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Forum topic by mattfeldman posted 08-17-2012 04:49 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2012 04:49 PM

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I am looking for a good hand rip saw. When I look on line some rip saws are 4 tpi and other ones are up to 12 tpi. I would think that a rip saw would need more tpi an I wrong? What makes a rip saw a rip saw?

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 05:10 PM

Fewer teeth per inch is normal for a rip saw, but for ripping in thin stock you might have a relatively high tooth count.

The main difference is the angle of the cutting edges of the teeth.

A cross cut saw will have bevels on the points that alternate from tooth to tooth. This allows the teeth to slice through cross grain fibers. Like knives.

A rip saw, on the other hand will have cutting edges perpendicular to the saw; square bottomed in other words. Like a series of little chisels to run parallel with the grain.

The lower number of teeth and hence deeper gullets allow for clearing the stringy fibers produced by a rip cut.

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 08:45 PM

Thank you for the response, that totally answered all my questions

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 11:42 PM

Mattfeldman, let me know if you are unable to find a decent one. I can get you set up with a full sharpened and properly set saw if you need.

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 12:32 AM

Brit has a great discussion on hand saws here:

It’s an interesting read.

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