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Old 07-12-2012, 09:15 AM   #16
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if you have to rent a saw, how about renting a miter saw. set up a bench and set the saw to 45 degrees. flip the post for each cut, done.
The posts are already set, they are being cut in place.
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Use a 7 saw and finish with a Sawzall or hand saw as previously mentioned.

That can be a dangerous cut if your not well familiar and comfortable with a beam saw.
I don't want to sound ignorant but if I'm running the saw against a jig how is it any more dangerous than using a 7 1/4"?
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I don't want to sound ignorant but if I'm running the saw against a jig how is it any more dangerous than using a 7 1/4"?
Those big saws have a lot of torque and are heavy, close to 20lbs for a 10” and 30 for the 16”.

You’re holding it up at face level trying to make precision horizontal cuts, if the saw binds up I hope you’re capable of controlling it, because you sure can’t just let go.

Being confined to a jig actually increases the chances of binding up in your case btw.

I don’t know you, your skill level or anything else but just asking these questions has me concerned.

I certainly would never hand a beam saw to a rookie and send him loose on what you’re wanting to do.

Others here say go for the big saw and I’m not saying not to, just be aware.
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Those big saws have a lot of torque and are heavy, close to 20lbs for a 10” and 30 for the 16”.

You’re holding it up at face level trying to make precision horizontal cuts, if the saw binds up I hope you’re capable of controlling it, because you sure can’t just let go.

Being confined to a jig actually increases the chances of binding up in your case btw.

I don’t know you, your skill level or anything else but just asking these questions has me concerned.

I certainly would never hand a beam saw to a rookie and send him loose on what you’re wanting to do.

Others here say go for the big saw and I’m not saying not to, just be aware.
I appreciate your concern for safety. I have 8 years of DIY experience in too many areas to mention, jack of all trades type of thing. I have never needed a circular saw larger than 7 1/4" until now since I usually have worked with 4x4 lumber.

I rented the 10 1/4" Makita and I have to say while it was heavy, I actually felt like I had more control since you HAVE to use two hands on it compared to the 6 1/2"'s and 7 1/4"s out there. It did the cuts I wanted and I'm satisfied with the results.

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Sweet ! It might be the glare of the sun on your photo , but I don't see the nipple .
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Sweet ! It might be the glare of the sun on your photo , but I don't see the nipple .
funny guy. This saw actually went a bit deeper and squared it off it seems.
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Well I'm not a circular saw scientist??? How far will a 10'' saw go on a 25 degree angle? I don't own a 10'' circular saw, I just remember using one cutting 4x4 post in one pass. Was it too big of a saw for the job? Knowledge is power, and I'm all about gaining it.
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Your top is now untreated, some clear stain or sealer from the weather may be in order, nice cuts btw! Did you use a guide nailed to the posts or freehand?
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Thanks for the pics and for the feedback.
What did you use for a saw guide?
Clamped on speed square?
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Clamped on speed square would work.. But you would have to move it 4 times per post.. I would have built a 2x4 box to fit over the 6x6 post and had 2 bessey clamps angled towards the bottom and not have to move anything for each post. yeah.. what jig did you have ?
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I'm retreating all of them with green end cut today.

I built a jig out of 2x2s which I slid down the post, leveled and screwed into two sides. The distance from the edge of the fence to the beginning of the angled cut is supposed to be 4" so by using the 2x2s(actually 1 1/2") and adding the width of the saw guard being 2 1/2" I got my 4".
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Well I'm not a circular saw scientist??? How far will a 10'' saw go on a 25 degree angle? I don't own a 10'' circular saw, I just remember using one cutting 4x4 post in one pass. Was it too big of a saw for the job? Knowledge is power, and I'm all about gaining it.
The saw is labeled as a 10 1/4". At 25 degrees it measures 3 1/2" from the edge of the guard to the tip of the blade. At 0 degree's it measures 3 3/4".

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