Thin Kerf Saws and Accessories

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Fine Kerf Saws 101 ... What you need to know.  

TPI (teeth per inch)


The more teeth per inch (TPI), the finer the cut. For example, blades with 42 TPI leave a smoother finish than those with 24 TPI


Kerf Exp

Refers to blade thickness or the width of the cut made by the blade in parting the material. Zona saws are available in 4 kerf sizes–

  • .008″ (0.2mm) Ultra Thin Kerf
  • .010″ (0.25mm) Fine Kerf
  • .012″–.015″ (0.252mm - 0.381mm) Medium Kerf
  • .022″ (0.56mm) Thick Kerf

By way of comparison standard photocopy paper (80gsm) is approx. 0.12mm thick

Length & Depth

Dimensions Exp

Pull vs. Push

Cutting on the pull stroke:
Pulling, rather than pushing the saw through the wood, puts tension on the blade and makes it less likely to bend. Pull stroke blades tend to be thinner than push stroke blades and leave a smaller kerf (width of cut). These blades make faster, easier, cleaner
cuts with finer control and less waste yet can still rip and crosscut.

A pull saw blade is ideal for precision woodworking, furniture making, craft and model making.  The teeth do not clog with waste material during the cut. When the saw is pulled to cut and returned the blade cleans itself.

Cutting on the push stroke:
A push saw may be preferred for more forceful cutting and for dovetails because sawdust is pushed out the other side of the cut so that the markings are not obscured –while a pull saw may pull sawdust toward you, obscuring markings on the workpiece
(which can be blown off during the strokes). A push saw is less steerable than a pull saw. This can be useful because once a cut is started, it stays in a straight line.




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