Best Laminate Cutters Reviewed and Tested

Since its creation in the 70’s, the laminate material has seen a constant popularity growth, mainly due to its low upkeep, decent aesthetic, and ease of use. More and more homes are using this material, specifically for flooring to simulate wood or stone surfaces. This high level of popularity means that those looking to do work on their home, or are contracted to work on others homes will likely run into this material more often than not.

A laminate cutter allows you to work and shape laminate materials to fit your needs better. So for both homeowners and contractors, this can quickly become an invaluable device– as the alternatives are often messy, dangerous or labor intensive.

Our Top 3 Picks

Exchange-a-Blade
  • Exchange-a-Blade
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Good Quality
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SKIL 3601-02
  • SKIL 3601-02
  • 4.6 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Very Portable
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Roberts 10-64
  • Roberts 10-64
  • 4.3 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Good Cutter
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This growing demand for laminate cutters for both the homeowner and contractor marker has led to both an increase in good and bad tools. We set out to make a list that represents the most practical tools, as well as those that strike the best balance between cost and use. This required us to dig through a substantial amount of devices to find those most worth your time. Some devices could make clean and easy cuts to many types of materials – others were about as useful as safety scissors. This list should help you start from the basis of what the good options are. To help you we have also included an FAQ as well as a criterion from which we based our evaluations.

We tried our best to keep this list covering a diverse range of function options as well as price. We want to provide the best opportunities for both professionals and the DIY crowd. To that end, we tried only to take one representative from an individual family of tools -especially when that family were very similar or were differentiated by only a size or superfluous feature change. So if you find a tool on this list that seems just about right for you, take a few extra minutes to make sure there is not another similar option you may find slightly better.

One last note before we get into the list is the ranking of the tools. While what will be the “best” tool for you will, of course, be based on your unique needs and preferences, we had to make a more general evaluation. Our list is ranked on a subjective price to value ratio. Use it more as a guide than a rule and keep your needs in mind when browsing through.

10 Best Laminate Cutters

 

1. Exchange-a-Blade 2100005

1. Exchange-a-Blade 2100005
This relatively compact cutter is surprisingly effective for even the tougher duty tasks. Portable, easy to handle and clean, this is great concerning practicality for many on-site needs. It comes in at a very fair price, and although it is not to be as durable as some other brands, it comes in well above the listed price value.
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Key Features:

Size: 9 inches
Weight: 12 pounds (Shipping Weight)
Cuts wood flooring under 15 mm, laminate flooring, vinyl tile, fiber cement siding.
Precision cuts with no splintering or chipping.
Dust free operation, no electricity required.
Replaceable blade.
High carbon steel blade.

Price/Value:

As we said before, value is where this tool shines. Relatively cheaper than comparable tools and designed well,this is a great low budget option for many reasons.

Who Should Buy This?

Small vehicle contractors and even DIY and homeowners planning on doing some laminate installation or remodeling. It's a great time saver all around and takes up little space.
Pros

Build quality is good given the price

Very low dust

As good as a 9” cutter can be

Cons

Assembly directions are poor

2. SKIL 3601-02

2. SKIL 3601-02
This saw is very portable and is specially built for making in room cuts on solid hardwood, engineered and laminate flooring. If you have a smaller vehicle and need something you can haul yourself to the worksite, this is one of your best options. Easy to use, low cleanup and a snap to store.
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Key Features:

Blade Diameter: 4.375”
Weight: 24 lbs.
Cuts solid laminate flooring with ease.
Cross, miter and rip cuts.
Lightweight design for use at any project location.
Miter detents at 0, 22.5 and 45 degrees.
Die-cast aluminum miter and rip fence.

Price/Value:

Very fair price for an excellent durable piece of machinery that can save you tons of time on a work site. One of the better options when considering bigger improvements in capabilities per dollar spent.

Who Should Buy This?:

Perfect for contracting teams, and DIYers who need that extra power but still require something portable. Fantastic all around bang for your buck for most buyers.
Pros

Good power

Portable solution to trim work

Cons

Dust bag is mediocre

3. Roberts 10-64

3. Roberts 10-64
A fantastic cutter made to be used right in the room you are working in. A Great time saver and skill booster, this Roberts is priced fairly and delivers. It lacks a bit in the durability area, but with proper maintenance and care, this could be a device you utilize for some time to come.
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Key Features:

Size: 13 inches
Weight: 12 pounds (Shipping Weight)
Cuts vinyl flooring and siding, VCT tiles, engineered wood, laminate, and rubber or foam tiles.
Guillotine-style cutter: 13-Inch wide and 5/8-Inch thick.
Aluminum base with thick surface to boost stability.
Handle provides extra leverage.
Replaceable blade can be resharpened.

