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Unread 01-22-2020, 09:11 PM   #1
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Help with Cutting Oversized Tile

Ok, need some advice.
I have 3- 10"x60" wood grain porcelain tiles that I need to cut down in width (down to 9.75"). There's no way this tile will even come close to fitting in my Dewalt saw. I have a little Alpha AWS-110 4.5" wet saw and I purchased a CGX115 Montolit 4-1/2" Gold Line blade (due to the great reviews). Well, I did some practice cuts to see how clean it cuts- it majorly chipped the tile.

I've got one shot at cutting these tiles and its gotta be right the first time.
Does anyone have any suggestions on getting these tiles cut cleanly or a suggestion on a better blade that will give me a chip free cut.

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Unread 01-22-2020, 09:56 PM   #2
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So you're ripping 1/4" off the width ... sounds like the tile needs to fit along a wall . The edge wont be covered by trim or base?
Could you carefully pre-score the top of the tile with a hand held diamond blade in a grinder?
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Unread 01-22-2020, 10:33 PM   #3
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I like this blade, nice clean cut, just don't force it through, then run a polishing pad like for finishing granite.

4" Cyclone Mesh Rim Diamond Blade for Porcelain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3OI0C0..._.fskEbC070XFT
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Unread 01-22-2020, 10:39 PM   #4
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Ed, what the client wanted us to do is blow out the exterior wall 2 feet to enlarge the shower. I explained there would be a header running through the shower (because we cantilevered the floor joists rather than pouring a footing) and they asked me to wrap the header in tile to make it look like a distressed beam. So, thus the reasoning for the large tile to cover the header completely on three sides without grout joints (Schluter Rondec on the bottom edges).

There’s no way I can use a grinder and score a straight 60” line.
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Unread 01-22-2020, 11:07 PM   #5
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When using the little Alpha saw, were you cutting with the good side down so that the spinning blade is “entering” the cut on the good side and “exiting” the cut on the back side of the tile? If not, I’d give that a try (with a straightedge clamped to the time for stability) and I think you’ll see an improvement on chipping.

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Unread 01-22-2020, 11:13 PM   #6
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I was wondering that same thing today. Because the rotation of the Alpha is opposite the DEWALT. I’ll give that a try tomorrow. Thanks
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. There’s no way I can use a grinder and score a straight 60” line.
well not with that attitude you can't. Does your alpha saw have a depth adjustment? (I am not familiar with the alpha saw) I think if you go all in on one pass that you may get bad results or if it is similar to a wet saw then you could get it in one shot with a good clean edge. How far away from the eye is this beam? If you had any chipping you could touch it up with nail polish,or a sharpie and make it blend. Just trying to give you options as I am not there to see what you are working with.
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It’s like a mini circular saw with a diamond blade and a hose to spray water at the cut.

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Shawn, with all due respect, attitude has absolutely nothing to do with it. If you can freehand a 60” perfectly straight line with a grinder then call me impressed. I cannot and will not take the chance of screwing up this very expensive tile.
But thank you for your suggestions.
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Unread 01-23-2020, 09:13 AM   #12
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It was a joke fella, something the guy that taught me how to do flooring use to say to me if I said I couldn't do something. I have never ripped down a 60 free hand but I have a 8x48 similar to what you are doing here. I have a sigma that will do a 60" rip but I only had 4 to rip( long wall of a closet)so I didn't want to get it down just for that. I took a straight edge drew a line and cut it with a grinder. Slow and steady. I think you should have no problem doing it with the alpha. I would put a straight edge as a fence as tool guy suggested
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Unread 01-23-2020, 12:56 PM   #13
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If its a mini-circular saw like toolguy says, then clamp a straightedge to the tile to act as a fence, set the depth to 1/8" or just enough to cut through ths glaze and ... vety carefully ... pull the saw backwards acrross the tile. That way the blade is spinning down into the face. Then go back and cut full depth.
Or as suggested, cut from the back, still with a fence clamped to the tile.
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Unread 01-23-2020, 02:20 PM   #14
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How about a RodKat rip table for the Dewalt saw.
https://www.contractorsdirect.com/ro...-saw-rip-table
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No one can rip a perfectly straight 60 inch cut by eye, even with a line. The straight edge is the key.
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