Straight Flush Saw in Action
Take a peek at this scary-looking yet innovative flush-cutting circular saw.
In this Tool Tech video, Patrick shows off the Cuz-D Straight Flush circular saw, an 8-1/2-in. model with a host of innovative features, including a 65° bevel capacity (with a rotating handle to make these cuts easier) and a two-piece guard and offset blade that allows for flush-cutting, so if you need to remove a subfloor, you can go right up to the stud walls. When you fold up the front part of the base, it allows you to plunge cut, so you can cut window and door openings from inside the building and get all the way into the corners. The saw also has guard retraction that can be controlled with your thumb—it’s a little hard to press, but it does work. Remodeler Andrew Grace, who tested this for Fine Homebuilding, had a series of flush beams to install, so he had to cut back the joist and put beams in a slot he had cut. This saw allowed him to cut almost all the way up to the subfloor without having to change tools. Aside from the price—which is money well spent if you are a framer or remodeler—the only downside is that it is heavy; the saw weighs more than 14 lb. Watch the video to see Patrick test the saw’s cutting capability.
Cuz-D Straight Flush Saw
Product number: SFS85
Associate editor Patrick McCombe has been testing power tools on behalf of national publications for more than 15 years, and he regularly meets with product manufacturers to try out new introductions. In the Tool Tech series, Patrick reviews the latest tools and materials, discusses building technology, and shows time-tested techniques for better, more-efficient home building.