Best Miter Saw Blade for Hardwood, Trim, and Moulding – Top 10 Picks for 2019

Freud 12-Inch Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade

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Freud D12100X 100 Tooth Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade for Wood and Wood Composites, 12-Inch
DEWALT DW3128P5 80-Tooth 12 in. Crosscutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade - 2 Pack
Concord Blades WCB1200T120HP 12-Inch 120 Teeth TCT General Purpose Hard & Soft Wood Saw Blade
Makita A-93681 10-Inch 80 Tooth Micro Polished Mitersaw Blade
Hitachi 725206 72-Teeth Tungsten Carbide Tipped 10-Inch ATB 5/8-Inch Arbor Finish Miter Saw Blade
CMT 253.060.08 ITK Industrial Finish Sliding Compound Miter Saw Blade, 8-1/2-Inch x 60 Teeth 1FTG+2ATB Grind with...
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Freud D12100X 100 Tooth Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade for Wood and Wood Composites, 12-Inch
DEWALT DW3128P5 80-Tooth 12 in. Crosscutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade - 2 Pack
Concord Blades WCB1200T120HP 12-Inch 120 Teeth TCT General Purpose Hard & Soft Wood Saw Blade
Makita A-93681 10-Inch 80 Tooth Micro Polished Mitersaw Blade
Hitachi 725206 72-Teeth Tungsten Carbide Tipped 10-Inch ATB 5/8-Inch Arbor Finish Miter Saw Blade
CMT 253.060.08 ITK Industrial Finish Sliding Compound Miter Saw Blade, 8-1/2-Inch x 60 Teeth 1FTG+2ATB Grind with...
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Freud D12100X 100 Tooth Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade for Wood and Wood Composites, 12-Inch
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Freud D12100X 100 Tooth Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade for Wood and Wood Composites, 12-Inch
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DEWALT DW3128P5 80-Tooth 12 in. Crosscutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade - 2 Pack
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DEWALT DW3128P5 80-Tooth 12 in. Crosscutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade - 2 Pack
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Concord Blades WCB1200T120HP 12-Inch 120 Teeth TCT General Purpose Hard & Soft Wood Saw Blade
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Makita A-93681 10-Inch 80 Tooth Micro Polished Mitersaw Blade
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Hitachi 725206 72-Teeth Tungsten Carbide Tipped 10-Inch ATB 5/8-Inch Arbor Finish Miter Saw Blade
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Top 10 Miter Saw Blade Reviews

12 INCH BLADES

1. Freud 12-Inch Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade (Model No  D12100X) -Editor’s Choice

Freud 12-Inch Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 12 inch, 0.091 plate thickness, 3.0 mm kerf thickness and 100-tooth;
  • Type: Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade;
  • Arbor: 1’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 6000;
  • Applications: Wood and wood composites. 
96%
Our Score

This blade is our top choice not just for its performance, but also how effortless every cut gets with it. Once it is installed, your saw motor and the cutting material will be saved by this blade. It saves power of your machine by performing a lot with a less energy and saves the material by wasting less material during cuts.

This blade stays silent and vibration free during operation. So, precise cuts are guaranteed even on the hardest oak or pine wood and whether the cut is trim or angled. Some even use this blade to cut aluminum too.

You don’t have to sharpen this blade much, one sanding goes for a month even after demanding applications on daily basis. The price is high for this blade, but I can’t say it’s overpriced. Because, for twice the performance and longevity, no one won’t bother to pay twice for this blade.

Things We Liked

  • Draws less amperage;
  • Vibration free;
  • Perfect for hard materials;
  • Needs little maintenance.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

2. DEWALT - 12 in. Cross-cutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade - 2 Pack (Model No DW3128P5)

DEWALT - 12 in. Cross-cutting Tungsten Carbide Miter Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 12 inch, 80-teeth; and 2nd one 32 teeth;
  • Type: 2 PCs tungsten carbide saw blades;
  • Arbor: 5/8’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 6000;
  • Applications: any hard and softwood material. 
93%
Our Score

There are two blades of different types, hence this package is the most versatile one among all the saw blades we have reviewed in this list. Both are 12-inch blades but one has 80 teeth for finer cuts and another one with 32 teeth for trim work. Both are durable and backed by a long warranty.

The 80T blade works wonderfully while cutting hardwoods. It produces less vibration and cuts without chipping or damaging the material. Such blades are suitable for home renovation projects where you need a good blade to tolerate materials of different hardness and density.

