Hi. I was using my bro's hand held 7 1/4" Craftsman saw today with a rip
blade to try and remove ply subflooring. The ply was 3 layers thick in most
places, about 1.75" total and the saw seemed to hang up easily. Is it just
underpowered for this type of job, or was the blade worn?
That's a pretty big job for most any handheld saw...
New blades, in multiblade packs, are pretty cheap, however. And with this
kind of work, hitting buried fastners, adhesives and knots, you're going to
want new ones pretty regularly.
Another alternative is a reciprocating saw (Sawzall is one brand name).
This is _not_ a precision tool in most workers' hands, however. But for
demolition and tearout, it's probably safer...
First thing to know is, a circular saw does not like to cut circles. Doing
this type of demo work you will need a good supply of blades. I would
suggest some carbide tipped ones as you will definitely hit several
nails/fasteners along the way. Use a guide to insure a straight cut. Take
shallower cuts. Check blade often for overheating and warping. Stop when you
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