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PacTool International SS424 Backerboard Shear

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  • Cuts 1/2" Hardiebacker underlayment
  • For straight or curved cuts
  • Smooth, fast and dust-free operation
  • Based on a 1/2" 6.5-amp motor.
  • Reversible blades machined from solid tool steel
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Product Description

Cuts HardiBacker backerboard up to 1/2" thick. Not for siding. For straight and curved cuts. Smooth, fast, and dust-free operation. Based on a 1/2" 6.5-amp motor. Reversible blades machined from solid tool steel.

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Looking for the quickest, cleanest way to install tile? The Razorbacker from PacTools International slices through HardiBacker super fast, easy and straight -- and it cuts great curves too. There's no dirty cement dust or grit to scratch enamel or ceramics and make your clean-up a headache.

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Technical Details
Part Number SS424
Item Weight6 pounds
Product Dimensions16 x 10.9 x 3.5 inches
OriginUSA
Item model numberSS424
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000807GPO
Best Sellers Rank #39,229 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 1, 2004
  
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. A. on August 6, 2006
I do a lot of bathroom and kitchen remodels, and many times, that calls for tile work. Several years ago, I needed something better than a saw to cut 1/2" Hardibacker board, because of all the cement dust they kick up. I bought one of these directly from Pacific Tool when the local lumber/hardware supplier only carried the S404 Snapper Shear. Loved it from the first time I used it, and it went through a lot of remodels before the motor burned out a couple of months ago. I called Pacific Tool directly, and they confirmed my suspicions about the motor,and they were able to 2nd day a new one to me.This tool cuts backer board like a hot knife through butter, going through five feet of 1/2" Hardiboard in less than a 30 seconds.It does accurate inside corners, and with a little practice and finesse, you can do trim cuts quickly, and neatly,such as when the cut board is just a bit on the tight side.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Newman on January 15, 2011
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I'm a bathroom remodeling contractor and install only Hardibacker. I used to use a rotozip and right angle grinder with a diamond blade to do more intricate cuts in hardibacker. The score and snap method only works when you're cutting off a big enough piece.

I finally decided to lay out the dough and buy this for a large bathroom remodel and I can't believe I waited so long to buy it. This thing cuts hardibacker so easy. What's really nice about it is that if you're trimming off a small section, after you cut the hardi, you still have a usable piece left. You don't destroy hardi by the score and snap method on small pieces. In addition to cutting my installation time in half, it also saves me money by leaving me perfect leftovers. And all this without a load of dust.

One reviewer mentioned that the cord may get caught in the kerf. It happened to me a few times but if you're careful, it's not a problem. The only thing is that if you're doing a long cut, the curled up hardi debris kinda blocks the view of your cutting line. So you have to stop cutting and push the curled up debris out of the way. But that's not the fault of this cutter really.

I'd give this more stars if I could!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Yablon on August 31, 2009
If you've ever cut HardiBacker with any other method, you will appreciate the speed and accuracy that this tool provides--not to mention the virtually dust-free operation. This shear allows you to make cuts as fast as a circular saw in 1/4" and 1/2" backer board but without the mess. You can also use it to trim even 1/8" of material off a piece that is too large, making it ideal for custom fitting irregular shapes.

The only criticism I can levy is that I wish the cutting head was 90 degrees to the board--as it is on their cordless model. As it is, the power cord has a tendency to get caught in the kerf of the cut. The flatter you hold the tool to the blades, the cleaner the cut; unfortunately, doing this tends to press the power cord against the board and drag the cord into the kerf. Small nit, but fixing this would make an otherwise excellent tool perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Pell on March 30, 2011
I have been installing ceramic tile for 10 years. The worst part of the job is cutting the backerboard. The special saw blades work great but produce so much dust that you have to use them outside. I live in NW Pennsylvania. Cutting outside isn't an option in the winter. Using a knife to score the board, then snapping it off never seems to work well. I finally broke down and bought this backerboard shear. I'm kicking myself for spending the last 10 years inhaling backerboard dust. (which by the way contains silica and is rather harmful to your lungs.)

This shear cut 1/2" hardibacker like scissors cut paper. It was easy to cut straight lines and subtle curves. Tight curves took some creativity. (like the hole for a toilet) I cut the backerboard for my most current job in the kitchen of the house I was working on. A few minutes with a broom at the end of the day was all the cleanup I had.

I can't speak to its durability because I have only owned it for two months. The shear, however, seems to be well made and is quite hefty. Before I bought it I called the customer service number at PacTool. I spoke with a very nice lady about the warranty. She informed me that once they receive the item they have a two day turn around on all repairs. That in itself was enough to convince me to give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Muad'Dib on October 1, 2007
I'm a tile setter and I should have bought this tool a long time ago. No dust, quiet, and fast. You can trim small edges too. MUCH better than using your circular saw to cut Hardibacker!
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By L. Richard on October 23, 2009
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I'm a 125 lb. female real estate investor who likes to do all the work myself. The scoring method for cutting cement board is difficult - for anyone. I was looking for a better way. I read all the reviews before purchasing the SS424. Frankly a little skeptical I bought it anyway. What an AWESOME tool. The tool paid for itself on the first job in time saved. The tool designer made the cutting mechanisms on the front reversible two ways for four times the cutting life. I work alone so I just clamp the cement board to sawhorses and let the tool do the work. To quote another reviewer - it cuts through cement board like a "hot knife through butter." It's true. It cuts away about 3/16" of material that turns into small pebble-like pieces that can then be swept up after the cutting is done. No harmful dust is created during cutting. A must have for tile setters!
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