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Unread 08-13-2002, 03:39 PM   #1
Bryan Klakamp
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Has anyone had experience using the Raimondi Exploit 70 tile saw? I purchased a used one earlier this year, and had good success with it. Pros and cons of the saw would be greatly appreciated. Also, any suggestions on techniques of using it.

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Unread 08-13-2002, 08:01 PM   #2
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Bryan,
Pros;
Under 75 pounds
cuts 20x20 tile or stone on full diagnal
plunge cuts- great for floor register cutouts
percision multiple cuts
1 h.p. direct drive motor w/ 7" blade
jolly cuts

Cons
7" blade w/1" arbor, must get new blade from raimondi (reasonable price)
Will not replace your workhorse tub saw.

One suggestion, i can thick of, is to adjust the water feed.
Also, if you are cutting much porcelain, the standard blade will not last long, Get a premium porcelain blade from raimondi.

saw adjustments are pretty straight forword.
Any specific questions?

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Unread 08-13-2002, 10:53 PM   #3
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Am I correct in understanding that every time you need a blade you have to buy it from the saw manufacturer? Or have I just had my usual quota of brewskies?
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Unread 08-14-2002, 07:03 AM   #4
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Wow ,with a name like that its gotta Grout
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Unread 08-14-2002, 11:58 AM   #5
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Distributors in my area that stock exploit 70 saws, also stock both replacement blades. You won't find a 7" diamond blade w/1" arbor at HD . Distributors can order the size from other blade suppliers also.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 06:19 PM   #6
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KW

Thanks for your response. I really liked using the saw. I was able to cut 2"+ x 3"+ holes for receptacles in limestone. I did first drill 1/4" holes in each corner. I also liked the cutting capacity.

I am new to this field of construction. So, I do not have a tub saw. Why would it not replace that saw? As far as the blade goes, that doesn't sound like a big problem.

So, it sounds like I made a fairly good choice in purchasing this saw.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 08:53 PM   #7
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Bryan,
I'll try to explain, my comment, about the bridge saw not replacing the workhorse tub saw.

I consider tub saws made by Felker/Target, MK and others to be extreme use, continuous production saws. Go to any commercial tile job and see one or more of these saws cutting all day long, maybe turned off at lunch. I refer to the 1 1/2 + H.P. 10 inch + blade models. A 7 " blade bridge saw is not designed for the 10,000 s.f. quarry tile job.

The exploit 70 will do a much better cutting job, wraping columns and corners, miter cuts and multiple percision cutting.

It's like comparing a table saw, radial arm saw,and a compound miter saw.

You will be happy with the saw.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 09:20 PM   #8
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KW,I take offense.You mean my 1 HP felker Tilemaster SC with an 8 inch blade isnt a work horse????Its handled far more than 10,000 feet of quarry tile......Cuts day in day out and sometimes doesnt get turned off at lunch.And in 5 years and oh prob 150,000 feet of tile,I have replaced a 7.00 switch. Not counting Blades of course. But i have had no other failures and truly expect it to cut 150,000 more feet.Oh and most of that 150,000 is porcelain based.
I think i would call it a clydesdale myself
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Unread 08-14-2002, 09:50 PM   #9
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Todd,

I too would consider your saw a workhorse, just as my vintage '85 MK101 w/ 1 H.P. .

My comment was to not confuse anybody into thinking I was refering to a MK170 sold at HD.

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Todd,

Eight-inch? Get a man's saw.
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Unread 08-15-2002, 07:10 AM   #11
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I cant lift a mans saw anymore John LOL
Actually i have a 10" available when i need it,but find that the 8 handles 90% + of what i do.
And That 10" Is heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!
Must keep albert in shape eh
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That sucker's gotta weight a hundred pounds -- the saw, not Albert.

Come to think of it, Albert probably doesn't weight much more than . . . . oh, he weighs more than a "hunert."
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Unread 08-19-2002, 04:32 AM   #13
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8", 10",

The diameter doesn't make the saw, actually the 7 & 8" blades will cut straighter than their 10" big brothers.

Less opportunity for blade wobble.

They cost less, due to the quantity of diamond on the smaller segment, but with the 1 1/2 hp saws, will cut every bit as good, and straighter.

I had to fill in for Andy, since he wants nothing to with this post.

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Hey Chip,

Forgot you are/were a saw man. Glad you saw fit to stop by.
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Unread 08-24-2002, 11:31 AM   #15
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Chip, couldn't agree more with regard to the blade size. I've run small blades on my MK101 for years, and they seem to realize far less deflection on harder stones. Not that the 101 is a dead on affair, but it helps. The Smaller blades are also more economical, unless you account for blade wear factoring in the dia.

Kw,

we're in the market for another saw, and I'm semi-interested another gantry style saw for the shop. We do a little fabrication of small slabs and lot's of larger stone tiles. Currently we're running a Imer comob 250 and the bigger Imer 1000. I like them for there accuracy, but loath the lack of flexibility of the combo250. You can't do anything but production cut, and the gate stops are awful.
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