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Old 05-01-2013, 02:16 PM
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Rip cutting railroad ties

I am bidding a project for a incomplete wall started by another possibly incompetent contractor.

They sourced 100x irregular railroad ties 6"x8" built the wall, stepped up in some places etc. The courses are finished to various heights. The other contractor backed out when his next load of ties showed up at 7"x9" dimensions. I need to make about 32x 6"x8" railroad ties to level up the top course so I can switch to 7"x9" ties that are available. I've looked everywhere for the 6"x8" ties first contractor used to no avail his work is good and well built but the homeowner said he freaked and quit when his next load of 100 ties 7" x 9" showed up (still on site for me to use)

My two solutions (I've come up with - I'm open for your suggestions) are remove about 45x 6"x8" ties (about 15 deadman also) and level it up from there or rip cut 32x ties to the 6" x 9" dimension and build the wall. I was thinking of purchasing a Makita 5402 NA (16 5/16" circlular saw) to accomplish this figuring I can rip down maybe 4 ties an hour and have them ready to go in 8 hours? Any comments on the Makita saw for rip cuts or am I crazy thinking I can do this? Saw is not cheap but nearby pawn shop does have a nice newer looking one for $400.

Thanks for your comments and ideas!
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:20 PM
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Saw will do the job, but plan on extra blades. The pitch on those ties has enough grit embedded in it to dull even the best blade . If you do a lot of RR tie work that saw will pay for itself.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:47 PM
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Get the pawn shop saw and have at it. This must be a monster wall.

Maybe a mill would cut them for you?
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:22 PM
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Rip cutting railroad ties

Use a table saw and raise the blade all the way up, then flip them over and go through the other side. Even if you have to finish the cut with the big circ saw, you know your lines will be dead on. And you don't have to measure every one.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:54 PM
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My solution for that job would have been "tanks, but no tanks"
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:08 AM
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Agreed. That sounds atrocious. RR ties are so ghetto
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:38 AM
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Agreed. That sounds atrocious. RR ties are so ghetto
Not to mention used and already deteriorating when you get them.

Pressure treated lumber is even better than RR ties.


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Old 05-16-2013, 12:28 PM
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just finished a rr tie wall the other day.. luckily we had all the same ties 7x9 took about 150 ties including deadmen. i would see you eating through blades like crazy to do rips, not to mention that some of the ones we got had spikes in them and various other metal. like stated above i would check with a local mill and see if they could rip them.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:44 PM
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We use concrete cut off saws with rescue blades to cut them. Just have to take precautions because RR ties are soaked in kryosot (spelling is probably wrong). It can burn skin and lungs.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:46 PM
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That's "creosote", and the sawdust you make is toxic waste. It is also carcinogenic.
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