Best Jigsaw Blades for Plywood, Hardwood, Laminate & Metal – 10 Options for 2019

When you need to work in a tight space or cut any specific shape, jigsaws are ideal. This is why they are the most favorite power tool among DIY workers or professionals.

To have the most effective outcome from your jigsaw, you need to get the right blade for it.

And there you’ll get puzzled!

Because there are tons of variety of jigsaw blades are available in recent days.

So you must have a precise idea about what you need to work with your specific workpiece. No doubt it is tough to have a clear idea about the requirement for new users.

If you are a new DIYist or want to get the more perfect blade for your project, you can simply go through this article.

Because here I’ve listed some must check features of a jigsaw blade to have a smooth finishing on your workpiece no matter what the type is.

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Bosch T102BF 3-Piece 2-5/8 In. 13 TPI Clean for Plexiglas Bi-Metal Jig Saw Blades
Hitachi 725397 4-Inch 6 TPI Jig Saw Blades For Fiber Cement Siding - 3 Pack
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Bosch 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set T5002
Bosch T10RC 10-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set Optimized for Extra-Clean Wood Cutting set of 3
DEWALT DW3742C 14-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set with Case
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Bosch T102BF 3-Piece 2-5/8 In. 13 TPI Clean for Plexiglas Bi-Metal Jig Saw Blades
Hitachi 725397 4-Inch 6 TPI Jig Saw Blades For Fiber Cement Siding - 3 Pack
Bosch 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set T5002
Bosch T10RC 10-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set Optimized for Extra-Clean Wood Cutting set of 3
DEWALT DW3742C 14-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set with Case
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Bosch T102BF 3-Piece 2-5/8 In. 13 TPI Clean for Plexiglas Bi-Metal Jig Saw Blades
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Hitachi 725397 4-Inch 6 TPI Jig Saw Blades For Fiber Cement Siding - 3 Pack
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Hitachi 725397 4-Inch 6 TPI Jig Saw Blades For Fiber Cement Siding - 3 Pack
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Bosch 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set T5002
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Bosch T10RC 10-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set Optimized for Extra-Clean Wood Cutting set of 3
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DEWALT DW3742C 14-Piece T-Shank Jig Saw Blade Set with Case
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Top 10 Jigsaw Blades Review

Bosch T102BF 3-Piece

Features

  • Best for: Plexiglass;
  • Package includes: 3 pieces 2-⅝ ’’ plexiglass cutting blades;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

Choosing the right blade for acrylic or cast acrylic is important if your living depends on it. But this task is tricky as well because soft materials like foam or plexiglass tend to melt under the heat of the cutting blade. These blades from Bosch eliminates all the problems you have been facing while cutting plexiglass.

There is no overheating of the blades, so, it won't damage the material. Hence, the cuts you get from it are clean, straight and perfect. The added bonus is, like the cleanliness of the cuts, your workplace remains clean as well. Because there are no particles left by the cut to clean up.

Blades are colored marked so that, you will never be confused about its purpose. It is also easy to spot, no need to fish in your toolbox. The price is affordable but its longevity is doubtful though these are bi-metal made.

Things We Liked

  • Does not overheat;
  • Clean cut;
  • Leaves no residue to clean up.
  • Budget blade. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • May not restrain.
Hitachi 725397 4-Inch

Features

  • Best for: Plastic, Hardie board and so on;
  • Package includes: 3 pieces 4’’ blades;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

By the long warranty offer with this pack, anyone can tell that Hitachi is not joking about the durability of this fiber cement cutting blades. While other manufacturers use bimetal materials for the blade, Hitachi made these blades with carbide tipped tooth to cut through abrasive cement materials.

These T shank blades are perfect for straight to circular cuts. So that you can be more creative and play with your imagination while doing home improvement for clients or for yourself. Satisfaction regard to the performance of this unit is guaranteed, because, it comes with 30 days satisfaction guarantee offer.

The longest warranty option for these packs should be the main reason for ordering this unit. Very few manufacturers offer warranty for a product that costs a few bucks, but Hitachi knows how important the durability of such products to professionals. However, you have to pay a lot to enjoy the durability and warranty of this pack.

Things We Liked

  • Long warranty;
  • Durable;
  • Compatible with a variety of hard materials. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Pricey.
Bosch 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank

Features

  • Best for: metal and wood;
  • Cutting capacity: varied;
  • Package includes 10 pieces different sized blades and storage case;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

This pack will meet all your needs for wood and metal cutting. For straight, curve or clean cuts on wood and metal material of different hardness and thickness, there are 5 pairs of blades. The sizes are ⅛, 3/16, ¼, and 5/16. Like other Bosch blades, these also come with a clear indication of cut and material type for each blade.

These are T shank blades so that these are compatible with almost all the jigsaws available in the market. To make these blades break resistance, these are made of high carbon steel. So, these blades are supposed to go a long way even used for professional applications.

Other than wood and metal, you can also use these blades for similar materials like laminate, plastic or acrylic and so on. For the price, the versatile usability of these blades makes this pack suitable for beginners. The longevity can handle demanding applications for a long time as well.

