The best blades for cutting soft materials
What is the best blade to use for cutting soft materials?
We have three blades that are specifically designed for soft materials, and these three blades will grant you the cleanest cut in soft materials. When we talk about soft materials, these are materials such as cardboard, polystyrene, carpet, leather and rubber. Two of the three blades you are about to learn about have no teeth, but rather an extremely sharp edge that will puncture soft materials like a hot knife through butter. One of the blades has teeth, however it is an extremely high TPI and still provides an extremely clean cut.
Bosch have two blades designed for soft materials. Each blade has a straight, clean and fast cut.
T113A – The T113A is a blade with one extremely sharp edge rather than teeth. It is designed for cutting all soft materials including rubber, leather, carpet, cardboard and polystyrene. The total length of the blade is 100mm, however the working length is 50mm. This blade has a T shank so will fit most modern tools, but please be sure to check this with your tool before purchasing.
T313AW – The T313AW has an extremely straight, fine and clean cut despite having extremely small teeth on the blade. This blade is very long with a total length of 152mm, and a working length of 100mm. The working length allows you to cut through thicker and denser materials and provides the blade with a longer life span, providing you use the entire blade. This blade has a T shank so will fit most modern tools, but please be sure to check this with your tool before purchasing.
Makita have a single blade designed for cutting soft materials. This blade is the Makita A-80416 and it will cut through paper, cardboard, cork, rubber, leather, carpet and polystyrene with ease. The working length of this blade is 75mm which allows for a longer life span. The type of cut that this blade produces is a fast, coarse cut. This blade has a T shank so will fit most modern tools, but please be sure to check this with your tool before purchasing.
All three of these recommended blades will perform brilliantly when cutting soft materials, and they are all recommended. However, for a long lasting blade, the T313AW is highly recommended due to the working length of the blade.