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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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From now on, the only blade I'll buy

I started out doing a favor for a couple of friends. I've mentioned before that I buy all my blades from a place called World Diamond Source Down in Pompano Beach, Fla.. They've always done right by me, including when I'd bought a couple of glass blades that went bad. They took them back and gave me credit, no questions asked. I've been dealing with two guys down there-- Joe Bruni and Cullen Falkman for quite a while, and have developed a good friendship, as well as a good working relationship with both of them. So a couple of months ago, when they asked me to try out a new blade they were just coming out with called their "Zipper Blade" (I couldn't even find it on their website yet), I said sure. I also told them I'd pipe up about it-- good OR bad-- when I was done trying it out.

Well, I've used it on several jobs. To date, I'd estimate I've cut in about 2000 feet of residential work, straight and diagonal, thru kitchens, showers, front entries, hallways-- you know the drill-- without dressing the blade once. it's performed like no other blade I've ever used, but this weekend, it had its ultimate test. Adam and I have a house we're doing right now, where the front entry, halls, powder room, and laundry (all connected) are all 16x16 diagonal heavy glazed porcelain. I had Adam go over there on saturday to cut it in and start laying it if he had time. I purposely told him NOT to dress the blade, unless it was absolutely necessary. Not only did he not dress the blade, but he pushed the cuts through just as fast as he could. The blade never veered off course even a little bit, and only one time, out of about 150 linear feet of diagonal cutting, did it snap off a corner. I talked to him yesterday, and asked him what he thought, and he told me about it. I thought he was exaggerating. He said it was the best blade he'd ever used. I figured he just hasn't been in the trade long enough. So I tried it myself this morning. Splitting those tiles corner to corner in half, I pushed that tile through just as quickly as I'd push a soft bodied 6x6 piece of wall tile through a normal blade, and I didn't lose so much as a chip off either tip. What really surprises me is that the blade's got a turbo rim on it, and I thought for sure it'd chip the edges of the cuts. Not a bit. Also, the blade's got a heavy center hub, so the usual problem of blade flex causing the blade to "wander off course" is nonexistent.

I started off doing a favor for a couple of guys I do alot of business with. The way I see it now, it's all of YOU I'm doing the favor for. The blade's not cheap, but it's not overly expensive, either. It's the same price as any premium 10" blade-- 95.00. I told them I was going to post this, and they told me anyone that calls them and tells them they were referred from this forum will be given a decent discount, as well. The guys you want to talk to are Cullen Falkman or Joe Bruni, and the numbers they can be reached at are 800-611-8278, 516-977-2098, Joe's cell--954-479-4487, and Cullen's cell--954-531-8092.

I'm getting nothing from this, whether or not you guys buy any blades from them. But I'll tell you-- you're really missing out if you don't give these blades a try. I wouldn't give this strong a recommendation if I didn't think they were top of the line. Think about it-- the last time I pushed a recommendation was several years ago-- for Laticrete products and Henry Rothberg.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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pitcher? I use detroit tool blades I beat the crap out of them and they last forever.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:29 PM   #3
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #4
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Rick, it's not just about lasting forever. I've got blades that have lasted a long time, too. But I'm also constantly dressing them, and compensating for the "wander" on hard tile. In fact, I've got a block blade I've kept in my truck for several year now, just for doing Cerdomus tile, because no other blade will stand up to it. I can't WAIT to use this blade on it! Seriously-- I mean it when I say I've never used a blade like this before. I'll get pics tomorrow.

I KNEW I shoulda taken some!!

I wouldn't want em if they WERE free!! You know the old saying-- you by a dollar's worth for 10 cents, chances are what you bought isn't worth a dime.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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I've been using a blade that good,American Eagle J slot.About $70. here.The cyclone blade is even better but more expensive, and leaves chips.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:44 PM   #6
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When BillV speaketh, I listen. I suspect giving you this blade will turn out to be a good move for these fellows.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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They didn't give it to me. I bought it...... at cost. But I'm hoping it'll be a good move for alot of people in here.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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Does it cut cleanly, or is it kind of like a turbo blade?
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:15 PM   #9
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That's one of the things that shocked me. It IS a turbo blade....... and it cuts clean as a whistle! I'll post some pics tomorrow.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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Good for you Bill that you found a blade that is perfect for you. I use Barranca. I worked with CDC and got to try the T3. I like what I like, as I'm sure you and others do. For me the price is right, I can cut all material and it lasts for ever. The economy may have something to do with that. dot. dot .lol..=) As far as I can tell if you find a blade with a good J-slot (porcelain/granite) and it doesn't have the thick core the T3 has that hinders standing cuts up you will have a decent blade on your saw. The J-slots cut fast through hard material and even cut the soft stuff like butter with a crisp edge.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:46 PM   #11
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Bill, You sold me. I don't pay alot of attention when I buy my saw blades I just always ask for the best ones. It's always hit and miss when it comes to good ones. I trust your word on these and I'll give one a try. Thank for sharing this.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:53 PM   #12
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Bill, Does it have a thick core like the T3? That is the only drawback to the T3, but I'm about due to order another, and love the T3 cept for that aspect.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 08:25 PM   #13
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There are a lot of good blades out there. I bought a Raimondi Stealth and made three cuts with it on glazed porcelain ... It's now hanging on the garage wall.

I picked up a Bottini 1500 in a pinch. It's a fantastic blade.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 08:51 PM   #14
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i use dewalts blade recently put on an alpha blade someone gave me cause some shadowy figure named goooooooooze was coming and i didnt want to scare him with the 3 year old dewalt blade........................course i just did 1400 sqft of cerdomus and never set the wet saw up all rubi and my grinder
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Hey Bill, thanks for the heads up.
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