What Kind of Saw Is Needed For Laminate Flooring?

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What Kind of Saw Is Needed For Laminate Flooring?
Cut with the right saw and your planks are sure to fit. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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, mitre saws and jigsaws.

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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, mitre saws and table saws. Also, finish quality saws are available for jigsaws. 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 mitre 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 jigsaws.

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