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Old 01-16-03, 07:56 AM
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I need to buy a saw to use in installing a laminate floor. Without spending lots, what kind of saw would provide the cleanest cut?
 
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Old 01-16-03, 03:46 PM
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AnnieStanley:

I use a power mitre saw like this, and it works great, even after years of abuse:

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MAK-LS1030N.html

You likely could get a less expensive saw at Home Depot or similar store.
Probably you will only be making end cuts, and that isn't too difficult a job for a cheaper saw.

I would suggest that you put your money into a good quality blade. That is what will make the most difference.
You could easily spend as much on a quality blade as a cheap saw.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/tenryu/miterp.html

http://www.coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/a/accessories/saw/10_tablesaw.htm?E+coastest
 
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Old 01-17-03, 11:30 AM
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Remember most of your cuts will be the last piece against a wall and hidden by the trim.
 
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Old 01-18-03, 04:59 AM
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Most of the cuts that you will be making will be cross cuts, cutting the planks to length. A $100 power miter with a $50 carbide blade will work fine for that. You will also be doing some rip cuts, to get the last plank to the proper width when you come to the wall, and, you will probably be doing some cutting to get the plank to fit in places like the dishwasher alcove. For that, you will need either a circular saw (again, invest in a good carbide blade for it), or you could get a jig saw. The circular saw would be faster, but it is more dangerous.
 
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