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Unread 12-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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14" rail saw Vs 14"radial arm saw

Hello all.I am presently looking into a 14" saw to cut bigger stone than i am able to with my 10"imer rail saw.I have recently bean toying with slabing up rock from whatever natural environment i am able to.Dont want a rocksaw , although that would solve some dificultys will not be as versitile as i would like.imer makes a imer combi 1000 (14"-38"travel 110 volt now available)around 3,000 new.It is apealing.Felker has a 14" -51" travel,will also use to cut up scrap countertop slab.Can anyone attest to the reliability ,acuracy of either saw.I have bean wondering if anyone has ever used a radial arm saw ( normally for woodworking)for stone cutting.Of cource you would need to insulate the saw for short circuits.Seems as natural as can be.(if its so easy why hasent anyone mentioned it as far as i can tell) any imput will be accepted as i am sure their will be yay and nay sayers . Thanks Chris]
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Unread 12-10-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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random unfounded opinion

I bet a radial arm saw that would turn a 14-inch blade would not be a cheap piece of kit. And the minute you put a diamond wheel in it and start spraying water around the warranty is gone.

Sticking a diamond wheel in a wood saw is a totally reasonable thing to do, so long as the saw is "expendable". You score an old skilsaw for $10 from a garage sale or pick up a 10-inch radial arm saw for $75 from e-bay -- sure, go wild. But buying a fancy cabinet-making instrument and then using it this way? Feels wrong to me.
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Unread 12-10-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
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Naysayer here. Not that it isn't a good idea. But the design of the tool (even if you were to solve the water feed and GFCI issues) doesn't allow for the escape/washing away of the slop/ cut stone material. Not made to be cleaned of sticky slop.

We'el get Steve in here tomorrow to sell you a Raimondi rail saw, or perhaps a trolley type. Click here- Midwest Trade Tools





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Unread 12-10-2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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Oh, and if you do take Gardener's suggestion, please PM mne your personal info so I can take out a life insurance policy on you.

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Unread 12-11-2008, 01:36 PM   #5
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Zipper Saws

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