The image above shows the 3 types of blade available for cutting timber. A crosscut saw is designed for cutting across the grain of the timber, will be OK on slant cuts and will struggle with rip cuts. A ripsaw is great for cutting with the grain, but very poor in the other directions. Universal blades are designed to cope with all 3 types of cut, but do not do quite as well as the specialist blades.
Z-Saw make a wide range of universal saws, so let's have a look at these. We will start with 3 screw-fitting blades:
This is the saw which comes packaged with the mini saw guide, and a very nice little saw it is.
This is the saw which comes packaged with the 2 larger saw guides, but is an extremely useful saw in its own right.
This is a dual-purpose saw. In addition to its use with wood it has been designed to cut plastic pipes, a task that a lot of saws struggle with.
We now move on to Fitting Group D hook-type blades. Here we find:
Available with either a short straight fixed handle or a lovely solid folding handle, this is a great multi-purpose saw.
A relatively fine-cutting saw with 16TPI.
Slightly coarser and faster at 14TPI.
A lovely carpentry saw with 14TPI for a smooth but fast cut, and the advantage of being able to fold the blade into the handle for protection.
And finally a couple of heavy-duty universal blades with a different set of handles.
With 11TPI this is a rather fast-cutting saw.
The longest Z-Saw blade and with 9TPI a seriously fast-cutting saw.