Installing hardwood floors can be exhausting, back-breaking work, and the tools needed to support the installation can be a pain to use. Typical wood flooring projects require a miter saw to cut planks to length and a table saw to cut them to width. If the planks are wider than 5.5 inches, either a 12-inch miter saw or a 10-inch sliding miter saw is needed. When starting an installation project, users have to either haul both saws from the workshop or garage to their installation site, or they must run back and forth to make all of the cuts needed until the project is complete. Then there’s the question of dust collection if you happen to be inside the home, or are doing renovation work. Skil’s groundbreaking Flooring Saw saves time, energy and money by allowing users to make these cuts with just one tool.
Drawing from the brand’s expertise in cutting and their innovative product development process, Skil unveiled their Flooring Saw. The Skil Flooring Saw allows do-it-yourselfers and installation professionals alike to leave their bench top tools in their workshops and upgrade to a multi-functioning saw that makes clean cuts in nearly all directions. The ease of use and flexibility of this tool is sure to impress even the most seasoned flooring installers.
Designed to cut through hardwood, laminate and engineered flooring up to 8 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick, the SKIL Flooring Saw smoothly makes miter cuts between zero to 47 degrees and also quickly transitions to a fixed saw allowing rip cuts to width.
“The ability to make both miter cuts and rip cuts in all wood flooring types with one saw makes this tool a pioneering product that DIYers and flooring installers are going to appreciate,” said Garth Prince, Product Marketing Manager for SKIL. “Whether your installation project takes you to the attic or the basement, our new Flooring Saw offers the ultimate in cutting innovation. After receiving extremely positive feedback from installers who tested it during development, we know they’re looking forward to its launch. DIYers are also going to see this saw as a great alternative to larger bench top tools for their flooring projects.”
We can see the incredible “handiness” of this tool as it’s a no-brainer that a single, portable tool like this would be incredibly convenient to have when installing flooring that requires lots of cuts on-site. In the past I know I’ve brought my miter saw inside, but table saw cuts still took place out the door. With the Skil Flooring Saw this may be a one-stop tool that simplifies the entire installation process. The saw features a large aluminum tabletop with miter detents at the most popular angles, ensuring cutting accuracy for all skill and experience levels. SKIL’s engineering team had the foresight to design the tabletop height to 1-1/2 inches, the same height as a piece of scrap 2x material or two pieces of stacked oak hardwood flooring. This allows for support of extra long flooring pieces so they don’t bend or tip off the table during cuts, increasing accuracy and safety. The Skil Flooring Saw comes with a 40-tooth carbide tipped blade – which provides a clean cut without shredding laminate or splintering oak. Additional features include a built-in cord wrap, a handle for easy portability and a convenient push stick that stores under the table top. Available online and in select retail and hardware stores nationwide beginning in March, the new SKIL Flooring Saw (model #3600) will have a suggested retail price of just $159.