Price/Value:

A good tool for a fair price. It isn't as much of a bargain as some other on the list, but it is still much lower cost than many of the alternatives.

Who Should Buy This?:

Ideal for contracting team looking to do in the room cutting with a pretty portable device. It is cheap enough that the DIY crowd may also enjoy this if the demand is high enough.
Pros

No noise, no dust v.s. a chop saw

Very handy

Good cutting power

Cons

Occasional durability issues

Could use a tougher deck

4. Bullet Tools

4. Bullet Tools
Easy to use, effective, portable and priced fairly. This Bullet Tools product is exactly what we try and recommend for the majority of users. It lands just inside the overlap between what can handle a professional job, and what is still practical for most serious DIY or homeowners.
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Key Features:

Size: 9 inches
Weight: 15.8 pounds (Shipping Weight)
Low dust output.
“One blade can outlast over 20 generic saw blades.”
Quiet Operation / No Electricity.
Cut at maximum thickness for all materials at 5/8″.
Attached underlayment allows laminate flooring up to 13mm.

Price/Value:

This tool is reasonably priced and extremely effective. It is a lower budget option for a good chunk of worksites out there. Excellent tool, Great price.

Who Should Buy This?:

A homeowner with a large job ahead of him and a decent budget, or any team looking for a low-cost option to significantly increase work efficiency.
Pros

Fast and clean

Accurate

Portable

Cons

Blade requires a bit of a watchful eye and vigilance for bending and dullness

5. Laminate Cutter PL-215

5. Laminate Cutter PL-215
This is another low-cost manual alternative. Great as a backup in case electricity is not available, or you don’t plan on doing enough laminate cutting to lug around a larger cutter. It is built to be sturdy and will probably last as long as tools that cost twice as much.
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Key Features:

Weight:11.8 pounds (Shipping Weight)
Up to 10mm thick
Straight cut, free angle cut, notch cut and lengthwise cut.
Base comes with 4 strong steel tube.

Price/Value:

This is another low-cost alternative. Great deal and excellent tool. It is built well, so expect this tool to be an investment sometime into the future.

Who Should Buy This?:

This is a decent backup, though is probably better suited to the DIY crowd to tackle and or simplify the occasional laminate task.
Pros

Low cost

Reliable

Easy to use

Cons

Needs some arm power

Not a large cutting blade

6. Bullet Tools 13-inch

6. Bullet Tools 13-inch
This is a high functioning cutter that is made to remove airborne dust concerns and to run without the need of an electrical source. It is a solid, in the field, floor cutter. cut laminate flooring, luxury vinyl tile/plank, engineered wood and more.
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Key Features:

Size: 13-inch
Weight: 34 pounds (Shipping Weight)
Quiet Operation / No Electricity.
Dust free.

Price/Value:

This is a premium priced tool. If are looking for a reliable and high functioning tool, and you are willing to pay for it, this is the way to go.

Who Should Buy This?

The price makes this exclusionary to professionals. If you need a floor cutter that lets you work in the room and can withstand the rigors and demands of an active work site, you may have to upgrade to this Bullet Tools cutter.
Pros

Very reliable

Quality made

Cons

High-end price

7. Wolfcraft 4300000

7. Wolfcraft 4300000
If you're on the hunt for a tool you can stick in your pocket and then pull out to use quickly when putting edging trim on kitchen units, for example, this handy little guy will save you countless minutes and help you make accurate shapes and cuts the first time.
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Key Features:

Size: N/A
Weight: 18 g(Shipping Weight)
For the trimming of overlapping veneers.
Also for the clean cutting of shaped edges.

Price/Value:

This little guy can save you both time and money with easier and cleaner cuts the first time.About twentieth the cost of less functional tools.

Who Should Buy This?:

Anyone working with laminate should have this guy handy, No reason not to. Its usefulness greatly outweighs the cost for all users.
Pros

Very low cost

Handy

Very good for quick clean cuts

Cons

Limited in tight corners

8. Vitre

8. Vitre
This low-cost Vitrex cutter is made to be easy to handle, easy to move, and simple to operate. It is a great backup cutter or a nice investment for an upcoming one-off project. Make nice accurate cuts with little investment. It is relatively sturdy for what you pay as well.
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Key Features:

Weight: 15.4 pounds (Shipping Weight)
The blade cuts through accurately.
The support in the shape of a "V" makes sure the panel stays in place.
Safe cutting guaranteed.

Price/Value:

This is a fantastic budget alternative when you need a cutter but you want to keep your costs low. It won't be your first choice for large jobs or use day after day, but it can help you power through that next project.

