While picking the jigsaw for your various wood and metal projects, it is important to know what types of jigsaw blades it supports. The best jigsaw blade for wood differs from the one for metal. The best jigsaw blade for plywood might work great on straight wood cutting but be useless for the curved fine cuts. Besides, even the best jigsaw blades might not fit the certain jigsaw, because of the difference in shank types.
The jigsaw blades vary by the way they are fixed in the tool: T-shank or U-shank.
- U-shank. Not a widely used model nowadays. They have a semicircle shape at the end reminding of the “U” letter. These blades are quite flexible; yet, they don’t last long and tend to wobble while cutting. If choosing the U-shank blades, it is advisable to get ones with more teeth — they wear out slower. To install or remove these blades, a wrench is needed.
- T-shank. Most of the modern jigsaws apply this type. They have a division at their end reminding of a “T” letter. These blades are fixed reliably in the tool. To-date, these are the most popular type of jigsaw blades.
Jigsaw Blades Reviews
Hitachi 725397 — Heavy-Duty Blades for Tough Materials
This expensive set of T shank blades is notable for their strength. Their durability is rated high in any jigsaw blade guide. The blade is made of steel and reinforced with the carbide tip that makes it a perfect jigsaw blade for plexiglass, fiberglass, and fiber cement. The blade works better with the powerful jigsaw allowing making quick and clean cuts.
The blade is 4-inch long and thus, can deal also with the thick plywood or another tough board. However, it has only six teeth per inch that let it deal with the softer materials. At the same time, it is too sturdy to enable fine curved cuts or saw through the thin materials.
- Hard sharp teeth deliver little dust output even when working on Hardie siding.
- Enhanced durability – the blade doesn’t get dull even upon long-lasting cutting through hard materials.
- Require little effort to make sharp clean cuts in even in metal and cement — no wearing out.
- Too wide curve path at angle cutting.
- No possibility to purchase a single blade and save costs.
Bosch 10-Piece — Beginner-Friendly Versatile Pack
This affordable pack contains various blades for different types of materials. There are four basic jigsaw metal cutting blades and three pairs for woodwork. Two pairs have larger teeth and are designed for quick straight cutting. Among them, two blades have a wave-like set of teeth enabling cleaner cut and less effort applied when working. Two blades feature higher TPC and serve for the curved cuts. All blades feel sturdy and reliable.
The blades have the “T” division of the shank and can be applied in the modern jigsaw tools: Bosch, Makita, Craftsman, Milwaukee, and Dewalt. Though some effort must be applied to have the blade lock-in, it sticks and works confidently.
- The metal-bound blades differ in TPI and can deal with thin and thick metals.
- No splintering even at the multi-layer materials like plywood, laminate, etc.
- The plastic storage case is convenient for keeping the blades in one place.
- When used on hard tasks (like thick ferrous metals), the blades become less responsive upon a while and require more effort to cut.
- No plastic-bound blades included.
DEWALT DW3742C — Multiple Size and Purpose Set
The middle-class set includes 14 blades of various types. There is a sturdy saber saw blade having six teeth per inch and slicing the wood effortlessly, with a single blunt stroke. There are sophisticated metal- and wood-bound items having 32 TPI put at a different angle and order. They are especially good at thin curved and cross cuts.
The blades have different length, which is great for applying them to the materials of various thickness. The 3-inch 18 TPI goes steadily through the metal leaving clean dust-free cuts. The T-shank shape lets the blades be inserted and work with different jigsaw models without issues.
- Four sturdy bi-metal units for metal work and ten high carbon steel ones for wood and laminate.
- Each blade is clearly marked stating the material it works with, the TPI number, length and the type of cuts it is best at.
- Transparent two-sided case is handy for storing the new and already used blades.
- The metal-bound blades can bend if applied for quick cutting – however, impressive at a slow job.
- The lids of the blades’ case can slide away occasionally due to the insufficient latches.
Bosch T101AO3 — High-End Wood-Cutting Blades
This small expensive set boasts of three top-quality blades that have the specialty in wood cutting. The high-carbon steel blades have a narrow design to provide the clean splinter-free cut. The 20 TPI ensures the usage for soft multi-layer materials like double-sides laminate and on harder workpieces like solid wood or MDF boards.
The scroll cutting is the primary purpose of these blades. The blade pierces the wood easily and moves steadily, it allows making sharp angle cuts or wavy ones equally smoothly. The teeth are sharp-pointed providing fast blade motion and leaving very little sawdust behind. Among the different types of jigsaw blades, this specific T-shank set is tailor-cut for curved wood-cutting.
- The length of 3-¼ inches fits many modern jigsaws; yet, ensuring the full control over the blade motion.
- Solid work without getting dull for long even at the hardwood.
- The blades are easy to insert and remove; no tools needed.
- The blades are curved below the shank that might cause issues with some jigsaw models.
- The cardboard package wears out quickly and is unhandy to store and pick the blades.
BLACK+DECKER 75-626 — Full Wood-and-Metal Set
The inexpensive U-shank package offers 24 blades for metal and woodworking. The case contains both the blades for straight cuts and the units for curved ones. The TPI varies from 6 to 24. The blades with higher TPI deal with the aluminum medium sheets smoothly, making the precise cuts.
