Cut off saws

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DAVELAWN, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. DAVELAWN

    DAVELAWN LawnSite Member
    from MASS
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    How are the Stihl models.....most here run about 950. Anyone use them for pavers, I question whether they are the right tool, rather than a wet saw..
     
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love mine - just watch your feet !
     
  3. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use the Stihl TS 400. It takes a 12" or 14" blade. It is the right tool for certain cuts. For example: for cutting your overlaid pavers in place, it is the right tool; for doing precise cuts on caps or bullnose pavers, it isn't the right tool.

    In my opinion, every paver installer should have a table saw (wet or dry) and cut-off saw.
     
  4. Masonman

    Masonman LawnSite Member
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    My main saw is a Partner 650, 12" diameter. I use the Stihl as a backup. The Partner cuts better with less vibration I feel. Also, the less weight of the partner is a huge arm and back saver.
     
  5. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    My cutoff saw WAS a Homelite DM50, till I lost compression and learned I couldnt get parts anymore. now I prefer the Stihl TS700, or TS760.
     
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Gotta agree Mike. A hand held will just not give you the precise cuts you will need in some circumstances + its dangerous to try them with a hand held. BTW the stihl TS 400 is a great saw for 95% of all paver work, just the right size
     
  7. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mac, I checked out the Stihl ???. I forget the nomenclature, but it was the next size up from the TS-400. It was a 14" only and much heavier. For me, the TS-400 was a no brainer. I've been happy ever since.
     
  8. DAVELAWN

    DAVELAWN LawnSite Member
    from MASS
    Posts: 73

    Just curious, what did you pay for the STihl?
     
  9. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Approximately $900.00.
     
  10. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    $400 with a diamond blade, used 1 time by a guy that went out of business. Still had warrenty left on it. Love those newbies
     

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