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Old 03-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #46
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Mick,

since Jon doesnt see the need for a new system,
can you re-route his package to me?
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:09 AM   #47
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since Jon doesnt see the need for a new system,
can you re-route his package to me?
Nahhhhh, I WANNIT!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:49 AM   #48
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This sounds much better than a good MLT (mutton, lettuce, tomato) sandwich.
I'm curious how the strap releases from the plate? Is it just by applying more pressure to the gun, like TLS? If so, would that make the straps only last for a few uses before they release too easily when tightening straps? How many uses have you been getting out of the straps?
I sure like the big foot for leveling. Also, only having to replace the plate will hopefully make this more economical for almost every job.
Congratulations Mick.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #49
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To me the bases look the same for porcelain and thin tile, and the plank and stone plates look the same too. I'm sure there is a difference, care to explain?
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I'd like to hear more about the plates myself
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #51
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The "Thin Tile Plate" is smaller and made of a more plyable material than the "Porcelain Tile Plate"; not as rigid.
It is also thinner than the plate for Porcelain.

The "Stone Plate" is also more rigid than the plate for "Planks".
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:24 AM   #52
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For the sample batches that went out, the plates should be soaked in water prior to installing.

The factory is setting up a hydration system for future production to allow installation without having to pre-soak the plates.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #53
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For the sample batches that went out, the plates should be soaked in water prior to installing.

The factory is setting up a hydration system for future production to allow installation without having to pre-soak the plates.
No pre soak would be awesome. Just use them right out of the box.
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Life Span of the Straps

The stainless part of the strap has holes that go over protrusions on the base plate. If you over tension them they will shear through the plastic and you'll have to start over -- just as with the TLS.

The straps will last indefinitely, probably as long as the caps or longer, and the caps will last until you drop your tile saw on them and crush them.

As to JB, CX and Dave M keeping secrets, we are lucky to be at the center of things in the industry. Our tight lips keep us there. There are more surprises in your future, but that little birdie ain't talkin' at all.

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:00 AM   #55
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only having to replace the plate will hopefully make this more economical for almost every job.
I made an estimate that I will be saving a good amount per 500 uses.
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I read through the thread quick, can I assume theses will be at Coverings for the world, and us to see? Any possibility to connect picking up our JB Forum shirts and a sample bag of these at the same time at the show?
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I do expect our presence to be known at Coverings though i've heard no mention of sample bags, Phil.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:32 PM   #58
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Don't let him make any promises Phil. Im still waiting for my shirt from the last Co.

Looks like a good system, cant wait to give it a try
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #59
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OK Brian, sounds like you know more than we do. What's the scoops?

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estimated a good savings on 500
How much savings? And to figger savings you must know approx $$. So give it up. How much for straps, caps and footies?

With such a large surface area on the caps, will they clean up easily? Get a little 254 on them and their cleanable or toast? In my bag of current TLS caps you'll find maybe 5-10% have some t/s on the bottom of the caps, so a concern is t/s on those big flat surfaces. Tile scratcher if not pristine?

What about the squeeze-out I get under my caps/or at least right at the strap breakpoint between tiles. (Yeah, I know it's a personal problem, but we all get it once in a while) If you get a wad of modified on that pretty little SS connector will it be useable again without jewelers tools for cleanup?

I love my current TLS but this MLT looks mil-spec tough. Definitely worth considering. Once the evaluation kit arrives I'll issue my report.
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OK Brian, sounds like you know more than we do. What's the scoops?
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