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Our installation tech expert with Swiss Krono discusses the importance of safety gear and the right kind of saw blade to use when cutting laminate flooring planks during the installation process. As he points out, you will always have to cut the floor to length. He cautions to always wear eye protection and an N-95 dust mask, unless you’re using a “dustless” cutter like professionals use. He recommends that you should always cut outside your home.
He shows the correct and incorrect saw blades for comparison. You should use a carbide-fiber tipped saw blade with a high tooth-count. Depending on the size of the saw you’re using, the tooth-count could go up over 100.
The teeth of the saw blade should come in contact with the face of the product. By sawing that way, you reduce chipping. However, chipping is a minor concern because the end that you saw will be hidden under the quarter-round or other trim at the base of the wall or transition.
Remember, laminate flooring is very hard, so you may need more than one blade to finish your project. Even a carbide-tipped saw blade will dull significantly cutting through laminate flooring. If you use a chop saw, you may see sparks and smoke. That’s because you’re sawing through the aluminum oxide wear layer, one of the hardest coatings there is. So it’s good advice to always have a couple of carbide-tipped saw blades handy!