On nearly every house we frame,we install glulam or other engineered beams. Most of the designs include large open areas and vaulted ceilings, which require reaching over distances and lifting some monster beams to great heights. But what used to take us an entire afternoon to lift now takes minutes with good planning and the right equipment.
Most of the time, we use a Big Foot 10 1/4-inch saw to cut beams. Every framing crew needs at least one of these saws. We have a 14-inch Big Foot Big Boy, too, but we prefer to use it only for exposed beams, where we don't want saw marks on the cut end. We also keep a chain saw in the truck and use that to cut beams whose ends won't be exposed....
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