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    I'll be installing a laminate floor this weekend, first time. What brand/tooth count blade is best to use? I'll be using a 10" cut off saw.

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    Sorry, I just had to. I don't know what blade to use.
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    I don't remember the blade I used, but I do remember that it was toast afterwards. Whatever material they use on the top of the flooring I used is some tough stuff! I HIGHLY recommend using safety shield for this project. Most of my house is now laminated flooring. High tooth count and carbide tips are my main recommendation for the blade.
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    Floor is done, I used a 60 tooth count cheap Irwin blade. Made it through the whole project, trim and 330 sq foot floor, with the one blade. It is now scrap metal lol.
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    If you watch when you cut that stuff, there's small sparks that come off the top surface. My experience too is your blade should be trashed or sharpened afterwards cause it'll be toast.
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    Oh yeah, there were sparks for sure. It's some really tough stuff.

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    Yes, laminates have come a long way in a few years, some are very attractive and bulletproof. They no longer have that hollow clicking sound many did when they first came out. The good ones look just like real wood, but are much more scratch resistant.

    I have been thinking of putting some in the shop, entry to the house, to replace some linoleum.

    My son put a beautiful dark mahogany laminate in his home on the bottom floor and kitchen, after 3 years and with 2 kids it takes a beating and still looks like new.

    It is tough stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post
    Yes, laminates have come a long way in a few years, some are very attractive and bulletproof. They no longer have that hollow clicking sound many did when they first came out. The good ones look just like real wood, but are much more scratch resistant.

    I have been thinking of putting some in the shop, entry to the house, to replace some linoleum.

    My son put a beautiful dark mahogany laminate in his home on the bottom floor and kitchen, after 3 years and with 2 kids it takes a beating and still looks like new.

    It is tough stuff.
    How is it for slippery when coming in out of the rain with wet shoes ? We're thinking of replacing the carpet in the church entryway and hadn't considered the laminate.
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