Infographic: Circular Saw Blades 101

Used for cutting a variety of materials (wood, metal, etc.), circular saws are an indispensable tool in any workshop. In light of such importance, the infographic illustrates the significant components to look for when considering circular saw blades. And each part’s benefits!

(Click the image to enlarge the infographic and learn more about a circular saw’s anatomy!)

Additionally, you’ll find common information about this type of blade below. Such as what characterizes it and how it works.

What is a circular saw?

Specifically, it is a power saw employing an abrasive or toothed disc rapidly rotating around an arbor.

How do circular saw blades work?

Each “tooth” of the blade removes a chip of your material to reveal the overall grind cut, one small piece at a time.


While there’s no official origin for circular saw blades, there are plenty of claims of how they came to exist. The most recognized legend is their appearance in the patented saw windmill of English sailmaker Samuel Miller in the late 18th century. However, our particular favorite is perhaps the myth of its creation in a Massachusetts Shaker community by Tabitha Babbitt. Though it’s generally considered discredited given the lack of historical documentation. Regardless of the who, where, and exactly when, these blades were completely popularized in the U.S. by the mid-1800’s thanks to the lumber industry.

Saws That Use These Blades

  • Biscuit joiner
  • Brushcutter
  • Cold saw
  • Concrete saw
  • Miter saw
  • Panel saw
  • Pendulum/Swing saw
  • Radial arm saw
  • Table saw


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Infographic explaining the basics of circular saw blades.
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