Scroll Saw Blades

Types and Applications

General Tips for Scroll Saw Blades

Blades should be tensioned properly. The center of the blade should not move more than 1/8" laterally, when reasonable force is applied. Too little tension weakens the performance of the blade.

As a general rule for all blades, use lower numbers for thinner stock and higher numbers for thicker stock.

More teeth per inch (TPI) provide finer cuts and is good for soft wood. Fewer TPI provide a coarser cut and is better for hard wood. Use the highest number blade for your application (larger blades are more durable).

As a general rule for all blades, use lower numbers for tighter radii and higher numbers for more general purpose cuts.

Reverse Tooth blades work best with 1–2 reverse teeth showing above the table on the upstroke! Adjust the blade in the holder or trim when necessary.

Let the blade do the cutting slowing down the feed rate to minimize burning. Also, use a lube stick on the blade or clear shipping tape on the workpiece to inhibit scorching.

Precision Ground
Scroll Saw Blade

Types of Blades and their uses

Precision Ground Tooth (PGT) blades

The Olson PGT blades have razor sharp teeth that cut faster, smoother, and more accurately in both straight and radius cuts. The tooth geometry is designed along with widely spaced gullets to minimize burning. Made of the finest carbon steel for maximum strength, durability and longest blade life.

Crown Tooth blades

These blades cut on both up and down strokes. The two way cutting action provides a smooth, splinterless finish, and clean edges. When worn, the blade can be turned over for cutting with a fresh set of teeth!

Reverse Tooth blades

These blades have skip style teeth and reverse teeth that eliminate underside tear-out and provide a smooth, splinter-free finish.

Flat End Spiral blades

These blades have all the spiral blade features, plus flat ends to make installating and holding the blades easier. Offered in the two most popular sizes.

Spiral blades

These blades saw in all directions with 360º cutting capability. Excellent for 0º radius scroll/fret work – no need to turn the workpiece. Bevel cut letters and numbers.

Mach blades are

These blades precision milled with widely spaced gullets that minimize burning and provide rapid chip removal. Reverse teeth cut on the upstroke and eliminate underside tearout

Skip tooth blades

These blades are excellent for fast cuts that provide smooth finishes and good chip clearance. Univ No. 3/0 – 5 blade sizes can be used to cut cold rolled steel, copper, brass, aluminum sheet and bronze. Soft metal up to 1/8″ thick can be cut easily, whether single sheets or several thin sheets in a stack cut.

Pin End scroll saw

These blades blades are for machines that require 5″ pin end blades. They are perfect for Sears Craftsman, Penn State, Delta, Ryobi and all 15″ and 16″ imported scroll saws that require pin end blades.

Double tooth blades

These blades have two teeth together followed by a flat space for efficient chip removal. They cut fast, leaving clean edges in wood and plastic.


Sanders can be used on most 5″ scroll saws. Modifications may be needed.

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