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cutting railroad ties??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by T.E., Mar 6, 2004.

  1. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    What have you all found is the best way to cut railroad ties? Thanks, Tony
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Try a chainsaw.
  3. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    Tried a large circular(I think it was 12 inch). Was a pain to keep from binding. I also tried a 8 inch and cut it twice, took a long time. I now use a chainsaw and square 3 sides to assure a straight cut-Harry
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    The best thing I found is, don't laugh is an electric chainsaw. I don't know why they seem to work better than a gas but they do for me.

  5. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    If you use a chainsaw be ready to go through alot of chains. the creosote(sp?) will really eat them up. Unless you have newer ones which perhaps doesnt have it.
  6. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Same as everyone else...

  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    You can try a big circular saw wiht carbide tipped blades. I've tried this and it worked pretty well. A chinsaw is still faster but doesn't give as nice a cut.
  8. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    I assumed you were talking about treated 6x6es, we call those ties. The creosote ties are no longer available here, and if I remember right they had a steel S on the ends that prevented you from cutting them. I didn't know you could still get Creosote ties-Harry
  9. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    chainsaw with a carbide chain. it will cut nails with no problem.
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    This is not a slam, but railroad ties pretty much look like junk anyhow. So a nice cut is pretty much lipstick on a pig:p. I always steer people away from railroad ties, and even pt 6x6's.

    There are a lot of segmental retaining walls that are almost as cheap to construct, and IMO, hold up a lot better. Timber walls always seem to creep in eventually, no matter how well built.

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