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Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? #5138713
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A friend asked me to install a vinyl planking floor, for money, about 600 sq ft.

I wss watching YouTube videos and they all use a snapper. I have a compound miter saw. Can I use that or will it destroy the blade? Or tear the planking? I figure a blade is cheaper than the purchase of a snapper.

Re: Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5138734
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Rent one, perhaps?


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Re: Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5138743
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Most of the DIY sites I visit just recommend scoring with a utility knife and breaking it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0vf_BMSiqY

Re: Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5138814
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My vinyl was light weight from Lowe's but scoring with a knife and breaking worked fine.


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Re: Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5138896
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Scoring and snapping works fine unless you need to cut an L corner. You can also use aviation snips or a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade for these cuts

Vinyl planking is too soft and pliable for a miter saw.

Re: Cutting vinyl planking, Do I need a snapper? [Re: JLawrence08648] #5139012
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I scored it with a utility knife. Worked great. I did buy some sort of expensive blade from lowes, not specific to flooring, but it worked well.


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