Band Saw Blade Terms

  • (1) Blade Back: The body of the blade that does not contain the teeth.
  • (2) Blade Thickness: The dimension of the blade from side to side.
  • (3) Blade Width: The nominal dimension of the band saw blade when measuring from the tip of the tooth to the back of the band.
  • Camber: The arcing/bending of the cutting edge or back of the band saw blade.
  • Cutting Rate: The speed at which the cross sectional area of the material is cut (square inches per minute).
  • Feed Rate: The speed of the material pushed into the blade (inches per minute).
  • (8) Gullet: The curved area at the base of the tooth.
  • Gullet Depth: The distance from the tooth tip to the bottom of the gullet.
  • (5) Kerf: The amount of the material removed by the blade cut.
  • Strippage: Occurs when the teeth are pulled or break out of a saw blade.
  • (9) Tooth Face: The surface of the tooth from where the chip is formed.
  • (6) Tooth Pitch: The distance from the tip of one tooth to the tip of the next tooth.
  • (10) Tooth Rake Angle: The angle of the tooth face formed by a line perpendicular to the cutting direction of the saw.
  • (4) Tooth Set: The bending of the teeth to the right or left to allow clearance of the back of the blade through the cut.
  • (7) TPI: The number of teeth per inch as measured from gullet to gullet
Blue band saw blade with numbers pointed towards the different terms of the blade
Band saw blade with blade terms and where they are located. Includes: width, length, thickness, tooth per inch, cutting edge, and back of blade