Cuts 6x, glulam, paralam, anything under 6 1/4" thick material in one pass. 45 degrees on 4X one pass and a perfect cut. A must have if you do any kind of beam work or alot of 6x material cutting.
No more sanding out the difference in the kerf marks after cutting thru all 4 sides and leaving that little dimple in the middle.
This saw cuts like a hot knife thru butter with a diablo blade. Does not kick back anywhere near as hard as a 7 1/4" circular when it does bind.
This saw is well worth the money spent as its a huge time saver not having to turn timbers over to finish the cuts.
Share your experiences and opinions about this tool.
Obvioulsly a great depth of cut.
Saw has quite a kick to it.
Accuracy has been so-so. It may be that it is such a heavy saw, that setting it down, knocks it out of wack.
Still a great tool, that can do things that others cannot, cut a 6x6 in the field with one pass.
Only draw back to this saw is the safety button. My thumb is to big to grab saw by handle and hold in at the same time. I had to epoxy a piece of wood to it to let the safety protrude out a bit.n Other than that it is a BEAST !
The Beam Saw is an interesting saw to use. The motor on this saw is about the same size as those found on "normal" circular saws. It takes a few seconds for the blade to get up to speed, then it relies more on inertia of the spinning blade, rather than raw power to cut. Inertia of that massive blade also helps prevent kickback... it tends to slowly bog down and bind... rather than kick. This saw gives the user more feedback than most saws. A cutting jig does help keep the saw from binding too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzecgPNpsOE
"The jig really helps keep that monster cutting straight, which is very important with a blade that big (the most minor twisting causes it to bind). The jig features a fence, of course, and a table of MDO for smooth sliding along (timbers can be rough) and both infeed and outfeed support to keep the cut running true. The jig would work well with 10-inch Bigfoot saws too. The bottom cleats that grip the 6x6 were sized for the largest timber in my pile (undersized timbers required the use of tapered cedar shims to hold the jig snuggly)."--Brian Campbell with Andy Engel Professional Deck Builder