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WTB old 6” or 8” rock saw


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6 hours ago, wet/dry washer said:

why not buy a ceramic tile saw? so much faster and you can trapped the rocks in bondo or plaster of paris, cut slabs etc.

Hi wetdry I like the idea, but I already have a wet saw and I need to do fine cuts with minimal waste and I would like to use a more professional saw.

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I remember this thread. Hope it helps.

https://nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/topic/17715-meteorite-cutting-in-so-cal/#

Might want to consider sending your meteorites out for wire cutting. Much smaller loss and it might pay for itself.

Whatever you do, do it carefully.

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7 hours ago, Rocky said:

Hi wetdry I like the idea, but I already have a wet saw and I need to do fine cuts with minimal waste and I would like to use a more professional saw.

Rocky.

The saw is virtually the same. The blade is the difference. Just get a thin kerf lapidary blade and put it on the tile saw. 

Check out Covington Engineering. That is where I get my rock cutting blades. 

Use oil coolant instead of water. It will cut faster, make the blade last longer and the stone will stay cool as a cucumber.

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10 minutes ago, Bedrock Bob said:

Rocky.

The saw is virtually the same. The blade is the difference. Just get a thin kerf lapidary blade and put it on the tile saw. 

Check out Covington Engineering. That is where I get my rock cutting blades. 

I have a 10” heavy duty saw that’s not refined enough to make fine cuts and also I wasn’t able to locate a blade under .04

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21 minutes ago, Rocky said:

I have a 10” heavy duty saw that’s not refined enough to make fine cuts and also I wasn’t able to locate a blade under .04

A 10" blade is going to be thicker than a smaller diameter blade. A 10" saw is more of a masonry type saw than a tile saw. You should be able to find a decent setup in a smaller diameter tile saw for a couple hundred bucks for the saw machine and another couple hundred for a good blade.

If a Harbor Freight tile saw is not suitable then just buy one from Covington. They are the standard in rock saws. They make a nice Lortone too. Much more expensive though. Some have automatic feed and a sweet clamping system, but they are basically just a glorified tile saw. The blade is the key factor.

Again,. if the RPM is right and the proper coolant is used that saw blade does not know if it is being turned by a Covington saw or a Harbor Freight cheapie. As long as there is no runout on the shaft all that motor does is spin the blade.

I like the Rock Shed for lapidary supplies but I buy all my blades and bits direct from Covington Engineering. If you cant find it there then you will need to dig pretty deep to find a more suitable setup. 

 

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