cutting though 18 gauge nails?


I need to make a cut that might go through 1 or 2 little nails. I am not sure yet if I will be using a TS or a circular saw, but I think either should go through an 18 gauge nail easily enough, shouldn't it?
I have accidentally gone through finishing nails before, once damaging the blade, but those are a lot bigger. Whatcha think?
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Toller (in RV9Hg.8234$ snipped-for-privacy@news02.roc.ny) said:
| I need to make a cut that might go through 1 or 2 little nails. | I am not sure yet if I will be using a TS or a circular saw, but I | think either should go through an 18 gauge nail easily enough, | shouldn't it? | | I have accidentally gone through finishing nails before, once | damaging the blade, but those are a lot bigger. Whatcha think?
Table saw, carbide blade, safety glasses, stay out of the line of cut. I've cut 10d nails by accident. I slowed the feed immediately I saw the first spark, removed and inspected the blade immediately after the cut (It was my best 100T carbide blade) and found no damage.
I decided I didn't really need to recycle pallet wood after that. It'd have been a pretty expensive "free" board if I had damaged the blade...
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Toller wrote:

Is this for a furniture piece? Can you get by with using a cheapo $10 blade? Can you create new pieces? Is this plywood or solid wood.. because a cheap blade might splinter your plywood veneer.
I've cut through finishing nails several times while trying to salvage trim, but I used an inexpensive blade. A carbide type blade will go through, no problem. I wouldn't risk a $100 blade though.
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wanted to make sure there wasn't some safety hazzard to it; but all say no. thanks
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There are "nail cutting" blades available for handheld circular saws, but for a one-time cut, I would just use a regular carpenter quality blade. 18 gauge brads are pretty thin, I can't picture one or two damaging a blade, but I wouldn't intentionally cut them with by best blades.
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Depending on the size of the nails, the quality of the blade, and the number of teeth on the blade you will end up with varied results. For example, a high quality carbide 100 tooth blade will suffer just a little damge cutting a 18ga brad. But say a lower quality blade of 20 teeth cutting a 16d common will suffer a great deal.
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18 gauge, no problem. Just use a cheap carbide blade. I cut flooring underlayment with a circular saw and hit staples and nails all day long. I even cut concrete boards on the TS with a cheap blade, much harder than hitting a few nails.
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No big deal. If you know you are going to be cutting a nail go very slow. I have cut nails lengthwise with no damage to the blade. Go too fast and you risk knocking the carbide teeth off.
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And the sparks are real purty, too! BTDT
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Never saw any sparks.
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