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Old 09-12-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Cutting wood with diamond blade

Can a diamond blade meant for ceramics be used for occasional light duty wood cutting? If not, I would be interested in knowing why.
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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It would only burn the wood through friction as its abrasive is far too smooth for cutting something as soft as wood. The "teeth" are nearly microscopic. I suspect you'd only overheat the blade and the wood wouldn't cut.
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No, I doubt it would even start to cut it. Theres really no teeth on a wet saw blade.
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:57 PM   #4
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Depends on how light duty you're talking about.I cut door jambs with mine,but that's about all I would cut with the diamond blade.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys, just the sort of advice I was looking for. I guess there is no reason I could not install a wood cutting blade on my tile table saw and obviously run it dry. Strange thing is the diamond blade is 7" and wood cutting blades don't come in that size. I will have to go down a size to 6 1/2"
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Why would you want to ruin a diamond blade to cut wood?
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Just re-read that. Your going to put a wood blade on your wet saw?
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Please explain to me why I could not get double duty from this tile table saw by putting a wood blade on it. Unconventional I know but I believe it would work fine.
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Depends on what your cutting with it. I can invision you trying to run something through it and gravity taking over and knocking the wet saw over..
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Haven't seen that done.Could work i suppose,but with the smaller blade,you need a saw that can be lowered to cut the wood....
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Thats what Im trying to say. Your gonna have alot of blade sticking up.
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I don't have any experience with tile saws, but doesn't the blade spin such that the front edge is going down? That would make feeding wood into a wood blade a bit tricky as it's going to try to pull it away from you.

For a smaller blade, you could just add a 1/2" thick board to the table top (raise the table to the blade).
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It's just an idea I came up with. I live in a condo, not much room, and thought I could kill 2 birds with one stone. Interesting about the blade going the opposite direction, I never thought of that. I only wanted to make small wood cuts, like moulding etc. What am I missing, a smaller diameter blade would lower the blade, no ???

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Old 09-12-2007, 07:24 PM   #14
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Personally, I think trying to get a tool to do something it wasn't intended for is not only not a good idea but a potentially dangerous one. Have you investigated the RPM of a table saw vs. the RPM for a wet saw? I think I'd want to know that. I would also be concerned about the saw dust generated and worry it might "bugger" something up.

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Old 09-12-2007, 07:29 PM   #15
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Good point, I will investigate. I do however enjoy "thinking out of the box" and doing unusual things. I agree though that safety is paramount. I appreciate all the input.
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