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Old 03-15-2005, 06:35 PM   #1
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Tile Cutter Problem

Hi, I'm just joined the forum today. I have two problems: My husband borrowed a wet saw from his brother so we can cut ceramic tiles to install on our kitchen floor. However, when he cuts the tile, it is not cutting correctly. It seems like the cutter has a mind of it's own. The guide moves so we stopped using it. We tried to do it freehand, but then it isn't cutting it straight. It seems to shift to the right and the cuts are off. Are we doing something wrong, or is the machine or blade old?

Next, we have linoleum in our kitchen and underneath is plywood. Can we install ceramic tile over the linoleum?
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Old 03-15-2005, 06:41 PM   #2
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Not sure what's up with the saw, but the lino. has to come up as well as any 1/4" underlayment that might also be there.
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Old 03-15-2005, 06:49 PM   #3
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Me neither. We are making diagonal cuts and it starts out fine, then all of a sudden you can see the cutter is not staying on it's path. It starts to shift, making our cuts look off. Then we have to shave the parts that didn't cut correctly. What a nusiance!
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It could be that the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened/dressed, or the blade could also be shot.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:23 PM   #5
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Hi sdm..gotta first name??...other then s, that is....ok..I'll take a flyer here...if and that's a BIG IF..your tray is tracking correctly, (you check that with a square), it sounds like you may have an unevenly worn blade...they will do exactly what you describe when one side has good diamonds and the other side is worn..this happens when a person uses one side as a grinder to true up a cut..get yourself a soft concrete paver (patio brick) or any concrete block and make about 20 or so cuts in the block (or brick)...this will wear off the dull diamonds, and hopefully expose new ones..just cut the block the same as you are cutting the tile...I am assuming you still have a rim left..(that's the brassy colored outer ring)..try this and get back to us...the tray alignment will be dependant on the make of saw, so we'll need to know that if this fails..

jeeez..quickdraw JB beat me to the punch...
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Rich --

JB may have beaten you, but you gave the details on how to actually effect the fix.
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:16 PM   #7
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Hopefully that is the fix for them Jeff..if it's an old MK we could get big time technical real fast..
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Old 03-16-2005, 07:50 AM   #8
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You can always do it the hard way. mark your tile, draw your cut lines, and cut on these lines. You will be feeding the tile in like a sewing machine. But it aint fun, so get the saw serviced asap.
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:51 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your responses. I'm going to try and work on the blade and see if that fixes the problem.

To Arn's response, this is how we are doing our cuts -- the hard way. Drawing lines and cutting on those lines. This is how we are finding out the cuts are going off.

By the way, my name is Stephani.

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Do you have the blade set too deep, so that as you cut, quite a bit of the blade extends below the tile ?
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:16 AM   #11
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Is anybody going to ask what kind of saw this is??
Name brand, model number,type of saw.
Does it have a rolling cart (Felker,Target,MK etc)or do you slide your tile through freehand(Plasplugs? )
What size balde 4" 6" 7" 8" 10" ??
What are you using for a fence??

How much diamond lip appears to be on the blade(look at the side of the blade)?? 1/16" 1/8" 1/4" ???
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:25 AM   #12
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Tileguytodd, those are good questions. When I get home tonight, we will make sure we check it out.

To answer George's question, no the blade is not too deep.

As far as removing the linoleum before I lay my ceramic tiles, how do I remove it. It's glued to plywood that's underneath.
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:29 AM   #13
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Stephanie, cut it into strips 6-8" wide and use a razor stripper(available at HD or ace hardware
Start by peeling the wear layer off.The felt that is stuck can be soaked with hot water to aid in removal.
Wear gloves to avoid blisters.This is hard work and we get paid very well to perform removal.In some cases more than what the installation cost 15 years ago!!
You will quickly find out what i mean
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