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Unread 03-25-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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best saw for ripping 24x24 porcelain straight

Hi everyone.

I've been running into a lot of jobs lately that are requiring cutting down 24x24 porcelain down to 12x24. I saw a thread on this but I'm still not sold on the answers.

Of course I know how to cut down porcelain, the problem is cutting it perfectly straight without the blade flexing. These cuts are for field tile and not cuts to a wall. My sister runs a water jet company and I have a friend at a fabrication shop, but I can't keep asking them and homeowners will not pay for the cutting down (most of the time).

I have 3 felkers but none are rail/plunge saws. Would either of those alleviate the blade flex? if so, what brand?

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Unread 03-25-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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It might be time for you to invest in a good snap cutter. A couple of good brands out there and several threads here on the subject. I have a Tomecanic that will cut 24" tile dead on from end to end. Also, no dust/ water generated.

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If it makes you feel any better, I have a heck of a time cutting straight on the imer with hard porcelain, so I'm not sure a rail saw is the answer.

I agree if you can get a good snap cutter, that might be the best bet.

Luckily, I don't think I've ever run into a job where they wanted tile ripped down. Stone, yes, tile, no. With all the options out there, I don't know why they just couldn't find one that comes in a 12" by 24".

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Unread 03-25-2012, 09:25 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Travis
I saw a thread on this but I'm still not sold on the answers.
Same folks would be providing the answers here, Travis.

Did you try typing "wet saw" or "tile saw" or "saw blade" into the Advanced search and asking for Titles? Hundreds and hundreds of discussions on what you're asking, including some with titles like "What is a good brand of saw blade?"

What you're gonna find is one guy's best blade ever made is the next guy's piece of junk. Pretty subjective arena.

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Travis, I used a cheap bridge saw to rip 20" tile to 1-5/8" strips. I bought a good quality blade. We had about 180 lin ft to make. We checked all the cuts with dial Caliper. All cuts had to be with in .005 +/-.

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For big rips I use my Felker Rail Saw with a Zipper Blade. I raise the blade and cut 1/2 way through. Go back and make the final cut. Straight as an arrow. Some porcelains are so dense this is the only way to get perfect cuts.

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Travis I just bought a Ramondi Gladiator 105 for the exact reason you asked about, the factory blade wasn't bad but I put on my Zipper adjusted the fence a little and now it will cut the entire 41" within a 32nd. Hope this helps ya.
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