Wood floor cutting tools

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You can easily Install wood flooring if you have a working knowledge of power tools. The power tools required to cut wood flooring products are not unique to wood flooring and anyone interested in installing or repairing wood floors should have several wood floor cutting tools.

Mitre Saw

A mitre saw is usually all that is needed for boards 5 inches or less wide. A mitre saw is better than a circular saw for making accurate, straight cuts. Many wood flooring installations require cutting the wood floor at an angle to meet the angle of the walls in the room, such as around bay windows. Mitre saws make this task easy because the saw locks at the desired angle so it's easier to make more cuts at the same angle than with a circular saw.

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The compound mitre saw should be used for boards wider than 5 inches. These saws can cut boards up to 11 inches wide, depending on the design of the saw. The sliding compound mitre saw can ensure a straight cut along the entire width of the wood floor material.

Table Saw

Any wood flooring installation will probably require ripping a board along its length to install the last piece of wood floor. A table saw will ensure good, clean cuts.

Jamb Saw

The jamb saw is useful for wood floor installation under the trim around doors. The saw can be set to the height of the finished wood floor and used to cut door jambs before installation under the door jamb to achieve professional-looking results.


The jigsaw can make special cuts not possible with a mitre saw, table saw, or circular saw. A jigsaw can make a clean cut if there is a pipe protruding through the floor, such as for kitchen islands, not possible with other wood floor cutting tools.

Circular Saw

The primary use of the circular saw in wood floor installation is cutting the plywood or oriented strand board subfloor. A circular saw is useful in repairing an existing wood floor. Circular saws are available in several varieties: the worm drive, sidewinder, trim saw, and cordless saw. A quality sidewinder is probably the only kind of circular saw you'll need.

Toe Kick Saw

The toe kick saw is useful if cabinets are sitting on flooring that is being replaced. This saw eliminates the need to chisel the old flooring out before beginning the new installation. The saw allows for cuts flush to surfaces at a 90-degree angle with the floor, such as walls or cabinets.

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