Is it worth sharpening a circular saw?

Is it worth sharpening a circular saw

Big projects require big tools, and for the successful completion of these big projects, you must have the right big tools. Knowing your goals and objectives regarding your project is important, but another thing is more important. This important thing is knowing your tools. One must know the best kinds of tools to help complete the project. Only then can the project completion be carried out successfully. You need to know which tools to use and be aware of the details of these tools to ensure your project does not come to a stop as soon as it starts, especially if the project is a wood or metal project. Wood projects are big and extensive and need lots and lots of cutting. This cutting can become a problem if you do not have the right tool, and this is exactly why we are here today, to save you from this hassle. The solution to this hindrance is a circular saw.

What is a circular saw?

A circular saw is a tool that cuts many materials, such as wood, plastic, metal, and stone. It can be hand-held or table-mounted, depending on your needs. All circular saws have a disc or blade with teeth on the edges. The saw also has a motor attached to it. The function of this motor is to rotate the saw blade at a very high speed, allowing the teeth at the edges to rotate and cut through the material without much pressure.

In more technical terms, a circular saw blade is a metal-toothed disc. The disc in these saws has a hole in the center known as the bore. The primary function of this hole is to facilitate the attachment of the saw blade to the saw. For the saw to work and carry out the cutting properly, the bore size should match the size of the saw, but you can choose a blade with a larger bore if you use a reducing ring along with it. A reducer ring is a ring that is attached to things to make them fit a specific size.

Selecting a blade for a circular saw

Selecting the blade for your circular saw is also a very important step. Every detail in this step counts and cannot overlook. The blade you choose is very important as it is the main component that will carry out your required functions.

When selecting your blade, keep some things in mind. These are;

·   What to cut?

First, you have to figure out what your project is, as in what are the materials of your project. Is it a wood project? Or a plastic project? Or is it a metal project? Once you are clear about your project, you will be in a position to start looking for a blade.

·   Tooth design

The next thing is the types of teeth you require on your blade. This will be easier to figure out if you are already aware of your project’s material, i.e., wood, plastic, metal, or stone.

·   Gullet

This refers to the distance between each tooth of the blade. This is important as this will determine if you should go for a larger or smaller gap. A larger gap means the cutting will be fast, and a smaller gap will mean the cutting will be slower.

·   Bore

This is the hole in the center of the saw. You must know the diameter of the bore to get a blade that matches the size of the bore.

·   Thickness

You must also be aware of the thickness required in the blade you are going for.

·   Number of teeth

This is also important as more teeth mean a cleaner cut than fewer teeth.

Is it worth Sharpening Circular Saw Blade?

Every tool must be sharpened and kept in shape for proper use. Just like other tools, circular saw blades need to be sharpened from time to time. A circular saw blade that is no longer sharp produces a rougher finish and forces the saw motor to work harder, which can result in the motor eventually giving out and ruining the tool altogether. This can also ruin your project and give you sloppy results. Sharpening the saw blade will give you a better cut and save you money in the long run by not having to replace the saw and saw blade as often. For saw blades that you want to sharpen yourself, you can use hand files, crank sharpeners, and automatic sharpeners. Automatic sharpeners get the job done quickly, but they can also roughen the teeth of the blade. They can overheat or lose the correct angle of the tooth they are sharpening. While it takes more time and effort, hand-sharpening the blade usually gives better results.

If the blade is one you like and the sharpening price of the blade is lesser than the price of a new blade, then you should get your blade sharpened, but if the price of a new blade is lower than the price of sharpening, then you should opt to get a new one.

Another thing you should remember before getting your blades sharpened is to compare the quality and costs of the old re-sharpened blade and a new one. If the blade you own is low-cost and does not cut smoothly anymore, you should not consider getting it sharpens, as it might not give you the same value anymore. Instead, getting a new blade that can give you better quality cuts would be best than the low-cost re-sharpened blade.

So to answer whether it is worth sharpening your circular saw blade, it is worth it to get it sharpened when the blade is expensive and provides good-quality cuts. Otherwise, getting a new blade is better than sharpening an old one. 

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