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Crosscut saw teeth vs Rip saw teeth

 

Traditionally, when saws were mainly used for woodworking applications, there were only two types of saws: crosscut teeth saws and rip teeth saws.

 

Both crosscut saws and rip saws teeth are ‘set’ (bent away from the blade) but crosscut teeth are angled on their inside edge, whereas rip teeth aren’t. 

 

This sharp angled edge means that crosscut teeth can slice through material like a series of little knives.

 

Traditionally, when saws were mainly used for woodworking applications, there were only two types of saws: crosscut teeth saws and rip teeth saws.

 

Both crosscut saws and rip saws teeth are ‘set’ (bent away from the blade) but crosscut teeth are angled on their inside edge, whereas rip teeth aren’t. 

 

This sharp angled edge means that crosscut teeth can slice through material like a series of little knives.

 

Crosscut teeth are designed for cutting across the grain of the wood. This is generally considered a more difficult task, so crosscut teeth saws are ideal for it.

 

 

Crosscut teeth are designed for cutting across the grain of the wood. This is generally considered a more difficult task, so crosscut teeth saws are ideal for it.

 

Rip teeth do not have an angled edge, which means they work more like little chisels, scraping the wood away rather than slicing through it.

 

Rip teeth are designed for cutting along or with the grain. This is generally considered an easier task, so rip teeth saws are the better option.

 

 

Rip teeth do not have an angled edge, which means they work more like little chisels, scraping the wood away rather than slicing through it.

 

Rip teeth are designed for cutting along or with the grain. This is generally considered an easier task, so rip teeth saws are the better option.

 

Traditional Meets Modern

 

Traditionally, all saws for wood had either rip or crosscut teeth. In the last few years, however, manufacturers have been able to produce teeth that can cut in any direction both across and along the grain. 

 

These teeth are now pretty much standard on most hand saws, however, you will find that the design varies between brands, and each manufacturer refers to them using different terminology.

 

As a result, rather than seeing a saw with crosscut or rip teeth you are more likely to come across universal, general purpose or even hybrid teeth, depending on how that particular company has branded them (but, in fact – they all do the same thing!)

 

Speciality Saws

 

Saws can also be used for cutting materials other than wood (e.g. masonry etc.). These saws are often referred to as speciality saws.

 

These have neither crosscut nor rip teeth in the traditional sense, though they may have some similar characteristics. 

 

These types of teeth will be specially designed for cutting into their own respective materials and will have various features which make them ideal for that particular task.

 

It is important to research what the best saw is for the material you are cutting to make the right purchase.

 

Saws can also be used for cutting materials other than wood (e.g. masonry etc.). These saws are often referred to as speciality saws.

 

These have neither crosscut nor rip teeth in the traditional sense, though they may have some similar characteristics.

 

These types of teeth will be specially designed for cutting into their own respective materials and will have various features which make them ideal for that particular task.

 

It is important to research what the best saw is for the material you are cutting to make the right purchase.

 

Wonkee Donkee Tip

When making cuts with a saw it is important to ensure you are using the correct saw for the best cut you can achieve. At Wonkee Donkee we have compiled a list of all the different saws available and what saws to use for different finishes and on different materials.