On the other hand, the 32T blade comes with a wedged shoulder to eliminate the risk of breakage. This combo pack is convenient for projects where you need to trim large boards before making fine cuts. One pack will be enough for the entire project.

Things We Liked

  • Affordable; 
  • Versatile use;
  • Comes with a case;
  • Long warranty offered.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Can not be sharpened many times.

3. Concord Blades 12-Inch 120 Teeth TCT General Purpose Saw Blade (Model No WCB1200T120HP)

Concord Blades 12-Inch 120 Teeth TCT General Purpose Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 12 inches, .071 plate thickness, .3.0 mm kerf thickness and 120-Teeth;
  • Type: Titanium Carbide ATB Teeth Blade;
  • Arbor: 1’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 4450;
  • Applications: General Purpose Hard & Soft Wood. 
92%
Our Score

This one is a universal blade for 12 inch saw with 1-inch arbor. Whether you own a miter saw, table saw hand saw or chop saw, this beast works wonders with all of them. It leaves fine cuts on any material and those cuts are virtually chip-free. This can be a useful material for making your trim works for stress-free.  

As per the advertisement, as this blade is titanium made, it should last for longer compared to tungsten blades. But I can’t assure that my review is only based on its performance, and that is satisfactory. If you are on a budget or just need an all-purpose blade for you saw, then this is the blade that meets all those requirements.

Things We Liked

  • Compatible with a wide range of saws;
  • Universal cutting capacity;
  • Affordable.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • May not be long-lasting.

4. Freud 12" Ultimate Cut-Off Blade (LU85R012)

Freud 12

Features

  • Size: 12 inches, 0.116’’ kerf thickness and 96-Teeth;
  • Type: ATB Grind Blade;
  • Arbor: 1’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 7000;
  • Applications: for cutting soft/hardwood. 
94%
Our Score

You can never have enough of this blade. It is best at cutting soft and hardwoods and fair enough for other materials like laminate and plywoods. The tips of the blade have side grinders that literally polish the material as it cuts. So, no need of sanding to smooth out after the cuts, the cuts are already glass smooth.

Laser cut slots eliminate any possibilities of vibration that can affect the accuracy of this blades performance. Besides, this blade is coated with Perma-Shield that works as a shield against corrosion and pitch.  It is one of the most expensive blades of our list; that makes this blade suitable for professionals.

Things We Liked

  • Eliminates the need of stabilizing;
  • Polishes the material as it cuts;
  • Vibration free. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive.

10 INCH BLADES

5. Freud Diablo 10-Inch 50-Tooth ATB Combination Saw Blade (Model No D1050X)

Freud Diablo 10-Inch 50-Tooth ATB Combination Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 10 inches, 0.98’’ kerf thickness and 50-Tooth;
  • Type:  ATB Combination tungsten Miter Saw Blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM;
  • Applications: versatile.  
94%
Our Score

It’s the best all rounder 10-inch blade of our list. From ripping to shaving or fine cutting everything is possible on every woody material with this little beast. Its iconic 5-tooth composition makes everything possible with one accessory.

The best thing about this blade is, it saves your time of changing blades. For projects, where you will need to change blades uncountable times, installing this blade can save you from downtime, maximizing your efficiency.

It is affordable, hence from beginners to professionals everyone can have this on their collection. The blade is long lasting, nonsticky and creates almost no-noise and no-vibration. There is no reason that should keep you from buying this versatile saw blade.

Things We Liked

  • Versatile;
  • Budget-friendly;
  • Durable;
  • Shock resistance.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

6. Hitachi 10-Inch Miter Saw Blade (Model No  725206)

Hitachi 10-Inch Miter Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 10 inches, 72-Teeth;
  • Type: tungsten carbide tipped blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 5500;
  • Applications: moldings and veneer.
90%
Our Score

Your home renovation projects can never be flawless without having a miter saw blade with super fine cutting capacity. To get those perfectly clean cuts on crown moldings, this tungsten blade with carbide tip is unrival considering the durability. This blade is the best for seamless angle cuts on crown base or moldings.

If you are a professional, then I would suggest you purchase at least two of this blade to store one. Because, this blade performs as good as super expensive blades; so, there are possibilities of a rise in its price.

The appealing warranty and satisfaction guarantee offered for this blade makes it even safer to purchase and run for a test. You won’t be regretted, because it lasts as new for years.

Things We Liked

  • Warranty and satisfaction guarantee offer;
  • Lasts for years;
  • For demanding applications.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • For fine cuts on soft woods only.  

