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Old 06-05-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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Tile Saws: specifically the quality of the rip-fence

One of the things people like to point out when discussing the pros/cons of bench-top table saws (for wood) is the ease of use and accuracy of the ruler for setting the position of the rip-fence. My little table saw has both an inches and centimeters/millimeters rule, and a rack-and-pinion adjustment knob that makes it very easy to set exactly where the cut should be.

In the "prosumer" class in the $400-$700 range, are there any tile saws that stand out from the pack in terms of the high quality of their rip-fence assembly and how easy it is to set up a precise location for the cut?

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P.S. I do understand that there are other important features to consider, such as the whether there's a worm gear or a direct drive motor, how easy it is to true the blade/rails, whether the rails get gunked up during use or are protected so things slide smoothly, the max size of cuts, plunge-cut capability, etc etc.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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I'm interested in a good answer on this topic as well...

I've yet to use a wet saw with a nice ruler and rip fence..

I always mark and just set the jig next to it and tighten it down.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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I don't know of too many setters myself that actually use the guide for measurements.
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There are only two rules I use.. thats my tape measure and my sigma dry saw, the thing is dead nuts!
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The answer I got from one of the manufacturers is that the hash marks on their ruler are to be ignored for the most part: the fence stabilizes the tile and serves as a jig for any subsequent identical cuts. They expect you will first measure the tile itself with your own rule and mark it where the cut should occur, and then dry-position the blade to that mark. Old school

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Old 06-06-2008, 07:42 AM   #6
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Old school perhaps T but the answer you got describes exactly how I use the fence. Or....how I don't use it.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:40 PM   #7
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I picked up an IMER Combi 200 (not the newer VA model) as a warehouse special. It has both millimeter and inch markings on the fence, and IMER claims their saws are very accurate. In a week or two, I will let you know if the 200 is old-school, or if its fence can be used to set the first cut.
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