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Fuzznut65
Cutting 4 by 4s

My neighborhood subdivision is looking at replacing our mailboxes. The current mailboxes have 4 by 4 posts and 4 by 6 side arms. What is the best tool for cutting 4 by 4s? Table saws, radial arm saws and circular saws specifications list 3 1/8" as max cut. Mitre saws look like a possible solution. The guy at Lowes' said a reciprocating saw was best, but they don't appear powerful enough. Thanks for any help.

ed21
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

A sawzall is certainly powerful enough to cut a 4x4 or 6.
A circular saw will work too. Just make your first cut, then rotate the post 90 degrees then cut again and rotate & cut again.

bp21901
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

A good hand saw would work fine and save you a trip to the health club for a workout! :D

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

All the sugestions above and a 12" miter saw or a chain saw.
Jack

canuk
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

Ditto to all above .... also a bandsaw will work.

goldhiller
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s
Fuzznut65 wrote:

What is the best tool for cutting 4 by 4s?

Define "best".

Best in terms of portability from one site to another, in terms of money invested, cutting the lengths ahead of time, cutting the posts off after they're installed, speed, ease of use......etc. ???

It's usually a compromise because no one tool is always best in all situations.

A. Spruce
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

How about beavers, woodchucks, or trained carpenter ants? ;):p

The most common means of cutting a 4x is as ed21 suggests, with a skilsaw - cut/roll/cut/roll/cut. If you've got the other implements that have been suggested, they all work fine too.

goldhiller
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

Axe...........or two-man buck saw.:D

Or......Formosan termites.

A. Spruce
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s
asc2078 wrote:

My 12" sliding miter saw will even do a 45 degree miter on a 4 x 4.

DB

Show off! :mad:

:p:p;);):D

canuk
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s
A. Spruce wrote:

Show off! :mad:

:p:D

I'll say.:D:p;)

goldhiller
Re: Cutting 4 by 4s

Me, too. :D

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