7. Makita-10-Inch Micro Polished Miter saw Blade (Model No A-93681)

Makita-10-Inch Micro Polished Miter saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 10 inches, .071 plate thickness, .091" kerf thickness, and 80-Tooth;
  • Type: Micro-Grain Carbide Teeth Blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 5870;
  • Applications:  Hardwood, Softwood, and Plywood. 
94%
Our Score

This is a universal blade that leaves a clean finish on any woody materials from hard to softwood or laminate boards. This blade is best for your money because, in this price, you will never get a blade that is as long-lasting as this blade and cuts wood like butter.

For beginners, a single Makita blade will suffice for all cutting demands even on various materials. For a professional, the durability will amaze you, you may not need to use the separate blades to cut softwood.

The micro grain tip of this blade is different from other blades because of its ATAF technology. The tip head is also tilted 5 degrees; I can’t explain its purpose, but I noticed the innovative tip creates a lot of dust during operations.

Things We Liked

  • Budget-friendly blade;
  • Stays quiet throughout the cut;
  • Suitable for any types of wood material. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Creates a lot of dust.

8. CMT  8-½ -Inch ITK Sliding Compound Miter Saw Blade (Model No 253.060.08)

CMT  8-½ -Inch ITK Sliding Compound Miter Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 8-½ inch, .055 plate thickness, 0.087 kerf thickness, and 60-Teeth;
  • Type: Titanium Carbide ATB Teeth Blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 8500;
  • Applications: for cutting plywood, soft/hardwood, and two-sided laminates. 
92%
Our Score

It’s hard to find professional blades for small sale saws. This tungsten blade from CMT is one of the toughest blades that resist abuse of commercial grade applications. The tooth is also placed in a unique combination of 1FTG+2ATB  manner so that this blade can perform accurately for a longer time.

For any critical wood materials including conventional hard and soft woods, two-sided laminating and melamine boards are also compatible with this blade. One blade serves all purpose. Its performance is not noise-free but creates tolerable humming.

Even from the beginner level saws, professional-level performance can be expected if an A class blade is installed. Install this blade and let this perform miracles for you for endless applications.

Things We Liked

  • Comes in a case;
  • Needs sanding less often;
  • Durable finish;
  • Cuts precisely. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

9. Forrest-Chopmaster 10-Inch ATBR Miter and Radial Saw Blade (Model No CM10806105)

Forrest-Chopmaster 10-Inch ATBR Miter and Radial Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 10 inches, 0.109’’ kerf thickness and 80-Teeth;
  • Type: ATBR Miter and Radial Saw Blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM: N/A;
  • Applications: for fine cutting soft/hardwood. 
86%
Our Score

Each Forrest blades are handmade with care and tested before supplying to stores. So, the reliability is beyond compare. This 10-inch blade has a 20-degree face hook, meaning feeding this blade is easier. If you are using this for the first time, you may notice burning on cuts if you are feeding this blade too slowly.

The price of this blade may seem too expensive for some, but you will get what you pay for. It makes flawless cross-cutting that doesn’t need any polishing or sanding anymore. Whether it is a crosscut for moldings or rip cut for flooring wood, after joining the parts with glue, any trace of cutting will be vanished.

Forrest provides factory sharpening service for blades, even if it is from the different manufacturer. I suggest sharpening this blade (which will require less often) from them every time. You will feel the difference; you blades will be better than new.

Things We Liked

  • Suitable for rip and crosscuts’
  • Satisfaction guarantee and full refund;
  • Sharpening services;
  • Quiet. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive.

10. Hitachi 10” Fine Finish VPR Miter Saw Blade (Model No 115435)

Hitachi 10” Fine Finish VPR Miter Saw Blade

Features

  • Size: 10 inches, 0.109’’ kerf thickness and 60-Teeth;
  • Type:  Fine Finish VPR Miter Saw Blade;
  • Arbor: ⅝’’;
  • Maximum RPM: 5800;
  • Applications: for ripping and trimming soft/hardwood. 
88%
Our Score

The advertisement says this blade is a jack of all trades; from ripping to cross-cutting anything and so on. But from my experience, for fine finish, you need a blade with more than 80 teeth and a thin kerf. With 60   and thicker kerf, you can only do ripping different wood materials. So, I recommend this blade only for those purposes only, not for fine cuts.

The tooth is large, made with c3 carbide and brazed with tri-metal. So, this blade can handle industrial level abuse and can be re-sharpened many times (you will need that a lot). For the price, it is a good blade for not-so-fine works.

