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Unread 05-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Suggestions, please?

I am looking for a new toy

Hoping to do a lot more fun tile work here on the island and needing a (semi) serious saw. Big thing is that it has to be able to cut big things (like river rocks, for instance), yet be able to do finicky cuts too (such as turning big tiles into tiny ones for mosaics and such)

Another (pretty) big thing is that it should not totally bankrupt me.

I already have a DL 7000 but that will only cut up to 1.5" thick material and my trusty little MK has so totally seen better days. I think it will probably just fall apart in the next week or so. I have been feverishly keeping an eye on CL, but I am not nearly as lucky as Opie when it comes to finding good deals.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Unread 05-27-2009, 10:45 PM   #2
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Something like these?

http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Con...nry-Brick-Saws
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Unread 05-27-2009, 10:48 PM   #3
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There is a nice Imer 250 on Portland craigslist.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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Imer 250

the imer 250 is the way to go. You can cut 2" thick material 31" long. I just used mine to cut a 1"x1" by 1/16th thick glass (it's made by mirage). It didn't chip or shatter one tile. It'll do everything you need to do and it only weighs 60lbs.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 09:37 PM   #5
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I'm not much of a fan of IMERS..I've owned 3 and cut down mosaics ect. even cut river rocks with them. I wouldn't own another one.

Without question the best saw I have ever used is the big Felker. I wish I could find an old model as the used to take 12" blades..Lots of nice silent core blades for 12"..I only know of 1 Silent Core in 10"( FG 10-s by Felker) and it kicks butt.

For the sake of economy I would look for a used Target/Husky in this size (medium)http://www.targettilesaws.com/shoppi...dID=1187124429

I have strong feelings and opinions about saws..But I've put a lot of time behind many different types and done some non-conventional stuff like your looking to do and We only use Target/felker/husky saws these days because they never let us down. For me a bad saw day is like a bad hair day where you also lose a bunch of money
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Unread 05-29-2009, 11:01 PM   #6
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Adrianna- "I am looking for a new toy "

Ummmm, this is a family forum.

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Unread 05-30-2009, 09:25 AM   #7
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Get yer mind out the gutter, there, Gooze

This is a tile and stone forum - I do not know what your wife means when she says she wants a new toy, but when I say it, I mean to add to my collection of electric stone cutting machines.

Thanks for the info on the saws. Will go see if I could find any. I am just worried when buying second hand that the saw might have suffered some abuse in the past. Hopefully I can find something nearby so I can go look at it before I pay for it.
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Unread 05-30-2009, 05:42 PM   #9
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get a dewalt - I got a free tile laser with mine (which rules) and it will be easy to sell if you ever need to. Its light weight and can cut anything. There are better saws out there but they weigh too much for 1 person to handle easily..
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Aquera ( MIke ) what's a tile laser ? I have a dewalt too and I love it .
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Unread 05-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #11
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Unread 05-30-2009, 10:29 PM   #12
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I haven't been a fan of the dewalts. They are light and they are good for controling water, and for ease of plunge and miter cuts, but all can be addressed with my target easily enough. I don't think the Dewalts would be big enough for what you want either. My biggest gripe about them is that they are direct drive motors.
But the only saws I will buy are targets/felkers with the bullet proof baldor motors.
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Unread 05-31-2009, 12:58 AM   #13
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Ditto..got 2 dewalts and they sit on the shelf.. Targets/Felkers get used day in day out and work.
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Trask, are you still using the craver saw? Do that is left at the shop to do the cutting or it on the shelf collecting dust?
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Adrianna- "a DL 7000 but that will only cut up to 1.5" thick material"
Key word here- only. Not too much tile, or slab more than that thick. Sounds like you need a highpower low tech Felker. Or the Imer.

Trask you looking to get rid of either of those DeWalts?

Also- sorry for before, didn't know you were so easily..... something.

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