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The legend continues with three performance driven tools from Skilsaw. Three tools designed and engineered for three specific cutting tasks — metal, fiber cement and concrete. Now bogging down on the job is a thing of the past.

Outlaw Worm Drive for Metal

From the company that invented the worm drive comes the 8" Outlaw. This is not another saw with a metal cutting blade, but a metal cutting Skilsaw with enough power and precision to cut whatever you throw its way.

Skilsaw OUtlaw Worm Drive for metal

Whether you are cutting steel studs, tubing, angle, channel or rebar, this left blade saw has custom worm drive gearing optimized for cutting metal with power and precision. Features include a blade window for cutting visibility, handles and trigger with room for gloves and a large capacity chip tray so you can stay productive.

Outlaw Worm Drive cutting steel tubing

The 42-tooth Diablo Cermet-tipped blade cuts quickly and virtually spark-free with minimal burrs while delivering 3‘xs the life of a standard carbide blade. With a 2-3/4" depth of cut at 90°, the Outlaw is the perfect tool for you if you’re cutting metal — talk to our tool experts and see for yourself.

Sidewinder for Fiber Cement

If you’ve worked with fiber cement, you know how cutting it can be tough on both you and your saw, let alone the harmful dust. Now you can power through stacks of fiber cement siding with ease while keeping silica dust to a minimum.

Skilsaw Sidewinder circular saw for Fiber Cement

The Sidewinder circular saw for fiber cement is OSHA Compliant and features a blade guard extension and dust channel that funnels dust into the included vacuum hose to be collected by your jobsite shop vac. The saw's no-mar cord and vacuum hose sleeve keeps these items together and protected from the cutting surface while making saw handling easier.

Sidewinder cutting fiber cement siding

You can cut fiber cement backer board, siding and trim all day with less fatigue thanks to the lightweight magnesium housing. And nothing tops Skilsaw’s Dual-Field motor for performance and durability, with sealed motor bearings for longevity and a dust resistant switch for years of trouble free use.

The Skilsaw Sidewinder Circular Saw for Fiber Cement comes complete with 4-tooth Diablo HardieBlade for fiber cement, 8' vacuum hose with nylon sleeve, vacuum hose adapters (1-1/2", 2-1/2") and multi-function wrench.

Medusaw

The name says it all, now your job just got easier and healthier. The Medusaw is the first fully integrated saw designed specifically for scoring and cutting concrete accurately and virtually dust free.

Skilsaw Medusaw for Con	crete

Check it out. Slilsaw’s legendary worm drive powertrain on wheels. The Medusaw will power through the toughest concrete jobs like butter with unmatched precision. And this roadster is not going to get a parking ticket.

Skilsaw Medusaw dry sawing concrete floor

Forget about modifying an old saw for cutting concrete floors, the Medusaw comes complete with an adjustable plunge lock and a pivoting pointer for unmatched precision and convenience on the slab. Used wet or dry, the dual integrated dust management system is OSHA Compliant and takes dust out of your way for cleaner cuts, longer tool life and a healthier workplace.

Skilsaw Medusaw wet sawing concrete floor

GFCI protection reduces the risk of shock and the integrated rolling plate with rubber wheels allow for smooth, secure movement. Skilsaw Medusaw Worm Drive for Concrete comes complete with vacuum hose adapter with clamp, water feed assembly and multi-function wrench.

Skilsaw Medusaw for concrete

Next time you are in the store, check out our updated Skilsaw display and see these three saws up close and personal, then talk to our tool experts to get the details.

Dust mask, September 23, 2017

OSHA Silica Dust Regulation

Compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Silica Dust Standard is Now in Effect.

Crystalline silica is a mineral commonly found in concrete, mortar and stone. Last year OSHA issued two standards to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The regulation sets limits on maximum exposure to respirable crystalline silica — like the dust generated when sawing backerboard or concrete.

September 23, 2017
OSHA began enforcement of the regulation

One way to comply is through your tools. You may rely on objective data from the manufacturer showing the exposure level is below the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of < 50 averaged over an 8-hour work day when performing the task, under test conditions. SKILSAW conducted external testing on their saws that are engineered for use on materials containing crystalline silica.

Tools with dust control are OSHA Compliant — Sidewinder for Fiber Cement and Medusaw Worm Drive for Concrete.

Flashing tape rolls

Flashing Tape

There is a real art to sealing a building’s envelope and protecting the windows and doors you’re installing from the weather. Mainly you gotta stop those leaks — wind-driven, penetrating rains and energy loss through air intrusion.

With a variety of flashing tapes on the market and since you only flash once, we carry the best.

Asphalt Tape

These are the most widely used but also the messiest. Made from modified bitumen which is similar to rubberized asphalt. Durability is questionable. In some applications pre-priming may be required for contact with OSB (oriented strand board) and concrete. You have to be careful about exterior temperature — below 50° the asphalts are less sticky, above 185° they can actually melt and drip.

Grace Vycor 40 mil 9", 12", 18" 50' roll
Grace Vycor Deck Protector 25 mil 4" 75' roll
Grace Vycor Plus 25 mil 6", 9", 12" 75' roll
Grace Vycor Plus Aluminum Faced 25 mil 4", 6" 75' roll
Fortifiber Fortiflash 25 mil 6", 9", 12" 75' roll
Ratan Asphalt Laminated Kraft 25 mil 6", 9" 300' roll

Butyl Tape

Butyl rubber is a synthetic rubber or elastomer. It has an expanded temperature range with greater durability than the asphalt and costs about 15% more. This flashing is recommended for windows with vinyl fins. Asphalt tapes will react with vinyl and cause gradual disintegration and many window manufacturers now specify butyl as a requirement to uphold the warranty.

Dupont Tyvek Flashing Tape 30 mil 4", 6", 9" 75' roll
Dupont Tyvek Flexwrap 64 mil 6", 9" 75' roll
Fortifiber Butyl 25 mil 4", 6", 9", 12" 75' roll
Polyken Shadowlastic 35 mil 6" 50' roll

Non Asphalt / Butyl Tapes

We also stock a couple of non asphalt / non butyl tapes.

Fortifiber Moistop PF
Non-adhesive
10 mil 6", 9", 12" 300' roll
Fortifiber Moistop EZ
Hot Melt Adhesive
25 mil 6", 9", 12" 75' roll
House flashing graphic

We have a wide range of products designed and engineered to keep water out and air in. From house wraps to window and door flashing. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers — talk to our experts to learn more.

First sawmill in Oakland

First Sawmill in Oakland

Palo Seco Creek near Diamond Canyon 1880s

In late 1849 an unknown Frenchman began the construction of a stream-run sawmill located along the Palo Seco Creek, a short distance above Diamond Canyon in East Oakland. Before it’s completion, the mill passed into the hands of Harry Meiggs, who later sold to Volney D. Mooney.

By the fall of 1852, Daniel A. Plummer was operating the mill and continued operations for the next two years until the woods in that area were cut. This picture was made long after the monumental San Antonio redwoods had been clear-cut to meet timber demands immediately following the Gold Rush.

Photo courtesy Adaline B. Hill, granddaughter of Volney D. Moody.

”Serving Bay Area Building Professionals Since 1935”

Economy Lumber Company

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Oakland, California 94601
510 261-6100

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Saturday   7:30 am - 4:30 pm
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