Types of Hacksaw Blades

Save

Hacksaws are hand tools designed to cut metal that is too thick or hard for snippers or cutters. Hacksaws consist of two main elements: a frame with a handle and a blade. Hacksaw blades are generally classified as either hardened or flexible, though variations in terms of coarseness, teeth pitch and length should also be taken into consideration when choosing the proper hacksaw for your task.

Hardened Blades

  • Hardened hacksaw blades are made of tempered high-grade tool steel. The steel is hardened throughout the entire blade, including the teeth and the backing. Sometimes referred to as all-hard blades, these blades maintain their sharpness and their teeth, but they can be brittle and more prone to breaking.

Flexible Blades

  • Flexible blades only contain hardened steel on the teeth of the blade. The backing of the blade is a flexible metal sheet. These blades are sometimes called bimetal blades. They are less brittle than all-hard blades and therefore less prone to snapping.

Additional Variations in Blade Type

  • Hacksaw blades of both hardened and flexible varieties are available in many forms. The blade pitch refers to the number of blade teeth per 25 millimeter; the more widely spaced the teeth, the coarser the blade. Coarse blades are appropriate for soft metals, while finer blades are better for sheets and harder metals. The set of the blade refers to the angle of the teeth and can be either an alternating set for softer metals or a wave set for harder metals. Blades also vary by length and typically range from 8-inch to 12-inch.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit humonia/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • The Different Types of Hand Saws

    Hand saws are one of the simplest and most versatile tools in any do-it-yourselfer's arsenal. Used all over the world for centuries,...

  • How to Cut Aluminum Trim

    All types of aluminum trim are readily cut with standard saws, although certain types of power saws will require carbide blades. If...

  • How to Cut With Hacksaw Blades

    A hacksaw is a versatile tool that every homeowner should have in her arsenal. The saw and blades are less expensive than...

  • How to Cut Plexiglass With Hacksaws

    Plexiglass is used for many different applications and acts as an alternative to glass. It is much stronger than glass and is...

  • How to Install a Hacksaw Blade

    A homeowner often keeps a hacksaw in his tool box. Hacksaws cut metal components such as bolts, pipes and solid metal pieces....

  • The Best Hacksaw Blades to Cut Steel

    A hacksaw is a versatile type of saw useful for cutting a variety of materials for projects around the home. One of...

  • Hacksaw Safety Rules

    Handsaws are among the easiest saws to use but also can cause lacerations to fingers and hands, and fractures to wrists and...

  • Types of Pitch for Saw Blades

    Pitch is one criteria for a saw blade. Pitch is simply the number of teeth per inch along the blade length. There...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!