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Recommend a saw for plastic shower panels

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by Tay7, 9 Jan 2016.

  1. Tay7

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    Can someone recommend me a hand saw for upvc shower panels.

    Ive got a 14tpi Spear & Jackson Predator uPVC saw but its still not gliding through particularly easily on practice off-cuts.

    The shower panels seem to be flexing too much. I can probably make do with the predator but if someone knows something better?
     
  2. Burnerman

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    The secret is to hold them down really firmly if you can, and then use the hand saw at a very shallow angle, if possible. Consider spraying the cut with WD40 too.
    John :)
     
  3. Tay7

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    Cheers mate. Ive used masking tape on it and will try wd40. Its just feels like im ripping through it rather than sawing.
     
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    I used to have that problem then I started using the multi cutter which goes through pvc like a hot knife through butter.
     
  5. Tay7

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    What multi cutter?
     
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    The one in his shed.
     
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    I'd try a panel saw. You can get a decent Irwin one for six quid at screwfix.
     
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    Barco do a small saw which has fine teeth and is the best saw I have come across for cutting pvc but if you are going to be cutting pvc a lot then I can recommend buying a multi cutter.
     
  9. Tay7

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    Cheers mate. Iv got a bosch multitool, what blade would you recommend?

    They are obviously narrow blades so to cut down the length of a 2400mm panel face-on can't be easy to line up each cut?

    Il be doing soffits/fascias come Spring so dont mind investing....
     
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    I use the Japanese blades from a company called shark blades they are meant for wood but they work well in plastic too, but if I am cutting any really long lengths then I use the bosch mini circular saw.
     
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    For shower panel I used bosch mini circular saw , but found a stanley knife just as effective.[repeated passes along a straight edge.]
    For soffit , facia I use chop saw, slow pass with 32 tooth blade.[again stanley knife effective with repeated passes along a straight edge]
    With soffit etc most of the cuts are hidden by trim.
     
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