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Hi, im putting down laminate flooring the cheaper type version made out of particle board stuff.

Im finding it really dulls the blade when cutting, any reason to this?

Is there something in the boards?

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Hi Namluke

Laminate flooring is HDF high density fiberboard. With extra hard coatings on top and bottom of the planks. It is hard on blades. They have laminate cutters/ heard you can rent or buy which act like a paper cutters

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37 minutes ago, swiftyfrommi said:

Us a jigsaw and a high tooth count blade. Good side down.

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And breathing protection.  

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It won't be popular but I don't cut hdf laminate with good blades.  I buy a new 50t combo Avanti blade from hd (~$30) for that job. 

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I agree, do not use a good blade for cutting laminate flooring. Cutting it is very hard on a blade, use something you consider semi disposable.

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I sorta remember my friend that installs flooring said some of that laminate flooring has a oxide finish.Same stuff that's used to make sand paper and it cannot be matched outside of the factory.

Super tough on blades.

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Laminate and pretty much any other pre-finished flooring eats up blades pretty good. I always figure in 1 or 2 cheaper blades (depending on how much flooring I am installing) in the $40 range to burn up on the project. 

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I use the Freud Pergo Blade.  It's pricey but lasts waayyyyy longer.    Just did a whole house with it and it's still a brand new blade. Easily would have killed a blade or two of the cheap ones.  You'd need to do more than just one flooring job to get the $'s worth compared to a couple cheap blades though. The very first time I installed a laminate floor I had a nice finish blade in the saw. Killed that really quickly. :/    Bosch Jigsaw blades seem to hold up ok too.  I like the reverse cut blades. I can mark my notches etc. on the top and cut without tear out.    Long rips I actually do with my 18v Saw and a decent blade. They're not too pricey and I don't really care if there is some chipping on the floor because it gets covered with baseboard anyway.  

The dust is nasty though!  So protect yourself from that.

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I used a combination of table saw and sliding miter saw for the laminate I installed last year.  I bought a cheap blade for the miter saw, and used the factory Delta blade that came on my table saw when new.  Good use for a blade that I had replaced almost immediately after buying the table saw, and was just sitting around looking for a purpose.  It really dulled the blades, which was expected. 

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