Which Type of Band Saw Blade Should I Use? | Detroit Band Saw

Which Type of Band Saw Blade Should I Use?

It’s a question many still ask, from experienced professionals to DIY homeowners looking for knowledgeable advice. For anyone who’s wondering, “What type of blade should I get?” — it depends.

The material you plan to cut determines the type of band-saw blade you should purchase. We hope you find the information below helpful no matter what kind of project you’re tackling.


There are 3 main types of band saw blades:

Bi-Metal Saw Blades:

Bi-metal band saw blades cover the broadest range of sawing applications. 95% of companies and individuals cutting the following materials should use a bi-metal band saw blade: carbon steel, tool steel, structural steel, stainless steel, pipes/tubing, die steel, angles, flat stock and mixed metal applications.

Carbon Steel Saw Blades:

There are two different types of carbon steel blades– Carbon Flexback and Carbon Hardback. Both Carbon Flexback and Carbon Hardback will cut the following: mild steels, copper, wood, plastic, cast iron, cork, brass, lead, furniture, resawing projects, bronze, zinc, fiberglass, and non ferrous metals. The difference in the blades is right there in the names. In Carbon Hardback blades, both the teeth and the backer of the blade have been heat treated, providing stronger beam strength. Only the teeth are heat treated on Carbon Flexback blades to allow for a flexible backer suitable for contour cutting.

Carbide Saw Blades:

Carbide band saw blades are your solution to cut through materials bi-metal and carbon steel blades just won’t cut. Carbide band saw blades provide high wear resistance and toughness when cutting a variety of applications such as: case hardened steels, spring steels, high speed steels, nickel based alloys, case hardened steels, composite graphite, high nickel alloys, titanium, inconnel, and other exotic metals.

If you still have some lingering questions, please feel free to contact Detroit Band Saw or call at 877-421-3636.

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