I plan to cut 1-1/4" hard maple with a jig saw mainly because I don't
own a bandsaw. Most of the work is with the grain. Can anybody with
experience recommend a good ripping blade for a jigsaw? FWIW, I own a
Dewalt DW331K. A few preliminary cuts indicate this won't be as
painful as I originally thought but it might be a breeze with the
My first thought is that you're probably better off with a portable circular
saw than with a jig saw.
My second thought is that you're definitely better off finding a friend with a
band saw or table saw, than using a jig saw.
If you happen to be anywhere near Indianapolis, bring it on by, and I'll cut
it for you.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Thoughts, no blade is going to really be ideal for cutting 1-1/4" thick hard
Maple or any other wood for that matter. The stroke on the saw is shorter
than the thickness of the wood. Once that ratio is passed the effiency of
the blade drops considerably because several of the teeth in the blade never
come out of the kerf and stay clogged with saw dust.
Not a big mystery, the teeth carry well on the cut stroke, poorly on the
reverse. They may move out slower, but they move out. Especially when the
blade orbits as with the better sawzalls or jigsaws. Then there's the
business of tooth set to consider. Makes a built-in gap for the stuff to
A good ripping blade would have pretty much the same characteristics as a
ripsaw blade. Good gullets and good set in the teeth. The Bosch blades
which are filed to produce the equivalent of an ATB seem to do well on rips,
even on a wood which burns easily like cherry. I've even cut aspen, a wood
known for clogging a kerf with them.
If you move the saw to and from the 4x4 when sawing, you will cut faster
than if you keep the foot against the post. Also the set on the teeth is
wider and this makes a larger kerf that aids in the teeth clearing and some
along with jigsaws have an orbital action that makes cutting much faster but
with the cost of having a rough cut.
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