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Unread 02-25-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Gemini saw?

Anybody have one of these? or used one? I have a project coming up with alot of glass to be cut on a radius. This saw looks amazing but I have never heard of this company.

Anybody know anything about them or this saw?


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Unread 02-25-2008, 06:53 PM   #2
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Had one and sold it. I think you would be better off with a bandsaw. Check with Bill Vincent on this forum. I believe he has one.
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Unread 02-25-2008, 07:04 PM   #3
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Think Bill has this one.

http://www.diamondsaws.com/dl5000.cfm

Here's some others.

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...&um=1&ie=UTF-8
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Unread 02-25-2008, 07:20 PM   #4
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Marge has one too... I'm getting curious about them. I had considered them a bit of a novelty but as I see what can be done I think they certainly have a place.
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Unread 02-25-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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Especialy as nice as the work I've seen you produce! I don't believe you need one, but man - effeciency would be a factor! But you are right on! Must be living right!!!!!!
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Unread 02-25-2008, 08:49 PM   #6
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I have had one for a couple of years now. I had a job of 1800 feet of porcelain in a curved house- curved walls, cabinets etc.
It worked fine and paid for itself right there. I have since done a couple of others jobs with it. Cutting in curves for a wave pattern, mosaics and such. I have a job to do now where the people are excited because I could offer to cut a wave pattern into a wainscot (glass curve into a tumbled marble).
It has limitations but all tools do. It is fine for what it does if you have a job where you can justify the cost.
I can't compare it to a band saw type. Better ask Bill on that one.
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Unread 02-25-2008, 09:39 PM   #7
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I'm very satisfied with the DL. has a much bigger "throat" for turning the tile than ANY ring saw will, especially the Gemini.



Just to show you what it can do, it was the DL I used for the logo below:



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Thanks for the input - maybe Bill or Marge will come by & give their opinions. Another question - is this saw or even the band saws like the one's Richie linked to - are they practicle to use for cuts other than the fancy schmancy cuts? Michael - do you use yours for anything other than radius or circular cuts? I was hoping to get dual use out of it - I know you said it had its limits.
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Unread 02-25-2008, 09:47 PM   #9
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Not really. They're accurate as hell, and they cut radius cuts like no one's business. But they're slow as hell. The ONLY time I break out the DL is when it's needed.

For everything else, there's TARGET!!
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Thanks Bill - is that slate? In the first pic? Is it practicle to use for straight cuts or as an everyday saw? Seems to be smaller - maybe easier to set up than a larger wet saw?
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Ok - can't be any slower than my typing! Thanks for the input - I hadn't thought about a band saw - kinda fell in "lust" with the ring saw when I saw it. But can see now how the band - with a bigger throat - would give a little more flexibility for the larger pcs. Guess I'll do some more research before making a decision - I fall in "lust" with most any new toy I don't already have...probably too easy some times....
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Unread 02-25-2008, 10:00 PM   #12
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Yes, it is slate.
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The downside to the DL is cost and the blades are pricey and a tad sensitive. Just ask Bill, we both learned fast not to be fast. We did recently learn that you could send broken blades back to DL and get them replaced for a third of original cost. That's a big deal.

But an everyday saw..nope. Definitely specialty cuts/projects IMO. I finally bought it for a tub surround mural with porcelain and stone. It worked great on the bears.

I'd like to seriously test drive a ring saw. Have heard a lot of pros and cons.
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Unread 02-25-2008, 10:39 PM   #14
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Speakin of which, I've got one to send back right now!! (24x24 1/2" thick porcelain-- STILL tried to go too fast!)



Maybe Bill DIDN'T learn!!
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Rockin' tunes on that Gemini link-is that Motorhead in the backround?
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