I was at the BORG earlier today picking up a couple items when I ran across a new tool I've never seen before. I just about walked right by without giving it a second thought. Two reasons for this. First, it was in a Ryobi box and I've never really been impressed with that brand. Second, I was over in the flooring area and I thought at first that it was a tile saw. I've already got two of those so I don't need another one.
I stopped and looked closer and discovered that the box said "Flooring Saw". There was a stack of three boxes there on the floor but there wasn't one on display. I was intrigued so I took some more time to see just what it was. Basically it looks like a sliding miter saw. But it's got a nice table, fence, and miter gauge on it. It's a 5" saw that you can use to crosscut, miter, and rip laminate flooring up to 3/4" thick and 8" wide. It's got a dust collecting bag on it.
One thing I hate about doing laminate flooring is the mess it makes when you cut it. It's a VERY labor intensive job to install because I always end up having to go OUTSIDE to cut the product. I don't want to make a mess in the house because most of the flooring I do is in currently occupied homes and not new builds. It looks like this thing might be just the ticket because I can set up very close to the actual work area and save me a TON of time going back and forth to the cutting area. I haven't done any laminate flooring in a while but I know what I'm going to be buying next time I get a laminate install job!
I'm a little leery of the Ryobi brand but I don't do a ton of laminate flooring work so it's not like the thing will be getting a ton of use. Here's a link to some info...
I'll make a full report when and if I ever pick one up.