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Anybody know a way to make a reasonably sooth cut in Hardiboard (backerboard)? I've been experimenting with cutting a piece donated by a neighbor by scribing and snapping it off. The edges are a little more raggedy than I would like. Would like to figure a way to cut curves, and smooth edges on this stuff. The manufacturer recommends against using any kind of power tools due to the hazard from silica dust in the cement. I imagine this stuff would ruin a saw blade pretty fast due to being abrasive. Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Joe,
A "Surform" (cheese grater) file/shaper cleans up the rough edges fairly well...
 

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Joe -- I utilize a 4 1/2" hand grinder with a dry diamond blade on it.:) I generally buy the store brand at lowes or HD for about 1/2 the price of the name brands like DeWalt,and Bosch, at about 10-12 bucks. They last for a long time and can be used for stone or tile as well.

It does make some dust, but since I try to cut the Hardi products or stone/tile outside of the barn it doesn't really matter, and I just wear a filter mask while cutting.:cool:

With some practice you can cut curves with really smooth edges. Godd luck with your experiment.

Mark
 

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Hi Joe.... I just went to the local hdw. store and got a cheap saw blade for 5 bucks. Took my shopsmith saw outside and cut out the backerboard in to small pc. for my building .. Then just blow off the saw and wipe it down after i finished. Nice and smooth cuts, and then take a raps to knock off the corner a little.
Looked pertty good after I drilled a hole in the center of the backer boards for the building plugs.
 

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For cutting curves such as mounting turnouts,I bought a jigsaw blade at the local hardware store that had grit on the teeth.Can't remember what it was used for,but have cutout 6 or 8 mounts for turnouts with it and it still is good for more.

Fred
 

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Hey Joe,
I don't know how much you are planning to cut, but I bought an electric shear for the Hardiboard for about $160. It looks like a power sheet metal shear, but cuts the Hardiboard like butter, and leaves a clean edge. Best of all, you won't die of silicosis from cutting!:D
 

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I purchased a special hardiblade for my compound mitersaw. It cuts down on the dust and also is designed to not dull. It was probably around $99. If you need help locating a blade let me know, you should be able to do Google searches and find places that sell them.

I made sure I used a strong fan and respirator to keep from breathing the dust.

Raymond
 
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