Blade selection is not an exact science. Wouldn’t it be nice to find the perfect utility blade that gives you the best cut for any material in the shortest amount of time? While we task our engineers with designing this blade, we’ll leave you with some advice for choosing the right blade.


Let’s start with slicing applications. When you need to slice through material with minimal loss of material (kerf), you would choose a Knife Edge blade. If the smooth sharpened edge of the Knife isn’t sufficient, you might try a Scallop blade. The Scallop blade is a favorite of foam fabricators, insulation manufacturers, packaging OEMs, and boneless meat processors. If you are worried about the Scallop tips pulling at fibers in the material, you might try a Wavy blade.  


Maybe you need a more aggressive blade. Using a toothed blade without set will remove a minimum amount of material, thus creating some dust. These types of blades (V-Tooth, C-Tooth, Razorback) can be used to cut low to medium firm/dense foams (polyurethane or polyethylene), especially on machines without blade sharpeners. So, how do you decide how many teeth per inch is best? While there are no simple answers to a question like this, there is a good rule of thumb. The larger the tooth, the more aggressive the cut, which allows for a faster cut. If product finish or the amount of product lost is a concern, a smaller tooth will usually give a cleaner smoother cut.


The slicing blades listed above are ideal for softer products to medium dense products. When it comes to cutting metal, wood and other very dense products, you’ll need a saw blade such as a Bi-Metal M42, Flexback or Hardback. These blades have teeth with set to help clear material as you cut through the product. The Simcor, Butcher and Honeycomb blades are thinner with slightly less set. These lighter duty blades work well with some types of firm/dense foams, bone-in meats, lighter metals such as aluminum, and cardboard materials. Generally, the same theory of a larger tooth for a more aggressive/faster cut still applies. Be careful when choosing a metal or wood cutting blade as too large of a tooth could cause the teeth to break off and too small of a tooth will not cut the product effectively.


When in doubt, reach out to your Sales Manager. The average tenure of Simmons’ sales team is over 20 years! Our Sales Managers can not only help you with your blade needs but are great at helping diagnose complex problems with your band saw machines and other cutting applications.


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