Hi, Im getting an increasing amount of sleeper work, including retaining walls and raised beds. Usually Ive just been using my trusty panel saw to cut them, however this is labour intensive on big projects. Ive been thinking about getting a circular saw but Im not sure if this would "do the job" as presumably you have to make two cuts as the blades are not deep enough for one? Maybe this is ok but i just cant decide. The other option may be a bigger stihl saw with an all purpose blade but Im not sure on the accuracy of these? Would anyone with experience like to comment and point me in the right direction in what to purchase/hire Id greatly appreciate it Thanks Dan.
A bit of "light reading" for all you sleeper fans!
I normally use a chainsaw with an old chain sharpened but theres always grit in the sleepers that dulls the chain very quickly I would look at buying one of these if working with old sleepers again for new sleepers i use my bosch mitre saw gm12sd or a chainsaw with a good chain
Reciprocating saw works well for me. Cut some oak sleepers recently, very clean.
The occasional squirt of WD40 on the blade helps.
gary newton said:
- try a recipicating saw
I have a Dewalt DW718-XPS which has a 305mm blade. Depending on the size of the sleeper you can get through in one go but if not I just finish with a good sharp handsaw. I used it on an upturned sleeper retaining wall last year and made 116 cuts without any blade dull. The main reason I used the saw over my chainsaw for that project was that we graduated the sleepers down to ground level so it meant I could consistently cut the same angle.
Otherwise I use this :-)