Things We Liked

  • Can handle severe resharpening;
  • Cheap price;
  • Thick and durable. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not high-quality blade.

How to Change a Miter Saw Blade:

If the teeth of your blade have covered with resin or it leaves scorch marks after using, you must need to change the blade immediately.

For changing your miter saw blade, you can follow these steps-

1. Unplug the Saw-

Before doing any repairing or cleaning, you should unplug your saw to avoid any kind of accident. 

2. Retract Blade Guard & Loosen the Screw:

If your saw comes with the plastic blade guard, you need to retract that manually.

You should also look for the screw that secures the blade guard in place and loosen them to remove the blade from the saw.

3. Press Blade Locking Pin-

In modern saws, you’ll find a blade locking pin in different locations. If your one has a pin, press or engage it, this will help you to remove the blade easily. If your blade doesn’t have any, skip this step.

4. Turn the Bolt That Holds the Blade-

Now you need to turn the blade holding bolt with a hex wrench. You can use silicon-based lubricant spray on the bolt if it gets stuck or holds the wrench in the place and tap gently with a hammer.

5. Mount the New Blade-

Now time to set the new blade in your saw. But be careful while handling with the new saw as it sharp.

To mount the new one, you need to follow the reverse process of unmounting the old blade. Tighten the bolt, release the pin and tighten the blade guard screw.

And voila!!

You’ve successfully replaced your old miter saw blade.

Now enjoy working with it.

Buying Guide:

There are plenty of options available while buying a miter saw blade. But for having accuracy and precision in your workpiece you need the best miter saw blade.

If are aware of a few basic things, you’ll be able to get a nice and smooth finishing for your project. For me, those basic features of a good quality miter saw blade are-

1. Blade Type:

For buying the best quality miter saw blade, you should know about different types of blades available in the market. And definitely choose the one that goes with your project. Available types of blades are-

Reciprocating Saw Blades-

They are perfect for your reciprocating saw. You can cut wood, drywall, metal and many other materials with them.

Circular Saw Blades-

These blades are ideal for tilting. You can use them for cutting wood, masonry and metal.

Fine Cut Blades-

This type of blades are perfect for wood, plywood, core plywood, laminated chipboards and many other materials.

Course Cut Blades-

These blades are great for softwoods, hardwoods and boards.

Very Course Cut Blades-

These type of blades are the best choice for hard materials such as- metal or masonry.

2. Blade Material:

Though most of the saw blades are made of steel, you’ll find different types of blades made with different types of materials. Blades made with steel is pretty much expensive but they are also durable.

Another common material used to made saw blades is carbide, they are also long lasting but a little bit expensive.

you‘ll also find saw blades made of industrial diamond grit. You can easily use them for masonry tilting and ceramic.

3. Size & Thickness:

Checking the size and thickness of the blade are also important.

If you want to cut your working piece sharper and faster, go for the thinner blade.

If you want a blade that can cut through any metal, you must choose a thicker blade, they also last for a long time.

The usual length of miter saw blades are from 5- 12 inches and each size is designed to perform a specific type of saw. It is better to check the documents of your saw to know about its right size.

4. Type of Teeth:

You also need to check the teeth type of the blade before buying.

If you want large cuts, pick the miter saw blade with fewer teeth. But if you want small and smooth cuts, look for a blade with more teeth.

5. Type of Your Saw:

While buying a miter saw blade, you must consider the type of your saw. Every saw requires a specific type of saw blade.

No matter you’re cutting plastic, hardboard, plywood or other material, if you get the right blade for your saw, you’ll be able to finish your projects smoothly with perfection.

FAQ’s:

Q: What type of saw blade is ideal for ripping?

Ans: Different types of saw blades are made for different types of cutting operations. For ripping, choose a blade that has flat top teeth. This type of blades are perfect for ripping both soft & hard woods.

Q: Which circular saw blade is good to use?

Ans: To have a clean cut with less sawdust, you should choose the one with high speed. This type of blades produces less wastage.

Q: Which TPI I should prefer?

Ans: The blade with higher TPI can provide nice and smooth finishing on the edges of your cutting material. They also produce less sawdust.

Q: Can you use a miter saw for cutting a metal?

Ans: You can easily use your miter saw for cutting metal if you get the right blade for the saw. And to know about the right blade for your saw check the package.

Conclusion:

That's all about buying a new miter saw blade.

Think this information will help you choose the right blade for your miter saw. Because only with the right saw blade you’ll be able to achieve the goal of perfection.

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