What Kind of Saw Is Needed For Laminate Flooring?

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Cut with the right saw and your planks are sure to fit.

There are two special issues involved with cutting laminate flooring: the saw blade must create a smooth-edged, finish quality cut and the blade the must be tough enough to continuously cut through the laminate plank's gummy layers of glue. If you select a saw blade that satisfies these requirements, you can use several types of saws to cut laminate flooring, including circular saws, miter saws and jig saws.

Tooth Spacing and Size

The type of saw blade used to cut laminate flooring is called a "finish" saw blade. Finish saw blades mount into all types of circular saws, such as hand-held power saws, miter saws and table saws. Also, finish quality saws are available for jig saws. A finish blade's teeth are smaller and more closely spaced than a general purpose blade's. The finish blade's tooth spacing and size creates a smooth edged, splinter free cut across laminate flooring.

Saw Blade Material

Carbide-tipped saw blades last longer and cut cleaner than purely steel-toothed blades. Carbide is a tough, mineral-grit; it resists wear and remains hard throughout long laminate flooring installations.

Choosing Saws According to Application

There are three types of cuts required to install laminate flooring: crosscuts, rip-cuts and scroll cuts. The term crosscut refers to cuts made straight across a plank's width. The best saws to use for crosscuts are the hand-held circular saw and the miter saw. The term rip-cut refers to cuts made across the plank's width. Although the best saw to use for rip-cuts is a table saw, a hand-held circular saw can also create rip-cuts. The term scroll cut generally refers to curved cuts. The best saws for cutting scroll cuts on laminate flooring are jig saws.

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