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4 Primary Tools You Can Use To Cut Fiber Cement Siding

by Milton Myers

If you have fiber cement siding on your house and you are looking to replace some of it, you need to make sure that you have the right tools on hand to cut the siding with. Here are the four primary tools you'll need to cut fiber cement siding

#1 Jigsaw

A jigsaw is great for cutting curves into cement siding. It is also great for cutting holes as well. When using a jigsaw to cut cement siding, make sure that your saw is equipped with a carbide coated blade; this type of blade is strong enough to get the job done. Additionally, a jigsaw works best when you cut the cement siding from the backside instead of from the front side.

#2 Fiber Cement Shears

You can either purchase special fiber cement shears, or you can purchase an attachment for your electric drill that will turn your drill into fiber cement shears. Handheld electric fiber cement shears are very versatile and can be used to make both straight and curved lines. When using these shears, like with the jigsaw, you want the backside of the siding facing upwards towards you.

#3 Circular Saw

One of the most common tools used to cut cement siding is a circular saw. A circular saw is really strong and can be used to cut several pieces of siding that are stacked together, allowing you to cut multiple boards at once.

When using a circular saw, make sure that it is equipped with a polycrystalline diamond-toothed blade; this blade is strong enough to handle the heat that comes with cutting cement fiber. If you are trying to make right-angle cuts with your circular saw, it is best to use a rafter square.

The only downside to using a circular saw to cut cement siding is that it creates a lot of dust, so make sure that you wear a breather or mask as well as protective eyewear when using this tool.

#4 Carbide Tipped Scoring Knife

For quick cuts, you can use a carbide tipped scoring knife to score the cement fiber and then snap it in half. This does not produce very clean cuts, but is effective if you need to just quickly cut some cement siding down to size. Although you can use a standard utility knife blade to score the cement siding, it will wear down rather quickly and you'll have to replace the blade frequently, which is why it is worth it to invest in a carbide tipped scoring knife.

If you don't have access to these tools, or don't know how to use them, contact a cement or roofing specialist like those found at Joslin Concrete LLC to assist you with the job.