The package has blades with large pointed teeth placed at six per inch that slices the hardwood without effort. The blade with the tiny teeth makes smoother and narrower cuts and fits the softer materials like laminate. The scrolling blade is thin and has small teeth letting it make angles and curves in the wood. The metal-bound blades are thick and saw through non-ferrous metals easily.
- The blades can work heavily at plywood and solid cedar wood without getting dull.
- Can saw efficiently through plastic (PVC) as well.
- Each blade is labeled with the TPI number and sawing purpose / material.
- The blades are quite short – it is problematic to cut anything more than 1-½ inches.
- Fast sawing might lead to blades’ bending.
Milwaukee 49-22-1168 — Versatile Extra-Strong Blades Set
This middle-priced five-pieces set holds durable strong blades fit for sawing through metal, plastic, and wood. They vary in length and TPI. The units have bi-metal build and can get through the toughest materials.
The set contains three items for sawing metals and two – for woodworking. The wood-bound blades are longer and have large and large-to-middle teeth that are good for sawing through solid hardwood or plywood. The metal units are shorter and have smaller teeth that deal easily with metal sheets (both ferrous and non-ferrous), as well as with plastic. All blades are 9/32 inches wide and fit the tools with U-shank clamps.
- The carbon coating and quality HCS steel provide long-lasting heavy-duty work.
- The enforced 48-42-2310 blade can saw through the nail-embedded wood without breakage or bending.
- Blue-painted 48-42-2160 metal blade cuts through tile smoothly exposing little of dust.
- No scrolling blades included.
- The package is unhandy for storing the already used blades.
Task Tools 09962 — Ready-to-Go DIY Kit
The affordable kit of 20 blades for composites and wood is versatile. It holds the blades that saw through wet wood and hardwood and can cut wood derivatives. The blades have different length and number of teeth, their shape and position.
These are U-shank blade types, which fit the old-type jigsaws featuring U-shank fixture. There are units for straight cutting and the careful curved one, for slicing the wood steeply or sawing accurately into an irregularly-shaped figure. The reverse teeth blade is long ensuring the pristine cuts without chipping in laminate and other materials alike. Three blades are intended for the thin-to-medium thickness of metal (straight cuts).
- The Tungsten Carbide build prevents the blade’s bending even at the hardest spots and ensures durability.
- The color-coding and clear inscriptions with the item number and purpose ease up the search for the required blade.
- A nylon bag for blades’ storage comes as a bonus.
- Blades are quite short (from 2.8 inches to 3.6 inches) and might not stick out far enough in some jigsaw tools.
- Metal-bound blades don’t cope with thick steel.
SKIL 94906 — the Minimal Working Set at Low Cost
This small set has blades able to cut curves and straight lines in the wood. There is the multipurpose unit and the short metal blade. The blades fit most of the U-shank-equipped and combined type jigsaws.
The scroll cut blade is thin and cuts through soft wood without effort. It has medium-sized teeth and produces a little sawdust. So does the long wood blade designed for fine straight cuts. When operated slowly, it leaves no splinter and makes fine cross cuts.
The blade with the large and few teeth serves for fast straight cuts through wood and composites. The metal blade can saw through a thin metal sheet and plastic. The multipurpose blade slices equally well through plywood and thin metal.
- Durable high-quality build and solid shank construction.
- Longer blades feature pin-sharp teeth making a fast and smooth initial stroke.
- Blades are comprehensively labeled with their type and number; color-coded.
- Blades don’t bend but can break at additional pressure against hard material.
- The package doesn’t fit for storing the used blades securely.
T Shank vs U Shank Jigsaw Blades
What is the difference between T shank and U shank jigsaw blades? The construction type defines the way the blade is fixed on the jigsaw head. Some jigsaws have a combined mechanism that allows operating both T-shank and U-shaped blades. However, most frequently, a jigsaw is dedicated to a certain type which is also determined in its specification.
The U-shank blades are held inside the jigsaw tool by means of the horizontal screw mechanism. These blades need an Allen key or another tool to be removed or installed.
The T-Shank blades are inserted into the vertical screw mechanism. They are inserted manually. It is the most popular type of blades used in modern jigsaws.
How to Change a Jigsaw Blade
Blade exchange can vary in jigsaws having different blade holding mechanisms.
- With tool-requiring mechanisms, use the Allen wrench to unscrew the bolt holding the clamp. Then using the pliers take out the blade. Position a new blade with its teeth facing in front of the jigsaw, into the clamp. Screw the bolt in. Ensure the blade sits tightly.
- With a tool-less clamp, bend the lever disengaging the blade or ejecting it from the jigsaw head. Take the blade out with pliers. Holding the lever, put a new blade into the clamp. Release the lever and check if the blade sits firmly.
How Thick of Wood Can a Jigsaw Cut
The depth of cut made by jigsaw blade depends on the workpiece material, length, build, TPI, and specialty of the blade.
- Material. HCS blades are usually used for wood. HSS blades can cut through hardwood and thin metal. Bi-metal units can deal with thicker metal, while tungsten carbide cut ceramics and thick steel.
- TPI. The blades with TPi 6 to 20 are made for wood, while TPI 14 to 36 usually serves for metal.
- Specialty. The reverse and plunging blades are designed to make deeper cuts than regular straight and scrolling blades.