The importance of selecting the right worktop jigsaw blade for the job
It’s so important to select the right worktop jigsaw blade for the job for various reasons, namely that each individual blade is geared toward a different task or material. Some special blades are even designed specifically for one singular material or task. Regardless, the blade you choose, whether a diamond jigsaw blade or a bayonet jigsaw blade, easily shapes the outcome of your DIY project.
Bearing these factors in mind, here are some more reasons why choosing the right jigsaw blade is important:
- Jigsaw blades can have different fittings – Jigsaw blades from certain brands, like the popular Makita, have special fittings that enable their use. Make sure you have the right fitting to hand before you start your project, otherwise, the job will be done before you’ve even started.
- Jigsaw blade teeth determine the material you can cut – The tooth design of a jigsaw blade is significant when it comes to cutting different materials. If you want to cut a sheet of ply, make sure you choose a worktop jigsaw blade that’s wide-toothed, used for smart, straight cuts. Similarly, if you’re looking to cut sheet metal, ceramics or laminated materials, a fine-toothed jigsaw and even toothless blades are better suited.
- Think about the final result that you want – Depending on the number of teeth or material the jigsaw blade is made of, worktop jigsaw blades can produce various finishes when used to cut. For example, not only can different jigsaw blades generate curved or straight lines, they can leave a coarse, rough cut behind or a clean, smooth finish.
Understanding the types of jigsaw blades and their uses
Firstly, all of the many types of jigsaw blades are distinguished by their shank. The shank is the part of the blade that fits into the blade clamp of a jigsaw and therefore determines compatibility between a blade and a jigsaw.
There are two set types of jigsaw blade that work with different jigsaw models, the T-Shank and the U-Shank.
The T-Shank jigsaw blade is the most commonly used type, and is compatible with most modern jigsaws, as we at HSS Hire well know. The blades for worktops that we provide are often T-Shanks.
T-Shank jigsaw blades have a tang, placed at the top of their shank. T-shaped blade tangs slide into the clamp of a jigsaw and lock in place without the need for further tools. This makes them exceptionally easy to utilise, switch out or swap between different jigsaws.
The U-Shank jigsaw blade is characterised by a U-shaped cut-out at the very top of its shank, sometimes with a hole and sometimes without, depending on the task you’d like to complete and how old your jigsaw machine is.
In certain tools, and older jigsaw models in general, a setscrew will secure the U-shaped blade tang of a U-Shank jigsaw blade into place. Your machine will proceed to work as normal, cutting sharply through any material you’d like.
Whatever the type of jigsaw blade that you utilise in your DIY project, all jigsaw blades have a multitude of impressive uses that change depending on the teeth direction, whether they have double teeth, the teeth per inch, blade material and more. Nevertheless, here are some general, valuable uses of different jigsaw blade types:
- Worktop Cutting – Although quite specific, we frequently refer to worktop jigsaw blades. This is because jigsaw blades are perfect blades for worktops – especially when it comes to cutting through a worktop surface, say, to install a sink or other vital component.
- Fragile Cutting – Reverse tooth jigsaw blades, generally with a T-shank, are perfect for cutting through laminated materials that splinter or crack easily. They cut on the downstroke, allowing a thorough, sharp cut without surrounding damage.
- Curved Cutting – Although jigsaw blades tend to be best for long, straight cuts, they can also adapt to curved cutting! Narrow jigsaw blade types are best for this endeavour and make the cutting of curved lines exceptionally easy. But, a slight forewarning: even if your jigsaw blade is designed for curved cuts, don’t place too much pressure on it. Bendy jigsaw blades occur when the blade is placed under too much pressure and overtaxed, which reduces the integrity of the tool.
- Hard Cutting – Certain jigsaw blades can cut through exceptionally hard materials if needs be. For example, a Tungsten Carbide blade brings great heat resistance and durability to any user. Diamond cutting blades also exist, with synthetic diamonds placed at their outer edge to chop through stone, concrete, bricks and non-ferrous metal.