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Old 04-23-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Which way do you usually put the blade in, with the battery down, teeth up or down?

Do you consider this the 'correct/right' way?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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Teeth down mostly but at the end of the day anyway I need it, I use it.
I use Porter Cable Tiger the handle rotates so that give me more freedom.

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I turn it which ever way works best for what I'm cutting. There is no right or wrong way.
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Same here. I wonder if anyone makes blades with teeth on both sides ?
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Depends on what I'm cutting. Teeth down if I'm pulling the saw through a cut such as when cutting window openings. Teeth up when pushing the saw (like when cutting bottom plates out of door openings).
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The only correct way is the way I happen to be using it at the time. It's dangerous to use it otherwise.

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Same here. I wonder if anyone makes blades with teeth on both sides ?
Yes.
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Same here. I wonder if anyone makes blades with teeth on both sides ?
Sure. One make is Boar Blades.

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Same here. I wonder if anyone makes blades with teeth on both sides ?
Use a chain saw.
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Sure. One make is Boar Blades.

That thing looks like it came out of a hacker movie

I'm with everybody else. I depends on what you are cutting. Sometimes putting the blade in with teeth pointing up gives you extra needed clearance.
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If you put the blade backwards, using the orbital action it will not cut correctly
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Thanks guys, I didn't know anyone made those. I'll have to get some.

Hey Killer - chainsaws are for subdivision work.
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If you put the blade backwards, using the orbital action it will not cut correctly
try explaining that to a know-it-all young buck. I was telling him to either turn the blade around or switch it off orbital... wouldn't do either.


We also use a Milwaukee recip which has the 360 degree rotating handle. Not as nice as the Makita AVT.... but certainly handy.
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Teeth up most of the time to take advantage of the reduced bulk above the blade as opposed to below the blade. I flip the blade if it becomes more convenient the other way.
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if im making a plunge cut i put the blade in backwards as the handle wont get in the way, for cutting out osb from r.o i put it the normal way or for cutting drywall.. i find having the blade the opposite way for making dirty cuts is more of a nuisance as the fan blows the dust right in your face otherwise

when i started out a old timer would flip out if you put the blade in the opposite way.... same guy no one on the crew wanted to work with.. ol lester...
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I find I have more strength and control when I up cut. When I pull. This is what determines which way I place the blade.

As others have said... Necessity dictates direction.

Remember... There is NO "Wrong way" if it gets the job done without damage to the tool, the job or the operator.
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Hey Killer - chainsaws are for subdivision work.
So... you aren't suppose to cut trim with one?
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I like my blade sideways
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Thanks guys, I didn't know anyone made those. I'll have to get some.

Hey Killer - chainsaws are for subdivision work.
I've never done subdivision work, and I mostly cut concrete with mine, but I have seen guys that could use one for fairly precise cutting work on demos.
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I've done a lot of demo with chainsaws, you just have to be aware of where nails are.

With a good, tuned up saw, and some skill, you can be well within a 1/16" of an inch with a a chainsaw.

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