The width of the cutting beam. Typically the kerf width for an abrasive jet ranges from 0.020" to 0.060", depending on the nozzle. A water jet has a narrower kerf, with 0.005" to 0.014" being typical. See also tool offset.
The slit or slot made in a work piece by a cutting tool as it removes a portion of the material to part it; knife-edge bands part a material, but take little or no kerf. Set, not gage, determines width of kerf.
The width of the sawblade (circular or band) and the source of sawdust. The more traditional circular sawblades are wider (1/4" to 3/8") than the newer band saw blades (1/8" to 3/16") and produce more sawdust, a waste byproduct of sawmills.
The width of the sawblade tips (circular or band) and the source of sawdust. The more traditional circular sawblades have tips with a wider kerf (1/4â€ to 3/8â€) than the tips on new bandsaw blades (1/8â€ to 3/16â€).
The cut made by a saw blade (the material actually removed by the blade). Saw blades of different thicknesses will leave a different kerf. When changing saw blades, if a blade with a different kerf is installed, caution must be exercised because a different kerf will affect the accuracy of the linear measuring system on that machine.