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Old 09-13-2017, 07:16 PM   #1
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Raimondi Bulldog - Dual Head

I have been contemplating purchasing a Bulldog with the dual heads. Most of the bullnose will be made of of marble or travertine.

Before spending that much money I really want to cover all my bases.

I plan on purchasing the following blades for it.

BULLSTEP1-3/8" Radius 2 Raimondi 3/8" Step 1 Milling Wheel for Bulldog Machine, BDW38S1 550.00 1,100.00 BDW38S1

BULLSTEP2-3/8", Finish 2 Raimondi 3/8" Step 2 Rough Finishing Wheel for Bulldog Machine 450.00 900.00 BDW38S2

BULLSTEP3-3/8", Finish 2 Raimondi 3/8" Step 3 (Yellow - 400 Grit) Polishing Wheel, Honed Finish 182.00 364.00 BDW38S3NT

BULLSTEP4-3/8", Finish 2 Step 4 (Red) Satin Polishing Wheels for Raimondi Bulldog

BULLSTEP5-3/8", Finish 2 Step 5 (Red - 1800 Grit) Glossy Polishing Wheels for Raimondi Bulldog


Obviously, for the polished finish I will need to go through all 5 steps.

1) For the honed finish will I need to do just step 1 or steps 1 and 2?

2) For polished is there a possibilty to skip a step so I have an even number and only have to change the blades once instead of twice ?

3) Does the saw contain the water well? Does it make a big mess?

4) As far as blade use most of its life will be using profiling marble/travertine. What blade gets worn out the most? Is the first blade since it is doing most of the shaping?

5) Maintenance. Is it pretty easy to maintain and get clean? If something breaks after year warranty is up is there someone I can pay to come fix it?


Any help will be greatly appreciated. I have spoken to the rep but he is just wanting to sell me stuff. I really want a nonbiased opinion on the best way to get set up.

Thanks.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:39 PM   #2
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John, a link to that machine would help.

How many liner ft of bullnose do you need to make and how often would you use it? In the past, I've bought profile wheels and polishing tools that very seldom get used. On granite, it takes the diamond pads but with marble and travertine you can do it with sand paper. Much cheaper of course.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:06 PM   #3
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http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Rai...llnose-Machine

I wouldn't be making bullnose other than when I do natural stone jobs. It varies. This month I have two big marble jobs so I was thinking it was time to make a move. Probably 300LF in those two jobs.

A couple times a month but probably weekly. Hard to say linear footage because of how unpredictable my schedule is.

I just see opportunity and increased production that would easily offset the cost in a year if not sooner.

On the downside it is a big cost and my dewalt and profile wheel works.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:07 AM   #4
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That's a nice machine, John and 300 LF is a lot of BN to do with a grinder so I can see why you're asking about it. I guess I would try to figure out how long it takes to make 300 LF of BN with the system you have and try to figure how much time this machine would save you. I know, that's kinda hard to do if you've never used one.

If you do buy it, let us know how it works out.
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I never used one for big production but was very happy with the results on occasional use.
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Don't have one but have a local fabricator who does my bullnose on stone tile for me. Charges $10/lf. I charge the customer $15/lf. No brainer.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:35 PM   #7
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Here are the answers I received from the CD salesman.



1) For a honed finish you would need to use steps 1,2 and 3

2) Not possible to skip a step. Only if the material is lighter in color, then you could possibly skip step 5 depending on personal preference of the look.

3) The water containment system works quite well for a machine of this nature, the mess that it does make is minimal if at all.

4) Yes steps 1 and 2 do get worn out the most but after 1500 linear feet of cutting you are able to send the wheels back to the manufacturer and they will reshape the wheels for you. Because after a while they begin to square.

5) Maintenance for this machine is simple as possible not saying that it is a breeze but nothing with will cause headaches. Yes replacement parts are available for this machine, and someone handy in the mechanical field should be able to fix the machine should you so need.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:37 PM   #8
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It got here today. I went with the dual head bulldog. I will have time to use it this weekend. I got all discs needed to do polished marble. Not a whole bunch of information about setting it up or getting it adjusted right.


Let me know if anyone has any tips on getting it dialed in. Time to start making some money back!!!!!
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