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    Cutting Hardiplank

    I've done a limited amount of siding with hardiplank in the past and to cut it, I just scored it and snapped it. But this isn't a very smooth edge. Now I'm getting ready to replace the old hardboard siding on my house with hardiplank and would like some opinions on the best way to cut it to get smooth, square edges.
    From what I've read, there are three ways to do this, masonry blade (creates a lot of dust), a special blade for the circular saw (expensive, about $80, but less dust) and metal shears (can get pneumatic ones at Harborfreight for about $40).
    What's worked best for you?????

    Monty

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    RE: Cutting Hardiplank

    The specialized blade, hands down. I linked to several of 'em in the "Just Talking" discussion for CajunRider a little while ago... the ones I linked were, I think, running between about $50 and $75 but with a couple shining examples of vastly overpriced blades. :)

    No, really. The special blades make all the difference. They make cutting that stuff just the same (nearly) as cutting wood. Ya DO WANT a dustmask, though - not as badly as you'd want one if you were using an abrasive masonry blade. Ya use one of THEM & the whole neighborhood will die of silicosis.

    EDIT: BOY, that took some SEARCHING! Here was my answer then:
    http://www.woodworking.com/dcforum/d...=DCForumID8#15

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    RE: Cutting Hardiplank

    Thanks Tim. I'll have to get one ordered.

    Monty

    [http://woodenwonderstx.com/]
    If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, who cuts it up for lumber?

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