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Unread 11-19-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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TM-75 Setup Suggestions?

The tile job at my son's place over Thanksgiving grew from 80 to 160 sq ft of 12" tile. The saw he was going to borrow was a toy, so I bought a Felker TM-75. Are there any tricks to setting it up?

The tile is some kind of ceramic from Home Depot (I haven't seen it). Will I need any different blade than comes with the saw? How will I know if I need a different blade? What would be a good blade when it comes time to get a new one?
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Unread 11-19-2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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I think you will find the setup of that new saw relatively straight forward. I'd at least get the motor mounted to the post before you go over there and check for alignment before hand. We'll be around over the weekend if you need any help.

The fact of the matter is, you really won't know how well that factory supplied blade will work until you start cutting tile. If he bought reqular glazed ceramic tile, you should be good to go. If on the other hand it's a very hard porcelain tile then you may need a different blade. You will know this because the blade will basically stop cutting after "x" number of linear feet of cuts. In this case, "X" might be 15 feet or maybe even 50 feet. Go for a good quality porcelain blade and expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $60 for one.

If you are only doing perimeter wall cuts then I'd go with an 8" MK Hot Dog (MK 225) blade which cuts porcelian like butter on that saw and will not require "sharpening" or conditioning as it's called. That blade is somewhat prone to chipping tile so if you are doing intricate cuts not covered by base molding, then another type of porcelain blade might be in order.
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Unread 11-19-2005, 10:23 PM   #3
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I second Mike's suggestions. I used the stock blade when I started my bathroom project but switched to the Hot Dog blade about halfway through. The original blade is still good but the Hot Dog cuts hard porcelain much better.
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