Who Should Buy This?

This is a very solid DIY buy. It can perhaps function as a portable backup for a contracting team.
Pros

Simple

Low cost

Cons

Requires some manual effort

9. Spear & Jackson B98

9. Spear & Jackson B98
This Spear & Jackson is a classic saw calibrated for use on laminate flooring, Formica, and beading. Comfortable handle and quality stiff blade make it a pleasure to use, as far as saws go. This is an incredibly cheap and smart alternative to laminate floor cutting and can be utilized as a solid backup in case of malfunctions.
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Key Features:

Weight: 1 pounds
Hardpoint saw delivering a fine cut.
Fast cut - rapid, clean cutting action.
Rigid blade reduces 'whip' and vibration.
Good on laminate flooring, Formica, and beading.
Nice comfy handle.
Soft-feel ergonomic grip.
Finger guide for accuracy.

Price/Value:

This saw costs about as much as a few cups of coffee and can likely last you a few years if properly cared for. A great investment for everyone, to ensure they have easy laminate cutting capabilities no matter what happens.

Who Should Buy This?:

Pros and DIYers who work with laminate and need a reliable backup. If you are doing a one-time thing, this is a great cheap option.
Pros

Cheap

Reliable

Great as a backup

Cons

Can blunt rather quickly

10. Rawlplug 89 040

10. Rawlplug 89 040
This Rawplug is an incredibly handle tool to have ready if you are working with laminate sheets. Saw blades can splinter the edges of sheets, and that’s where this guy comes in. With a few flicks of the wrist, this inexpensive little guy just saved you a whole lotta frustration.
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Key Features:

Weight: .5 lb
Cuts wearite, formica, etc.
Gives a clean edge and is simple to use.
Durability of the tool extended thanks to the tip made of tungsten carbide.

Price/Value:

This tool is just about the cost of a large coffee, and it can save you triple that in wasted material on the first day. Very durable, very useful, very cheap.

Who Should Buy This?:

Anyone planning on working with laminate sheets could use this as a “just in case” item at worst. Pro’s should have one on hand in case the need arrives.
Pros

Easy to use

Great for sheet cutting

Cons

Shipping may cost more than the tool

Criteria for Evaluation

We had to dig though a considerable amount of laminate cutters to find our favorite ten options, and then it required a bit of thought in order to rank them logically. To sort through the extensive series of choices and then rank the tools we had to develop a set of criteria that allowed us to approach this project with a logical basis. Some of the criteria are easy to understand, such as price, other factors were more opinion based – like comfort. To help you understand our standards and how they were used, we have provided you the list as well as a quick explanation of each one.

To reiterate, technically superior tools may have ranked lower than inferior devices if the prices were deemed to provide them with an off balance value. A decent low-cost tool would typically do better than a much higher costing and only slightly better device. It all depends on you though in the end. If a tool was deemed to have a great value to our lost, but can’t accomplish your needs – then its value to you will, of course, be zero.

Price

Since this list deals with laminate cutter ranging from around $600 to tools less than $10 – price was matched up with capabilities to give the items a comparable score. If a tool is one-fifth the price, but can do 40% of all the same tasks, it’s obvious that is has more inherent value. THings obviously aren’t that exact or obvious, but that is the logic behind it.

Cutting ability

Whether you are talking about the density of the material the cutter can get through, or the straightness or cleanliness of the cut, the cutting ability is obviously key to a cutting tool. We looked at the items the cutter was meant to cut, how well it can cut those, and the amount of effort required to make an accurate and clean cut.

Portability

Most of the tools we looked at today were pretty portable.Most could be transported and carried around by a single person. That is a quality that is actually most sought after in lower cost laminate cutters. Items that were portable yet still durable and efficient gained significant points.

Durability

In particular with portable units, a tool that has a weak blade or a weak base can succumb to the pressures of a hard day’s work much too quickly. We looked for tools than can carry their own weight, and last.

Comfort

Though this is less relevant for this tool than many others, comfort can still be a relevant factor if you are making dozens of cuts. This rating was not as important for this set of tools, however.

FAQs

Laminate cutters are necessary only for making exact cuts laminate, and can often be replaced with other cutting tools on short notice. For this reason, there are many questions regarding laminate cutters that will come from even relatively experienced contractors. We have compiled some of the most common questions and concerns in this section.

2 Basic Steps for Cutting Laminate to length

Use a tape measurer and a pencil or chalk to measure and mark the lines. Use the square toe nsure the lines are straight.

Use your cutter to cut at the waste-side of the line | use a damp cloth to remove any remaining markup lines.

