our reviewed table saw blades. It includes anti-kickback teeth to help with a smooth rip finish.

It features both expansion slots and vibration reduction slots that are laser cut into the blade. The expansion slots help to stop the blade misshaping as it heats up due to friction. The vibration slots reduce the vibrations building up in the blade, keeping it straight and accurate.

The CMT ITK Industrial Rip Saw Blade is hardened after cut to shape during manufacture. Giving a hardness factor of between 46 – 48 Rockwell. This makes the table saw blade last longer as it doesn’t wear down.

It is known to cut cleanly and without burning the wood, even without a protective coating. The CMT is a good value ripping blade, especially for hardwoods.

8. Makita A-93681 Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 0.091 inches

Bore Hole – 5/8 inch

Blade Type – Cosscut Blade, thin kerf

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 80

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Our Take

Makita is a very well known Japanese power tool manufacturer founded back in 1915. It is known for making high-quality power tools and accessories, but less so for its blades. Never the less the Makita A-93681 is a very well made and balanced blade.

Its Japanese ultra-thin kerf design and carbide-tipped teeth produce smoother cuts than your standard stock table saw blade. This is due to it giving less drag to the motor and much less material loss from the timber you are cutting.

The 80 micro-grain carbide tipped teeth is one of the highest number of teeth per inch that we have in our review. They are sanded up to 600 grit for a mirror finish before leaving the factory. This provides a sharp cutting edge along the full length of the tooth and therefore a much smoother finish.

Unlike some of the other designs, the Makita A-93681 uses five vibration and expansion slots that help to keep the blade accurate. It is expertly hand tensioned to make sure it is as accurate as possible.

The proof they say is in the pudding and with over 500 reviews this is a very good saw at his low price point. Cutting cleanly and lasting for many years of use without even sharpening.

9. Overpeak ATB Ultra Fine Table Saw Blade

Key Features

Kerf – 1/8 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inch

Blade Type – General Purpose, thin kerf

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 90

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Our Take

Overpeak is a brand focusing on the highest diamond quality products. With over 10 million saw blades produced every year they really know what they are doing. Each blade is subject to strict quality checks before leaving the workshop to check finish and wire fluidity.

Made from tough tungsten carbide Overpeak fine finishing saw blades are made to last. Built with 6 laser cut expansion slots and four anti-vibration slots they a specifically engineered to be accurate. These also help it to keep quiet and cool throughout your cutting.

Coming in at a total of 90 teeth on this 10-inch diameter table saw blade it is built for extra fine sawing. There are other variations available all the way down to 24 teeth depending on your requirements.  

This Overpeak Fine Finishing saw blade is designed for general usage. This is including ripping cuts and crosscuts in plywood, laminates, and soft and hardwoods. It is suitable for handling an RPM of up to 6000 in a table saw, miter saw, or circular saw.

For high-quality inexpensive saw blades, these are great for your table saw. Long-lasting and keeps straight even after many years of use. Sometimes the branding has been known to rub off the side, but this shouldn’t affect the use of the blade.

10. Sawcraft 80 Tooth ATB Fine Finishing Saw Blades

Key Features

Kerf – 1/8 inch

Bore Hole – 5/8 inch

Blade Type – General Purpose, thin kerf

Diameter – 10-inches

Teeth – 80

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Our Take

Sawcraft, as by the name, have a history of innovative manufacturing and crafting for the woodworking industry. They produce a wide range of cutting tools including diamond tools.

The Sawcraft 80 tooth ATB fine finishing blade is made specifically for cutting aluminum. However, it can also be used for general purpose cutting if required. It has 80 teeth in an ATB design that gives a very fine finish on a wide range of materials.

This is assisted by the ultra-thin kerf that helps reduce the strain on the motor by only removing a small amount of material. Four expansion slots around the edge of the blade stop the blade from warping when it gets hot. Laser-cut vibration dampening slots make sure the blade stays aligned.

With fewer ratings than some of the previously reviewed table saw blades, we were hesitant to include the Sawcraft fine finishing blade. However, they are very positive reviews and it is seen to make consistently smooth and clean cuts. A good saw, but there are probably better for your money unless you are looking to cut aluminum especially.

