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Unread 01-23-2007, 05:59 PM   #1
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7" Tile saw blade - need replacement

I bought a HD QEP 1/3 hp, 7" blade tile saw several years ago

I now need a new blade

The old blade lists 1.8 x 7

So 7", but what does the 1.8 stand for?

What should I be buying?
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Unread 01-23-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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What will you primarily be cutting? Ceramic, porcelain, soft stones, harder stones, glass tiles?

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Unread 01-23-2007, 06:42 PM   #3
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Up until now it has been all ceramic (I think)
Tiled my last bath, floor & walls, kitchen backsplash
My friend borrowed it to do his bath & kitchen
I'm not sure what his tile was

I'm thinking it will probably be ceramic, but possible we may buy porcelain

Future tiling projects:
Kitchen
Sunroom
Steam shower & bathroom
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Unread 01-23-2007, 06:42 PM   #4
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I can't help you with the 1.8 part but here's the spec sheet on the current model of that saw. http://www.qep.com/msds_pds/QEP%20Pr...ta%20Sheet.pdf

It takes a standard 7" continuous rim diamond blade with a 5/8 arbor.

Dave, which blade to buy depends entirely upon the type of tile being cut. Here's a link to Construction Complete's website with many choices in the 7" size range. http://www.constructioncomplete.com/...ondBlades.html

I'll give you my own personal bias on blade choices for that little 7" saw: In the Ceramic/Marble category I'll recommend the Felker K-1000. It's a good general purpose blade and most likey a lot better than the stock blade that came with the saw. If you are primarly cutting porcelain then I'd go with the MK-225. And if Grantie, the Felker TM-5 would be my first choice for nice clean straight cuts. I actually have all of these blades so this recommendation has some actual experience behind it.
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Unread 01-23-2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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Thank you

I may end up with a new saw before the next projects start
Depends upon the tile the wife picks out & how good the replacement blade works out with this saw
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Unread 01-23-2007, 07:18 PM   #6
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Yep .

And good luck with your upcoming project.
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Unread 01-23-2007, 08:40 PM   #7
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Well the saw blades at HD start at $22 (none in stock)
then $35
then $50 - which is about what I paid for the saw

So, are these prices "normal" or high because they don't sell that many

I can buy (3) online for $20 with shipping - "Workforce"
I literally have 6 tiles left to cut
I figure these would get me thru the 6 tiles

ooops that link was for dry blades, here is the wet blades
7/8" arbor, I need 5/8"

http://cgi.ebay.com/Qty-3-7-Diamond-...QQcmdZViewItem

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Unread 01-24-2007, 12:43 AM   #8
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Dave - I picked up a 7" Hot Dog at Amazon recently for about 40 bucks. Free shipping and no tax. The pros seem to have mixed opinions about the Hot Dogs, but I'm pretty happy with it. I think the knock is it's a little thin and that's a problem on some of the table saws where the mount thingie for the blade cover that sticks up just past the trailing edge of the blade might be thicker than the Hot Dog. In that case the cut might not be wide enough to pass by.

I put mine on one of those Husky grinder saws and it works like a champ.
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Unread 01-24-2007, 08:59 AM   #9
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For now I'm going to do the 3 blades for $20

Then look for a good saw to replace this saw
It's a decent little saw, but with the upcoming projects it makes sense to buy a good saw
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Unread 01-24-2007, 09:34 AM   #10
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Well, after a further search here looks like I do not want the want the segmented blade as it is more prone to chip
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Unread 01-24-2007, 11:41 AM   #11
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Well, I bought a 7" saw blade at Lowes

and it's actually 7 1/4" & will not fit

So back to the stores & check HD
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