Blade Tooth Sets and Style
Tooth styles for your bandsaw blade have three basic categories: regular, hook, and skip.
Regular tooth blades have their teeth spaced proportionally and are ideal for cutting fine-finish thin materials, contour sawing, and general-purpose cutting.
Hook took bandsaw blades have generally larger teeth and a +10-degree rake angle. This angle along with the larger teeth help the blade to feed into the material more aggressively, also resulting in faster cutting rates. Hook blades are common use when making longer cuts in thicker wood, hardwood, metal, or plastic.
Skip tooth blades have their teeth spaced widely and have a 0-degree rake angle as to disallow clogging when cutting soft wood, plastics, and non-ferrous metals.
For joinery and cutting curves, a variable pitch blade provides a fast cut with a smooth finish with its alternating sets of different sized teeth.
To see a blade’s set, look down on the teeth.
A raker tooth set has a tooth to one side, followed by a tooth going to the other side, and a straight tooth, called a raker.
A tooth set without the straight tooth is called an alternate tooth set. The pattern for this kind of set has a tooth going to the left, followed by a tooth to the right, continued with no straight tooth. There is a double alternate plus raker set has a straight raker tooth that comes after two side-teeth combinations.