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Old 12-12-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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Cutting Railroad Ties


client wants me to replace 15 or 20 of these , they come 12 feet in length
whats the best way to cut them if i need to ?
best power tool for this?

i looked it up on utube ,. there was no talking , just a video of the guy cutting through a tie, and it looked like it took him 3 or 4 minutes , and it looked tough.
he was wearing one of those throw away painters over-alls , full face mask and goggles and gloves
it showed him using a gas-powered stihl saw( possibly a 14 inch) . but it didn`t show what type of blade he was using .

any info would be appreciatted
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Chainsaw is the easiest. I am sure they have something in them that will give you cancer. I've cut hundreds and still cancer free A mask if your worried about it, I'm not.

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I found the you tube video

They are just wood. That looks really dangerous, and time consuming.
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Re: Cutting Railroad Ties


Yup chainsaw, get out a framing square and red lumber crayon if you want to make accurate cuts. Watch out if you're cutting just a little bit off one end, sometimes there are metal plates put into the ends of these which you don't want to cut through. It's heavily treated wood so a dust mask is a good idea, but you are cutting below you so you shouldn't be breathing in a lot of dust.
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Re: Cutting Railroad Ties


Interesting, it looks like he can make a pretty smooth cut with that cutoff saw, smoother than you can get with a chainsaw. But a chainsaw with a new chain will cut through it a lot faster.

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You can get a smooth enough cut with a chainsaw as long as the chain is tight and the bar isn't worn too much. Also, I prefer a longer bar when cutting - it's easier to get lined up to your cut lines. I'd definately check for metal before cutting, you can never tell where there might be something.
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real r/r ties are very abrasive and chains need sharpening often
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I will never forget about the time I thought I could cut a telephone pole with a chainsaw. How do they get that rebar in there anyways..
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thanks guys

just never did it.
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Chain saw is slow, chain gets worn very quickly.

The very fastest way is with a demolition saw and a carbide blade.
You will need to flip the tie over and cut from both sides. you will get a much better cut, much faster, and not need to sharpen the chain after each tie.

I've done it both ways, the demolition saw wins this in a run away.
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how bout a sawzall... whatever you do, dont burn any!
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For health concerns with RR ties check out http://waterquality.montana.edu/docs...wq_faq_3.shtml
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Did a whole day of those with my crew for my son's Montessori school.

We just hit them top and bottom with the worm drive at full depth then finished with a sawzall and shorter/stiffer, carbide-tipped blade. Sawzall rode the deep cuts smooth and easy. We had to do miters on every one.....and fast....cause it was fo free. We beveled the edges with a power planer for anti-face scarring on falling 4yr olds.
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There was this one time........got really drunk.......had a couple rail road ties.............had a fire................all day.........after.
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We have done a bunch with a chain saw. Its not too bad look for spikes, metal and rocks before you cut and I would recommend a full chisel chain.
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You dont want to get that creosote sawdust down your pants.
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You dont want to get that creosote sawdust down your pants.
I remember a few years ago my dad milled up some telephone poles on his sawmill and the creosote gave him some sort of chemical burns on his arms. Pretty nasty stuff.
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I've cut many R/R ties with a chainsaw.
Ya they dull fast but never put too much thought into making super clean cuts.
After we are talking R/R tie's.
I,ve never used them for anything but a retaining wall or garden steps.
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client wants me to replace 15 or 20 of these , they come 12 feet in length
whats the best way to cut them if i need to ?
best power tool for this?

What's it for?.. Try talking him out of it..There just gonna rot again anyways.. stone, stone, stone... PS I love when the ties start rotting and then bees/yellow/wasps slide in there.. they all come out to greet me..
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16inch beam saw

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