Site Tips, Episode 8: Three ways to cut studs
Let us know if you prefer worm drive saws or sidewinders. We will pick one comment at random and send you a $50 gas card.
August 29, 2018 by canadiancontractor
In this video, Canadian Contractor publisher Rob Koci takes us on a trip down Nostalgia Lane – to the time he was a rookie framer in the disco era (that’s the 1970s, kids) and was wielding the first worm-drive circ saw of his career (a 1975 model Skilsaw that Rob still uses).
First day on the job, Rob was taught 3 ways to cut studs. In this video, he repeats the lessons he learned (with a 2018 Skilsaw).
Which brings up an interesting point: In the U.S., there is a definite difference between the circ saw preferences of West Coasters versus East Coasters. Out West, framers just love their Skilsaws and other worm drives. In the Eastern part of the country, it’s sidewinders for sure. We are not sure if there is a Canadian regional preference for the two main types of circ saw configurations.
Rob likes the blade on the left side of the machine – as with a worm drive – so he can see the cut easier. But many people find sidewinders lighter and better balanced. It’s an endless debate.
Let us know whether you are a worm drive aficionado, a sidewinder contractor, or you use both equally. The comments field is down below.
NOTE: Power tool safety is a question of both knowledge and experience. Neither Canadian Contractor, Annex Business Media nor our sponsors assume any responsibility whatsoever for injuries sustained in attempting any of the cutting techniques shown.
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