Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Professionals' Hangout

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 11-20-2003, 11:24 AM   #1
smee
Tile Artist Chick :-)
 
smee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 966
The Gemini Saw

hi again -

I heard about this saw called the Gemini? it's apparently some amazing thing that can cut about any shape you can come up with
but costs a small fortune.

anyone here have any comments\info about it?

thank you

linda
smee is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 11-20-2003, 12:00 PM   #2
Sonnie Layne
Da Poet
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Posts: 5,171
wish I could comment except to say it looks way cool

www.geminisaw.com check out the "contest winners" link, too!!!! Think I'll go back into music,...
__________________
da' poet
Sonnie Layne is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 12:11 PM   #3
smee
Tile Artist Chick :-)
 
smee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 966
uh oh

oh boy - better start saving my pennies....drool2:

I haven't seen one yet, but I have a feeling it's going to be one of those "I have to have it" moments....being a girl, I used to feel that way about shoes. I must have the tile sickness cause I'm feeling that way about tools....

Linda:
smee is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 12:25 PM   #4
kemguru
Colorado Chemist
 
kemguru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 1,217
Collecting shoes is a sickness, but collecting tools just makes you a very cool “girl”.
__________________
-- Tim

"There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."
Thomas Edison
kemguru is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 07:00 PM   #5
Davy
Moderator -- Mud Man
 
Davy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Princeton,Tx.- Dallas area
Posts: 32,220
What's the price of that toy?
Davy is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 08:23 PM   #6
John K
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Southeast U.S.A.
Posts: 4,103
Smee.

I had one. The Gemini Revolution. I paid about 1500.00 with a stand.

I probably wouldn't buy another. Its a cool saw for cutting shapes
but the diamond band saw is probably better. I deal with alot of large format porcelain and natural stone. The throat on the diamond band saw isn't really deep enough to handle large format stuff. The same holds true for the Gemini. As long as you are dealing with 12x12 and under its ok.

One neat thing is that I could set it up in a kitchen and do all my cuts right there, no water spray or mess. Great for backsplashes.


John K
John K is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 08:41 PM   #7
John Bridge
Mudmeister
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Rosanky, Texas
Posts: 67,824
Send a message via AIM to John Bridge
I agree with John. Although I've never used either one of the saws (hint hint, somebody should send me one to review ), I've stood very close to both of them. Dave's got a band saw down at the Tile School. I would go with the band saw, even though it's my understanding the blades/bands break frequently.

Linda,

Emily Tholberg out in Colorado uses a band saw. You've seen Emily's stuff, right?

http://johnbridge.com/images/emilytholberg1.jpg

John Bridge is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 08:49 PM   #8
stullis
Flooring Installer
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Home of Sinclair Lewis, Sauk Centre, MN
Posts: 3,218
You can get the Revolution for $1194.99 plus $49 S&H at www.contractorsdirect.com

The stand would run you another $86 with S&H.

For mosaic work you might want to check out the Taurus Ring Saw. Considerably cheaper but I don't remember right off hand.
__________________
Scott
stullis is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 09:30 PM   #9
Dave Gobis
da Man!
 
Dave Gobis's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Racine, WI.
Posts: 5,528
We got a Revolution ring saw earlier this year. They are popular play toys. Unfortunately they get "horsed" alot which they are not intended nor designed for. Blew a motor in one and tore up a blade on the other. Second blade in the band saw in two years. Considering the abuse, that isn't bad.
Dave Gobis is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-20-2003, 10:36 PM   #10
ninemile
Tile Saw Goddess
 
ninemile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: St. Paul, MN & Savannah, GA
Posts: 508
From what I've seen of both of these saws I'd probably destroy them in about a week cutting my porcelain. They just didn't seem very well made, plastic parts/tracks small motors etc. FWIW I'll stick with my Target & Felker.

But I'dd like a water jet for Xmas!
__________________
Colleen Staton
Geometric Tile &
Nine Mile Properties, LLC
ninemile is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-21-2003, 06:40 AM   #11
John K
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Southeast U.S.A.
Posts: 4,103
Ninemile.

Your right. I think they could have made the saw more heavy duty. How are you cutting shapes in porcelain?


John K
John K is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-21-2003, 09:40 AM   #12
smee
Tile Artist Chick :-)
 
smee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 966
So, the concensus is that it's over-rated for the most part - I think the band saw would be the way to go for the type of work I do.

But, I'm still hoping I'll win a Felker (oh, Please, Oh, please)
- so I can actually use a saw to make pieces instead of a hammer....sheesh

bet those folks down there at Walker Zanger would like that hammer technique, eh John

btw - I have seen Emily's work. It's very impressive!

Linda
smee is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-27-2003, 09:08 AM   #13
scotty B
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mayfield hts ohio
Posts: 61
anyone have a link to the bandsaw?
scotty B is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-27-2003, 09:34 AM   #14
John Bridge
Mudmeister
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Rosanky, Texas
Posts: 67,824
Send a message via AIM to John Bridge
Linda,

Shoot Emily an email. She's very amenable to discussing her work and how she does it.

Don't have a link, but Google do.
John Bridge is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:36 AM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC