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Will Cover
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Cutting fence boards
I have more than a handful of fence boards that need replacing. Circular saw vs. reciprocating saw?

Note, I don’t mind spending more for a circular saw, however it won’t get much use after this. Circular = straight lines? Easier to cut? Or can reciprocating accomplish what I want by using a guide?

Looking at cordless options. I own all Milwaukee and have batteries already ready to go.
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fishfighter
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re: Cutting fence boards
Circular saw. Just buy a cheap one. Will be 10x faster and clean cuts.


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WPBTiger
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Note, I don’t mind spending more for a circular saw, however it won’t get much use after this.


This is one saw everyone should have even if it is not used often.
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baldona
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re: Cutting fence boards
Circular saw will be much faster op. Battery powered circular saw for projects like fences that don’t need exact cuts is the tits.


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Boudreaux35
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re: Cutting fence boards
Are you needing to cut them to different lengths? Hopefully you aren't needing to cut them to narrower widths. That's a pain in the arse without a table saw.

Circular saw is the choice. I'd get the cordless Milwaukee. I don't have Milwaukee but I do have a cordless saw (and a corded) and for quick jobs, especially having to move around, it is very convenient.


Golfer
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re: Cutting fence boards
Circular saw. Cuts will be cleaner and you'll complete the job faster.



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Clames
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re: Cutting fence boards
Circular saw, use a speed square as a cutting guide.


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Bleeding purple
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re: Cutting fence boards
Very surprised no one has asked, what type of fence and what boards are you cutting?


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Bedhog
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Very surprised no one has asked, what type of fence and what boards are you cutting?

no shite huh? OP, Pry the frickin things off with a pry bar and nail new ones up



rented mule
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re: Cutting fence boards
Yeah, I'm confused here? Why do you need a saw to replace fence boards? Pry them off (better yet, if screws were used to install them, unscrew them) then install new boards.


Clames
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Why do you need a saw to replace fence boards?


Because some folks prefer the look of uniform picket height regardless of the terrain the fence is running on.


mctiger1985
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re: Cutting fence boards
Rent 1 from Home Depot if you don't think it will be used much. Probably about $20 for a day.
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Martini
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Rent 1 from Home Depot if you don't think it will be used much. Probably about $20 for a day.



My lord you can buy a cheap one at Harbor Freight for $30 or a decent one at Home Depot for under $50.

But if the OP already owns a reciprocating saw then it will do fine for just a few cuts.

Cut the bottom of the board which won’t show if your hand gets a bit shaky.
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Will Cover
Southern Cal Fan
Sacramento, CA
Member since Mar 2007
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Are you needing to cut them to different lengths?


Correct.

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Hopefully you aren't needing to cut them to narrower widths


Nope.

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Circular saw is the choice. I'd get the cordless Milwaukee.


I ended up ordering the Milwaukee brand. Everything I have is Milwaukee, so I figure I would stay in the family (especially when dealing with batteries). Paid $160 at Amazon and expected in on Wednesday.
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Will Cover
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re: Cutting fence boards
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Because some folks prefer the look of uniform picket height regardless of the terrain the fence is running on.



Bingo.


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ChenierauTigre
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re: Cutting fence boards
Worx makes a little hand held 4" circular saw that is the bomb. You will use it a lot instead of a reciprocating saw.


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