I've been a carpenter for more than 20 years, but I only recently installed fiber-cement siding for the first time. When JLC asked me to try out some of the portable tools for cutting fiber-cement siding and trim, it was an opportunity too good to pass up: a chance to check out the tools without risking a bad purchase.

Cutting fiber cement with a circular saw blade is like producing your own personal dust storm -- definitely not the most pleasant environment to work in. I'm not afraid of getting dirty, but fiber-cement particles are very small and especially irritating to sinuses, skin, and eyes. So it's natural that manufacturers would be keen on developing...

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