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Old 10-09-2011, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody use a chop saw to cut vinyl blinds

Figured I'd ask here before I did it


Go to the hardware store and they have the cheaper blinds in either 43" or 46" wide and I need 45". They don't have a cutter so I would have to buy the next blinds up.

The next ones up come in either 44" or 51" and are 3 times the price. I need to do 2 windows and at $30 a piece this is just to damn much.


So anybody ever cut vinyl blinds with a chop saw
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used a miter saw, multiple times. Just get the cheap ones and cut the difference equal on both sides.
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I've used a miter saw, multiple times. Just get the cheap ones and cut the difference equal on both sides.


Taking it this is for wood and I have one of these also. What teeth per inch blade you use? The top rail is thin sheet metal.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They cut them to size for you.
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They cut them to size for you.


Nope. They will not cut these as they don't hav the saw But if you spend 3x on the other ones they will cut them.


So I figured I'd cut them myself.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep no problem, done it many times. Cut throughout the aluminum was rail and blinds all at once. I just don't use my good blades in the saw when I do.
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Yep no problem, done it many times. Cut throughout the aluminum was rail and blinds all at once. I just don't use my good blades in the saw when I do.


What kind of blade and TPI do you use? Have several blades from ripping to cutting melamine to trim.

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Old 10-09-2011, 05:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Chop saws work just fine. Switch from wood blade to cutting disk. Works like a charm
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I used my 4.5" grinder with a cutting blade to quickly cut through the plastic shed roofing stuff over the summer. Probably not as pretty, but it worked damn good. Could probably clean it up fairly easily with a quick pass with a file.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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i have also done it. if there is no metal in it, turn the blade backwards (doesn' matter on the teeth count) and go slow. if there is metal keep the blade the proper way, use the highest teeth count you have and go SLOW. if a tooth catches on the vinyl, it will rip it to shreds.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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tried it...... get homo depot to do it
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I did it with a cordless Dewalt saw and a combo square. Just cut equal amounts from both sides.
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every home depot I've ever been to has the cutter and they even have shades in the $5 range (what I used last time, since it was an apartment I'd be staying in for like 6-12 months... just wanted the sun to stay out of my face in the morning.)

If you do it yourself use a sharp enough blade that it cuts instead of melting its way through, else you will be picking the blind slats apart by hand.
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