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Vertical Band Saw TPI Chart

Always use the widest sawblade possible – the blade will be stronger and will withstand greater feed pressures. Blade tooth pitch is decided by the work piece and machinability. A minimum if two teeth should be in contact with the work. Coarse teeth are generally used for soft materials, fine teeth for hard materials and thin sections. The larger the workpiece the fewer the number of teeth per inch required.

The best surface finish is produced by fine tooth pitch, high saw speed and slow feed rate. Increased cutting rates are obtained by using a coarser tooth pitch, higher saw speed and faster rate of feed. Maximum Blade Life is achieved by selecting a medium pitch blade, slow saw speed and medium rate feed.

Please click on the Material you will be cutting from the list below. For help visit our Help/FAQ page

Popular Materials:

Plywood

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

Wood

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

MDF

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

Materials (A-Z):

Aluminum

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 10 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK 1230 920 860 740 615

Aluminum Alloy

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 8 R 6 SK 6 SK 3 SK 460 370 310 275 155

Brass, Hard

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 8 R 6 SK 6 SK 150 92 62 55 46

Brass, Soft

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 10 R 8 R 6 SK 6 SK 310 245 185 135 92

Bronze, Aluminum

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 8 R 6 SK 50 43 37 30 25

Cast Iron

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 10 R 10 R 8 R 30 43 37 30 25

Dural

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 8 R 6 H 3 H 370 310 230 92 62

Fibre

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 8 R 6 SK 370 310 185 90 77

Fibre Glass

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 310

Graphite

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 18 R 18 R 14 R 14 R 770 770 770 770 770

Magnesium

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 8 R 6 H 3 H 1080 925 770 615 310

MDF

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

Phosphor Bronze

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 6 R 3 SK 3 SK 3 SK 460 370 245 215 150

Plastic (all types)

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 14 R 6 R 6 H 6 H 770 615 460 390 310

Plywood

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

Rubber (hard)

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 R 6 H 6 H 1080 920 920 615 615

Wood

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
10 R 8 R 6 SK 3 SK 3 SK

Steels:

Mild Steels

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 8 R 6 SK 6 SK 71 68 62 62 62

Nickel Chrome Steel

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 8 R 6 R 46 40 31 31 31

Maganese Chrome Steel

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 6 R 6 H 38 31 28 19 15

High Speed Steel

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 8 R 8 R 6 R 38 28 23 19 19

Tool Steel

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 8 R 6 H 31 28 28 23 23

Stainless Steel

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
18 R 14 R 10 R 10 R 8 R 28 23 19 17 15

Tubes and Sections

Size of material - mm
Teeth per inch/Tooth Form
Size of material - mm
Blade Speed - m/min
Up to 6 mm 6-13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm Up to 6 mm 6 - 13 mm 13 - 25 mm 25 - 75 mm over 75 mm
14 R 10 R 10 R 8 R 6 R 77 62 55 53 38