Things We Liked

  • Affordable;
  • Versatile;
  • Clear indication marked on pack and blades;
  • Compatible to most jigsaw models. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No warranty.
Bosch T10RC 10-Piece T-Shank

Features

  • Best for: wood;
  • Cutting capacity: varied;
  • Package includes: 10 pieces 3’’ to 4" sized T shank blades and storage case;
  • Purpose: for clean and basic cuts.

Review

This pack is a must-have for wood carpentry. Whether you are making basic cuts to chop the board in pieces or making a fine, smooth cut to deliver a precise craftsmanship to finish your workpieces, these blades suffice all your needs of wood fabricating.

There are 2 blades of T144DP model to make precise cuts, two are T144DP for clean cuts, two T101AO for extra clean cuts and a basic blade. There is also a pair of blade included with a reverse tooth, that is ideal for making cuts with less debris build up. It would be nice if Bosch included a blade for circle or curve cuts; now you have to be satisfied with the straight cut blades to do those works.

All the Bosch blades are T shank; this pack is no different. These are suitable for commercial grade heavy applications, so, the durability is not a matter of doubt. You just have to spend a few bucks to own this pack that will ensure years of the fine craftsmanship of your woodworks.

Things We Liked

  • Suitable for demanding applications;
  • Long-lasting;
  • Can be used on plastic as well
  • Meets all the need of wood crafting. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Blades meant for curve cuts are not included.
Bosch U19BO 5-Piece

Features

  • Best for: wood;
  • Package includes: 5 pieces 2-¾ inch sized 12 TPI blades and storage case;
  • Blade type: U shank.

Review

If you are one of those rare people on this planet who uses a U shank jigsaw, then this package may become useful to you. It is a package of basic wood cutting blades. For wood carpentry, these blades are must for making primary cuts. From my practical experience, these blades do that job perfectly and swiftly.

The advertisement claimed these blades to be made of high-quality materials. In reality, from the performance, I can rate on how fast and clean the cuts are, but I can’t assure about the blade materials nor the durability. Because the durability of blades highly depends on the materials you are using them and the frequency of use.

This package is highly economic, so, there is no harm to order multiple packages to stay prepared for your applications. Some professional carpenters recommend storing several packages of this model because they break often

Things We Liked

  • Perfect for cutting curves;
  • Compatible with U shank;
  • Makes cutting fast;
  • Budget-friendly. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Breaks often.
DEWALT DW3742C 14-Piece

Features

  • Best for wood and metal; 
  • Package includes 14 pieces 6, 10, 12, 18 and 32 TPI blades and storage case;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

No matter how good your jigsaw is, using poor blades will never ensure satisfactory performance. On the other hand, a good set of blades can leave a clean smooth finish on every cut even they are used in a cheap saw. Durability will be an added bonus for those blades. These Dewalt blades are high-quality blades that are meant to please you with performance.

This set includes blades for clean, fast, down cuts and scrolling on wood materials and metals blades are for metal sheets of different thickness. There is a clear indication on blades not only about the type of material they are meant for any type of cuts they will produce, but also the materials they are made.

Metal cutting blades are made of bimetal and other are HCS made. This pack comes with a money back guarantee for a limited period, so, these are less likely bent or break easily. Like any Dewalt product, this pack is also a bit pricey, but who do not want to pay for long-lasting blades?

Things We Liked

  • Money back guarantee;
  • A clear indication of cut and material on blades;
  • Made of HCS and bimetal. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Pricey.
Kent T244D, 10 Pack 4' 5-6 PRO TPI, HCS T-Shank Jig Saw Blades, For Curved and Fast Cuts in Hard and...

Features

  • Best for hard and soft woods; 
  • Package includes: 10 pieces 4 inches 5-6 TPI blades only;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

These are all-purpose wood cutting blades. For basic straight and curved cuts, these blades deliver fast performance. Due to HCS material, they easily go a long way even after demanding application on daily basis.

There are 10 blades in the pack, but no storage case is included on the packaging. So, Kent charges you for durable wood cutting blades only. You can store these blades in another storage case of your collection to eliminate the risk of missing.

These blades neither overheat nor burn up artificial materials like laminate or plywood. For this reason, I recommend this everyone from DIY hobbyist to professional carpenters.

Things We Liked

  • Made of durable material;
  • Suitable for 1/4" to 2-3/8" thick materials;
  • Does not overheat;
  • Can be used for a variety of cuts.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No case included.
SKIL 94916 16pc Jigsaw Blade Set 94916

Features

  • Best for: all-purpose; 
  • Package includes: 16 pieces 4’’ blades and storage case;
  • Blade type: U shank.

Review

The main reason blades become dull faster is, using the wrong blade for a specific cut and material. To make blades last longer, investing in a package like this one from Skil will be wiser. Because this pack includes a wide variety of blades those are cut specific and material specific.

Most pack includes wood and metal cutting blades and people use those to cut plastic, acrylic and other materials. But in this pack, you will get blades for wood, metal, plastic and all-purpose applications. Besides, for basic, curve and fine cuts, there are different blades too.

