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Offline jwaite550

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Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« on: April 26, 2018, 03:10 PM »
I am picking up some 3/4" rubber horse mats at our local farm supply store for my garage floor and I know they are not all the exact same size.  I have heard people score them and cut with a razor knife, but I think that would take forever.  I was thinking of using a track saw, but do not want to damage the saw.  If you can use it safely, what blade would you use?  Also would you connect it to a dust collector or just let it fly?  I have some doubt about using my track saw, but maybe someone has done it and it worked ok.
Thank you for any input.

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Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2018, 03:59 PM »
I would probably use a cheap circular saw and a guide. 
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2018, 04:22 PM »
I’d try using a jigsaw with a Festool wavy blade. Bosch also produces this type of blade.

Offline jwaite550

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2018, 04:41 PM »
Thank you for the replies.  I appreciate your help!
Jeff

Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2018, 04:54 PM »
An electric carving knife may work if you have one. Knife edge band saw blades are available but may be hard to find.  Upholstery shops use them to cut foam on giant 4-wheel band saws.

Offline fignewton

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2018, 05:36 PM »
I did to use in the back of my Gator.  TS55 and only made shallow passes until through.  It was pretty nasty, as even with the coarse blade, the heat generated made the “dust” very warm and it wanted to stick on the saw.  Did not use my CT26 but connected to my shop vac instead.  It worked OK, but wasn’t easy and smelled pretty bad too :>0
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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2018, 06:13 PM »
I've used router bits in the past to make custom rubber crash bars for on supermarket doors, should work on mats also.  You may have to play with speed for optimal results.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2018, 05:18 PM by rst »

Offline Cheese

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 06:15 PM »
Here ya go, Festool wavy blade 493656.

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 11:46 PM »
A waterjet makes very short work of materials like this. Shops can be found in most any size city now.

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Offline jwaite550

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2018, 03:33 PM »
Thank you all for your help!  I really appreciate it!

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2018, 05:57 PM »
What’s a horse mat?
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Offline James Biddle

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2018, 08:30 PM »
I used a box cutter to score and cut the mats...There is more stuff in those mats than you want to be airborne IMO.  Not exactly hospital grade material.

Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 05:24 AM »
I had the same question.
I think cutting this with the TS will be a "smelly" job

What’s a horse mat?

Horse stall mats.

Offline justard

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2018, 04:20 AM »
I will go for a festool blade

Offline MueMi

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Re: Anyone used a track saw to cut rubber horse mats?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2018, 03:36 PM »
Put on a ruler and fix it
Make a line with engine oil
Cut the mats by using a cutter knife

This will work very fast and simple.

Best regards

MueMi
« Last Edit: May 26, 2018, 03:39 PM by MueMi »