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Old 02-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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When to Change a Wet Saw Blade

I have been loaned an MK-101 wet saw while a contractor friend is off vacationing for 6 weeks. It is obvious that maintenance has not been one of the important line items on the task list. After cutting a few 12" tiles I found that the saw is out of true by 1/8" over 12". So I'll spend some time cleaning it up and truing it. I believe in returning tools in better condition than I borrowed them, so I don't mind. Besides, I want my job to look good even if he doesn't care about his.

How does one know if the blade needs to be dressed or replaced. MK's manual says that a wandering cut indicates the blade needs to be dressed. Fair enough. But what are the signs that the blade needs replacement?
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Does the blade cut off by 1/8"? = drift?

OR

Does the cart travel crooked by 1/8" when its slid back and forth? = a different problem.

If its A, then dressing the blade or a different blade will be in order. Some porcelains are so hard, they require excellent blades.

OR

Do yourself a favor, and buy your own Raimondi Razor Gold or Razor T-3.
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Thanks Paul. I checked the run out on the saw and it is out, but only by 1/32", if that. So new blade time. In theory UPS should be dropping a new Raimondi Razor T-3 on my doorstep on Friday. I guess I'll consider it rent on the saw.
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Hi Jim, you never said what you're cutting. Is it porcelain?

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that blade is so good you are going to want to buy your own saw to put it on!

if your buddy is using a beat up saw, with a beat up blade, he may not even appreciate the gift you just got him.

can you tell I like that blade?
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Tonto, I'm cutting some porcelain tiles from Fondovalle. I've also got a bunch of cutting to do on some Florida Tile porcelain as well. I'll be turning a bunch of 13" tiles into 3-1/2" tiles. So getting a good blade will certainly be worth it.

Cain, Actually, the saw isn't too beat up. The belt squeaks when you first turn it on, it really needs the dust cleaned out of it, and a minor truing. So I'll do it up for him. I don't have enough need to justify purchasing my own saw. And as much as I like tiling, I'm getting way to busy with my marine business to take on something else.
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That blade will serve you well. I know what it's like turning big tiles into lots of small tiles. Enough to drive you from all the cutting.
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Smile Wow!

I put the new T-3 blade on and what a difference! The fireplace surround tiles are 13-1/2" porcelain. I was able to shave off a perfectly intact strip less than 1/8" wide. In addition to cutting dead straight, it is also a lot faster and easier to cut than before. Call me a happy camper.
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Jim,

I'm glad you made the right choice. T3 Razors are the bomb.
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