HCS material ensures the longevity of these blades, just be sure you are using the right blade for the right job. Per blade costs less than 1 dollar, so, you will not be regretting investing in this pack.

Things We Liked

  • Includes material specific blades for a variety of materials;
  • Costs little;
  • Durable;
  • Case included

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.
Milwaukee 49-22-1178 T-Shank Metal/Wood Cutting Jig Saw Blade Assortment, 5-Pack

Features

  • Best for: metal and all-purpose; 
  • Package includes 5 pieces blades and storage case;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

To make the blades durable like all Milwaukee products, bimetal is used rather than HSS or HCS material. Tooth shape and frequency per inch is decided thoughtfully to ensure clean and smooth cuts on hard metal sheets.  

Two all-purpose blades and three metal blades are included in the package. The only problem is, no clear indication is written on blades about the cut or material to use etc. However, these blades are recommended highly for daily professional use. The price is reasonable for the quality as well.

Things We Liked

  • Long-lasting;
  • Reasonable price;
  • Suitable for professional use. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No written indication on blades;
Lenox Tools 20854F518S T-Shank Bi-Metal Medium Metal Cutting Jig Saw Blade, 5-1/4-Inch x 3/8-Inch x...

Features

  • Best for: medium gauge metal; 
  • Package includes 5 pieces 5-¼ inch 18 TPI blades only;
  • Blade type: T shank.

Review

For thicker metals, you need specialized blades to make cutting slower and smoother. This pack from Lenox tools are longer than other conventional metal blades so that they can cut through medium gauge metal sheets.  These are 18 TPI, hence the cuts are meant to be smooth and clean.

These are bimetal blades, so has a long life. These blades are sold without a case, which has a positive and negative side. The positive is, this set costs very few, you don’t have to pay for a case if you don’t need one. The negative is, if you don’t own case for blades already, you just need to purchase one with this pack.

Things We Liked

  • Suitable for thick metal sheets;
  • Economical price;
  • Long lasting. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No case included.

Buying Guide:

You’ll find different types of blades available in any hardware sho in your locality. But the question is how you’ll be able to select the perfect one for you.

So here I’ve listed some features that you need to check before buying your jigsaw blade.

1. Materials You’ll Cut: 

There are jigsaw blades that are designed specifically for different types of materials. Which means you’ll find blades for every material like- plexiglass, ceramic, fiberglass, metals, marble, plaster, leather, cardboard and more.

Manufacturers have used the color code to make you understand which blade is made for which type of material.

2. Shank Type: 

Next you should check the shank type of the blade. Shank is the part that is attached at the end of the saw. The common types are- U- shanks and T- shanks. Among them, T-shank is the most preferred blade for jigsaw for a quick changing feature.

3. Blade Size: 

Pick the size that matches your cutting style and material. Go with the blade which is 1 inch longer than the thickness of the material. Because longer blades are strong and don’t bend while cutting so you can deal thicker material with efficiency.

4. Blade Material: 

Jigsaw blades are made with various materials. Commonly used blade materials are High Speed Steel (HSS), High Carbon Steel (HCS), Tungsten Carbide and Bi-Metals.

If you need to cut through moderately hard material, you can choose HSS but you should be careful about heat as they are vulnerable to heat.

Tungsten Carbide blades are able to cut the hardest materials smoothly and you can use them to cut any special shape but they are pretty much expensive.

On the contrary, HCS blades are comparatively flexible, cheap and perfect for cutting any soft material. The only drawback is they tend to wear out very fast.

But Bi-Metal blades contains both HSS & HCS so they are flexible and suitable for heavy- duty cuts. And they last longer than HSS and HCS blades.

5. TPI: 

Blades with higher TPI (Teeth per Square Inch) are perfect to deal with hard materials and low TPI is perfect for soft materials. Higher TPI helps the blade to give a nice and smooth cut.

6. Tooth Type: 

In recent days, jigsaw blades are found in ground or milled teeth. Milled teeth will cut your material quickly and roughly as their structure is blunt and you can use them for a long time in comparison with the ground teeth. On the other hand, ground teeth cut the workpiece slowly with a nice and smooth cutting edge as they are designed sharper than milled one.

7. Tooth Layout: 

Jigsaw blades are available in four layout- reverse, wavy, taper and side. Reverse layout teeth are perfect for the type of material which splints easily. Wavy teeth are designed to make straight and fine cuts. Taper teeth help you to have slow cut with fine edges. Side teeth are ideal for fast and rough cuts.

Conclusion: 

Hope you’ve got the basic idea for choosing the right jigsaw blade for your favorite power tool.

Once you find the perfect jigsaw blade, you’ll be able to cut or shape your workpiece properly.

If you’ve find out which type of blade will serve your purpose, you can check the list of top rated product I’ve included in this buying guide. All of them are perfect in their task.

You can also check Jigsaw for Woodworking to know detail about jigsaw.

You can also write to me if I’ve missed anything about jigsaw blade or any other power tool. I’ll came up with all necessary information of them from my own experience.

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