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Old 07-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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What type of blade and saw is best for cutting laminate? I have a chop saw but I've noticed dual-rail " flooring saws". Are they necessary?

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Hope not, I've been cutting laminate for at least 10 years with just a compound miter saw.
It's suggest to use an 80 or 100 toothed blade, I've cut it with less without a problem.

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the material is murder on blades---I used to make a cutting box for a Skilsaw--Now I use the cheap 7 1/4" sliding chop saw from Lowes--Kobalt--works very well.
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I bought a 10" blade for my table saw and a 12" blade for my miter saw, brand is CMT "fine finsh" for laminate. The laminate material does not cut as well in my miter compared to the table saw. The table saw rips right thru the 12mm laminate effortlessly. Looking back, I could do without the second expensive blade for the miter. My miter saw is not a sliding type (which would help), just top down cutting angle. It cuts fine in the miter, but the table saw is seriously effortless. I bought the blade on amazon.
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I use my jig saw. I stay down on the floor. No getting up and going to the chop saw. All the cuts are hidden by molding so not much need for super precision. The jig saw cuts through quickly and its right there on the floor with me as I go along.
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I use my jig saw.
I use a cordless jigsaw too. Medium wood blade. Cut from the bottom side of the board to prevent pulling or tearing of the finished side. Use a speed square to scribe the line as a guide. Very little mess and saves time and your knees.
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I use my jig saw. I stay down on the floor. No getting up and going to the chop saw. All the cuts are hidden by molding so not much need for super precision. The jig saw cuts through quickly and its right there on the floor with me as I go along.
+1, I've been a flooring installer in the uk for 25 years. Take 3 pieces of laminate and stagger them and then cut with a jigsaw.

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