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Possible to cut a 6.5mm vinyl plank (no underpad) with utility knife?

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Jul 7, 2020
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Possible to cut a 6.5mm vinyl plank (no underpad) with utility knife?

Tried my best but have not managed to succeed. Looks like i am missing some techniques here.
Any one any experience & any tips please how to best cut those without saw?
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A cheap corded saw off Kijiji will make your life way easier.
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Frayed edges for sure
Get a saw
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Dec 21, 2020
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Take a look at this video. It's a good overall video but the relevant part for you is around the 5:30 mark. Youtube
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Manufactures say to score and snap, but it is easier said than done. Lol. Using a saw is way more easier.
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I've been score and snapping 6mm plank with no issue today. Exacto knife and a carpenter square. Make a bit of a gouge and they are snapping fine.

Score the face side. Flip over. Rest knee on one side of the piece near the line. Pull. Snap. It might feel like its bending but the clean line snap comes after.

Saws are messy. So much vinyl debris. I use a table saw to rip plank horizontally but for trimming rows to length, score and snap is faster and cleaner
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Shaidin wrote: I've been score and snapping 6mm plank with no issue today. Exacto knife and a carpenter square. Make a bit of a gouge and they are snapping fine.

Score the face side. Flip over. Rest knee on one side of the piece near the line. Pull. Snap. It might feel like its bending but the clean line snap comes after.

Saws are messy. So much vinyl debris. I use a table saw to rip plank horizontally but for trimming rows to length, score and snap is faster and cleaner
This? https://www.staples.ca/products/10957-e ... KAQAvD_BwE
I tried with other Dewalt & also stanley knives but looks like my plank is Rigid 6.5mm vinyl after removing underpad. Will give it a try again
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nowhere2010 wrote: This? https://www.staples.ca/products/10957-e ... KAQAvD_BwE
I tried with other Dewalt & also stanley knives but looks like my plank is Rigid 6.5mm vinyl after removing underpad. Will give it a try again
Sorry I guess Exacto was the wrong word, its just a generic utility knife.

Clamp the carpenter square to the plank to help keep a clean line. Score three or four times. Then snap.

My planks are the 6mm + 1mm underpad Duraclic XRP planks from Lowes.
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May 3, 2012
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I bought a laminate flooring cutter for my first LVP project. It worked out much better than scoring and snapping, saved me time and frustration. I've been using that cutter for later LVP projects without any problems. For ripping and odd cuts, I use a circular saw and jig saw. They work but create insane amount of dust/debris.
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It's actually pretty important how good a utility knife you have.

I laid 1/4" vinyl planks in a shed this summer. Could not get score-and-snap work for the life of me with the cheap dollar-store utility knife I had. Switched to an old, no-name but 20+ year old metal utility knife that worked very well. The old knife held the blade firmly and transferred hand pressure fully into the cut through the blade. The cheap new one was flimsy; adequate as a box-cutter or similar, but the blade flexed from side to side in preference to deepening the cut in hard material.
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If you’re having difficulties scoring the planks deep enough, get one of these, as they give you more leverage:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/dewalt ... 1000708290

I also found that using hook utility blades made it easier as well. But I mainly use a knife to do offset cuts, etc since a good flooring cutter made things a ton easier.
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nowhere2010 wrote: Tried my best but have not managed to succeed. Looks like i am missing some techniques here.
Any one any experience & any tips please how to best cut those without saw?
Damn it! Use a jigsaw with at least a 20TPI blade for a perfect clean cut.
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