Table Saw Blade Buyers Guide

The table saw is an essential tool for anyone in construction or woodworking DIY for making precise cuts. Great for cutting plywood, hardwood, or manmade materials such as MDF or chipboard. Without a good quality blade, your table saw is useless.

Table Saw Blade types

In our review, we came across several different types of blades which is dependent on their teeth. This is because different blades are suited to different materials and applications. Here is our in-depth guide to table saw blade types. 

Alternate Top Bevel (ATB)

The now most common saw blade design. With alternate angled top edges to the blade tips, they provide a high-quality cut. The angle of the tooth tip helps to slice through the wood rather than punch it out like an FTG blade.

Flat Top Grind (FTG)

Less common are flat top grind saw blades. These have flat teeth the chop into the material like a chisel, straight on. They are a durable blade, but not the neatest. Great for cutting quick rough cuts where you are going to do your own finishing.

General or All-Purpose Blades

The most common type of table saw blades are general purpose blades. These are often ATB saw blades with between 24 and 40 teeth. They are designed to be left on your machine permanently and can handle a wide range of applications.

Working Out The Best Blade To Use

Ripping Blades

A rip cut is when you cut down the length of the wood, in line with the grain. Saw ripping blades are primarily designed for cutting natural wood.

Anti-kickback shoulders are often found on specialist ripping blades that help to prevent overfeeding your timber. We always recommend using a splitter with your table saw, but if you don’t have one then anti-kickback shoulders will make it much safer.

Crosscut Blades

A crosscut is when you saw across the grain of the wood. These blade designs often have more teeth to give a better finish.

Thin Kerf Blades

Thin kerf blades are a very narrow blade that removes less material from the timber and places less strain on the motor. They are good for quick cuts.

What else to Look for in a Table Saw Blade

Once you understand the type of blade that you require there are a few extra features that you should keep in mind when picking the next blade for your cabinet table saw.

Carbide Teeth Tips

Excellent performance as they stay sharp and strong. Perfect for making quick and clean cuts. Teeth number is important as well as the kerf width of the blade. Different types of teeth, as mentioned above, are used for different materials and finishes.

Blade Coatings

A painted or other protective layer added to the blade protects the metal. Preventing corrosion to the blade and burning of the material. This happens as the blade heats up due to friction with the surrounding material.

When cutting slowly it is especially important to use a coated blade as heat build-up is common and can cause blade deflection.

Anti-Vibration and Noise Reduction

These prevent a build-up in vibrations and noise in a saw blade when it is spinning. This sideways movement of the blade is stopped, allowing you to create accurate and clean cuts.

Further Factors to Consider

They usually come either in packs of two or more, with specific tasks for each blade. Or individually for higher quality blades. The standard blade types, as mentioned already, are rip blades, crosscut blades, and a general-purpose blade.

Always support your material fully when cutting and never freehand cut it, a table saw fence is great as support. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s guidance on how to use your table saw and how to change a blade.

Table Saw Blade Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Table Saw Blade?

The best table saw blade depends on your needs and application. We would recommend a general-purpose saw blade such as the SawStop BTS-R-40ATB to be suitable for most common uses. It has the benefit of being used for a multitude of cuts and applications as well as leaving a great finish.

Are Table Saw Blades the Same as Circular Saw Blades?

Yes, a table saw blade is the same as a circular saw blade. They can be interchanged between each other as long as the arbor size is correct on both. Table saw blades can be used on miter saws, radial arm saws, cut-off saws, and circular saws.

How Do You Know if a Table Saw Blade is Dull?

The most obvious way to tell is if you find it more difficult to push your material through the table saw. You can’t always tell just by looking at a saw blade if the teeth are dull or damaged. A good sign is an increase in defects on the material you are cutting such as burns or poor edge finish. Be aware that your blade may also be bent or damaged which might be causing other issues.

Is More Teeth on a Saw Blade Better?

The more teeth on a saw blade in general means a better finish from your cut. There is less material being taken on each bite. However, it will be a slower cut compared to a blade with fewer teeth. So, it is always a compromise between the speed of the cut and finishes to the material surface.

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