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If you’re installing fiber cement backerboard indoors, you may have chosen it as a building material for its many benefits, including its exceptionally durable, long-lasting, low-maintenance, flame-resistant and non-porous surface—perfect for moisture-prone environments like bathrooms and kitchens and mixed-material areas. Not to mention that it is a sustainable material and conforms to building codes in the near future. It’s no wonder that fiber cement backerboard is becoming the go to choice for many builders.

However, you can quickly realize that fiber cement backerboard comes with a few drawbacks, like excessive dust and a heavier weight that can impede installation. Additionally, because of these challenges, accurate cuts can be a problematic.  This can be difficult when handling projects indoors, where a few cuts can mean time lost cleaning up debris and mitigating public health hazards when you should be moving on to other phases of the project.

Luckily, the solution to safely cutting fiber cement backerboard indoors is using the right tool for the job. The PacTool Snapper Shear SS424 Fiber Cement Backerboard Shear can ensure a number of benefits so your next fiber cement backerboard project is finished smoothly.

Benefits of the Backerboard Snapper Shear










Essentially, the PacTool Snapper Shear SS424 Fiber Cement Backerboard Shear is designed specifically to cut fiber cement backerboard underlayment while eliminating the problems that are unique to the material. Compared to other methods of cutting backerboards (such as scoring the material and breaking it, or using a jigsaw), the Snapper Shear shears comes with a number of key benefits that other tools find problematic. These benefits include:

Clean and straight cuts: Because fiber cement is a difficult material to work with due to its inherent properties, using the right tool is key to ensure that cuts are made as accurately as possible. The Snapper Shear cuts up to 1/2” thick fiber cement underlayment. For instance, using a standard jigsaw can create a dusty environment that may obscure markings on the backerboard and lower working visibility. The Snapper Shear removes these problems.

Dust-free operation: One of the primary problems of cutting backboard sheer is the amount of airborne dust and debris that is created while forming it into installable shapes, which can cause health and quality-of-life problems, not to mention the time wasted in cleanup. With the Snapper Shear’s unique design, you can easily cut backerboard for outdoor and indoor projects without dusting up afterwards or in areas where proper ventilation isn’t available (i.e. basements).

Efficient design: Because the Snapper Shear doesn’t use a score-and-snap design, which can cause erratic cuts and imperfect pieces, projects can be accomplished in less time and with less re-do’s. The tool comes with reversible blades machined from solid tool steel that needs less replacements, with a durability that last for over 20,000 running feet. This means less broken corners and less wasted material, for a lower overall jobsite cost.

Powerful motor: The Backerboard Snapper Shear comes with a contractor-grade 6.5-amp motor, which can handle backerboard with ease. Using less-powered tools can lead to inaccurate cuts, more elbow grease and fatigue.

As you can see, the PacTool Snapper Shear SS424 Fiber Cement Backerboard Shear is the perfect compliment to your next indoor fiber cement backerboard project, thanks to its superior design specifically tailored to this unique material. By using the tool property, you can ultimately save time, money, and effort, producing professional-quality work—something that all builders can agree on.

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