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I'm installing CoreTec One vinyl plank flooring and I've had trouble finding directions on how to rip it to width. Most of the "vinyl plank" installation guides I've found are for thinner, more flexible product which can be scored and snapped. I've seen suggestions that one can use a circular saw but I can imagine the vinyl might gum up my table saw. If not, that seems dead simple.

  • I installed some very similar flooring recently. My circular saw cut it beautifully with a standard framing blade, and there was no melting or other gumming of the saw. I imagine that you could cut it fairly quickly with a jigsaw, too. – isherwood Mar 27 '18 at 15:34
  • The resource tab on your product link includes some installation guidance. They may call it vinyl, but it looks like some kind of vinyl composite that behaves closer to wood. I doubt scoring and snapping will work. They recommend cutting it with a carbide-tipped blade. The wear surface probably contains aluminum oxide, which will quickly dull a plain blade. – fixer1234 Mar 28 '18 at 6:07
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It cuts just like wood or MDF. I just installed a vinyl plank floor and I was able to do cross cuts by snapping and scoring, cut around door jams using a jigsaw and rip it to length on the table saw. Some brands snap more easily than others, I have had to use a miter saw for a whole floor instead of the score and snap method. If a crosscut was too near the end of the plank I did have to use a miter saw. It produces little vinyl chips kind a like sawdust but a little bigger and they can be vacuumed up easily.

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In your position, I'd try a fine toothed blade in a table saw for cutting the vinyl planks. As long as the material keeps moving past the blade, I wouldn't expect a problematic amount of melting/gumming.

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