Jamb saw recommendations?

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Forum topic by scott_v posted 1478 days ago 918 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1478 days ago

I’m shopping for a good powered jamb saw. Any recommendations?

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#1 posted 1478 days ago

When I installed floors for a living, Crain was the go to saw.

If you need a few doors, you can tape some quarters to the bottom of a piece of flooring. This makes space for thinset or foam. Use a recip saw with a long blade that can flex to conform to the material.

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#2 posted 1478 days ago

Scott, I have found the Dremel MultiMax a pretty good tool for this application. It only cuts 3/4” at a time but it cuts out door jams for flooring pretty quickly. I would not use this if I were going to install flooring routinely but, if you are going to do just a few rooms, it might be something you would be interested in looking at. It is available at Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, etc. and costs right at $100.

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#3 posted 1478 days ago

A Japanese pull saw with a scrap of flooring or other shim /guide will also do the trick if you only have a few to do. Flex the blade to conform to the shim. A cheaper version like the Irwin at HD would be adequate.

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#4 posted 1478 days ago

I recommend a Jamb saw only if you do a lot of jambs.

Otherwise, get a great multipurpose tool that does a great job in almost the same fashion.

Multimaster or
Sonicrafter or

Take your pick, those are all great tools for that.

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#5 posted 1478 days ago

I’ve been seaching on CL for a used Crain for over a year without success until the other day. Got a used 800 model for 60 bucks. Works great and couldn’t be happier.

For the wooodwork (4rooms + 2 pocket doors) I need to cut, I see no other way to do the job other than using a crain or roberts tool. Tried the MultiMax and also a Bosch power hand saw. Zero success. Tools smoked up big time within 2 seconds. I can cut softwood with my little gizmos but the hard stuff is out of the question.

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