Top Tips on How to Cut Laminate Flooring

If you are dealing with making only straight cuts, then you can plan on a circular saw or a hand saw for the laminates. Make sure to measure out your cuts and mark them up. A tape measurer and some chalk/ruler does nicely. A jigsaw can be used for the curved shapes.

While many saw blades are capable of cutting through laminate materials, a specialty blade is a much better choice. Carbide tipped saws work well.

If your tool does not greatly reduce dust in the air, plan to make your cuts outside or in a well-ventilated room. Laminate dust can be very harmful to the lungs over time. Goggles and a mask can go a long way towards protecting you.

The trim will eventually hide most laminate edges in the room. TIny mistakes in the cutting can be hidden that way.

Bring your laminate inside the day or two before. Laminate expands and contracts along with whether or not it is hot or cold. You wanna make sure the material is adjusted to the room temperature to avoid throwing measurements off.

To cut down on chipping, the leading edge of the saw blade should always make contact with the face of the board. So for a circular saw – you will have to turn the board over to allow you to cut from the back.

Buy more material than you plan on needing. Waste and mistakes are common. Extra can also be used for future repairs.

Lining a cutting mark with blue tape will allow you to make the cut without worrying about chipping the laminate.

To cut around a pipe:

  • Measure length and width to the center of the pipe
  • Make a mark on the laminate where the center would be
  • Use a hole saw to create an opening for the pipe, a bit larger than the pipe
  • Cut the laminate in two along the width through the center of the hole
  • Fit around the pipe, and glue laminate together

What are the Advantages of Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is actually quite advantageous when compared to many of the classic flooring options. Floors are where the messes go, and a good laminate flooring can look just as esthetic pleasing as a carpet, hardwood or marble floor, but will be much more resistant to stains and won’t be at risk of fading from sunlight. Laminate flooring when built correctly can withstand over a thousand pounds of pressure per square inch.

Laminate flooring can simulate the look of most popular floor types and is often the smarter decision from a longevity standpoint. Maintenance of a laminate floor is also much easier.You don’t have to worry about stains and you often only need to sweep and swiffer the surface to maintain cleanliness. Laminate flooring can also be installed over most any pre-existing flooring.

The lifespan of laminate flooring depends on the material used. A high-quality laminate floor can last for years, while a low-quality one can show sign of deterioration much faster. Installing a high-quality laminate floor in the high traffic areas of your home is a very cost efficient and durable solution.

While many are hesitant install laminate floors worry about lowering the perceived value of a home. One thing many have to do is to consider the longevity of both appearance and functionality of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring will last much longer and will look fresher longer as well. While perceived value of a new laminate floor versus a new hardwood floor may favor the hardwood – comparing the two floors some years later may easily give the laminate floor the advantage.

What Laminate Cutters are right for me?

Not all saws specialize in laminate cutting, but many have the ability to make cuts into laminate. Some saws are better than others for this, and still others are best used for specific tasks. Here is a very brief overview.

Handsaw

We had a hand saw in our list actually. Handsaws are generally pretty useful in making straight cuts or shortening the boards. Since you will be manually sawing, it is not the ideal choice for when you are planning on dealing with large volume of cuts.

Jigsaw

A finely toothed jigsaw will be your best for making cleanly curved cus in your laminate. It takes some practice but is not difficult after a few attempts. A specialty blade will ensure you can make the cuts as smoothly as possible.

Table Saw / Floor Saw

These can power through straight cuts, angles and corners. Also the best choice if you have a large volume of cuts to make, it will save you an immense amount of time.

CIrcular Saw

A circular saw is good for making straight cuts if you have a good platform for cutting ready. It is also the best tool for when you are removing and replacing small sections of laminate flooring.

Laminate Shears

Laminate shears didn’t make it on this list, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of reliable options out there. Many Use the shears as an alternative to making dust.

Making Your Decision

This laminate cutter compilation, as well as the FAQ and criteria, should hopefully have provided you with all the info you will need to make a good purchase. Making a large purchase can often be an annoying and stressful process, especially when you’re bombarded with options and sales text. The goal here was to cut through most of that noise and help you zero in on exactly the tools you will need. You may disagree with many of the points or decisions we made here, and that is fine, as long as inside of that disagreement you were able to formulate and refine your own opinion and come to a better understanding of what you personally want. Either Way, this list is helping you ultimately make a purchase you will be satisfied with.

So whether you are looking for a tool to help you more easily replace your kitchen floor, or something to get you through hours of contracting jobs, there is something here to help make your tasks easier. Good luck – and remember – build smart, build safe, and build big.