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We agree with Skil’s site: Hardwood (or high-quality laminate) flooring is indeed one of the slickest improvements you can apply to a room in your home or office. But installing ’em can be a job. Skil’s solution: Replace the miter saw, table saw, and various accessories you need to do the job with a single tool that’s small and light enough to carry around in one hand. It’s cheap, too, streeting for around $200 — about what you’d pay for a basic miter saw alone.

Hell, you can probably see how this saw works from the picture above alone. With the saw in its longitudinal mode you can re-saw flooring to fit, like you would on a table saw. Flip it to crosscut mode and you can chop board to length — a job you’d normally take on with a miter saw. It can miter, too, with detents at 22-1/2 and 45 degrees.

The miter and rip fence are made of die-cast aluminum, and that’s a 4-3/8″ 7-amp trim saw attached. It ships with a 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade, but like most miter saws, you’ll probably see the best performance by replacing the blade with a higher-quality model designed more specifically for whatever flooring material you’ve selected. The whole thing weighs 25 pounds, and the base is about 2′ x 1.5′ in size.

The bottom line: We’re guessing that most pros will stick with less project-specific tools as they’ll likely take on other trim work as well as flooring to pay the bills. But while we’d have to try one out to tell you for sure, this sounds like a pretty slick solution for the homeowner looking to pick up a tool, floor a couple of rooms, and move on. What do you think?

Model 3600 Flooring Saw [Skil]
Flooring Saw Demo Video [Skil, warning: Flash]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

6 Responses to Skil’s Single-Solution Flooring Saw

  1. Shopmonger says:

    I am wondering if this would be a good homeowner replacement for a table saw? IF you can truly rip 2x material, and you can use it to cross cut, this could be a space, money and time saving tool for more than just flooring, like a poor mans version of a RAS.

    ShopMonger

  2. PutnamEco says:

    Looks like Skil finally found a way to get around all the safety regs that keep tools like the flip saws and those Euro miter saws with the table saw on top (like the Bosch GTM 12 Professional). Delta did make the Sawbuck but I believe that had a rather short production run.

  3. fred says:

    @PutnamEco

    We bought one of those Deltas and their “Sidekick Saw” which had a 6-1/2 inch blade and in a cricular saw that ran on a 3 rail carriage that could be tilted and swiveled to do compound miters. The triangular geometry sounded like it should have maintained rigidity. Initially we liked it for cutting flooring but the saw did not hold up. Flimsy plastic components (saw handle etc.) were not up to even modest abuse.

  4. Eric says:

    Bringing the saw into the room you’re working on does cut down on all the time spent on schlepping materials back and forth from the room to the garage, which is nice. On the other hand, it also means that you’re bringing the noise and the dust into your living area, instead of leaving it all in your regular work area. That could be a deal-breaker.

  5. Eric Renkiewicz says:

    I use a shop vac connected to the miter saw or table saw when cutting inside. I found a trigger actuated vacuum switch on sale for $25 a while ago. Here is the product. It works just perfectly. It also stays on for 7 seconds after you release the trigger to clean out the hose line

    http://www.amazon.com/i-socket-110m-Tool-Vacuum-Switch/dp/B001BSL1BM

  6. Mr.Miz says:

    Can’t wait to see a maker mod this into a $200 Panel saw.

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