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  • European version of the HF saw?

    What are people in Europe using since it is not possible to purchase the Harbor Freight saw?

    Any alternative brands and models that are fit for purpose? I found a Far Tools tile saw, but it can only handle tiles or brick to 3.6 cm or an inch and a half approx...

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    Re: European version of the HF saw?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2bzfgzKfF0
    This is me cutting bricks on a cheap mitre saw with a 10 inch masonry blade (Evolution Rage 3 Diamond Cutting Blade 255mm).
    Here I'm soaking bricks and it works great, but you really only need to wet the surface and spray a little water on the blade before cutting.
    My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/4...way-19491.html

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    • #3
      Re: European version of the HF saw?

      Originally posted by Steellearning View Post
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2bzfgzKfF0
      This is me cutting bricks on a cheap mitre saw with a 10 inch masonry blade (Evolution Rage 3 Diamond Cutting Blade 255mm).
      Here I'm soaking bricks and it works great, but you really only need to wet the surface and spray a little water on the blade before cutting.
      Ok, that took less time than I thought with a mitre saw. A good bit of dust though... How much was the blade (the ones I saw were e90 which seems to be far more expensive than what I believed our American cousins were paying)? I realise you would be paying Kroner (and from memory of my visit there Norway is not the cheapest!)

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      • #4
        Re: European version of the HF saw?

        The dust is a problem but I didn't have a shop vac hooked up at the time.
        With the shop vac there is less dust.
        I saw this blade on ebay:
        EVOLUTION 255mm Diamond Blade For Rage3 / Rage3-DB £28.08. I paid a little less but that was last year.
        Just make sure the blade fits your mitre saw "Bore 25.4mm
        Kerf (Thickness) 0.079"
        My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/4...way-19491.html

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        • #5
          Re: European version of the HF saw?

          I was inspired by your video Steel, when I first saw it on youtube I went to all the hardware stores in town searching for a blade but to no avail. Found the blade later on ebay for 13 gbp inc. shipping to Sweden. 250mm Diamond Blade Disc for Granite Marble Tiles Stone | eBay
          Got nervous waiting for the blade so I ordered a segmented version too, but the first one was really sufficient, have cut at least one hundred bricks today and no sign of wear at all.
          I found it better to soak the bricks for a couple of hours, then there will be no dust. In addition I also sprayed ever so lightly with a hose directly on the blade while cutting. The blade is meant for 2250 rpm and the saw runs at 5000 rpm, but that seems to be no problem.
          Let's keep it metric

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          • #6
            Re: European version of the HF saw?

            Running a blade at twice the recommended revs is asking to wear it in your face the max revs are there for a reason

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            • #7
              Re: European version of the HF saw?

              That is so true, faces should be kept out of the blades way just in case.
              Let's keep it metric

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              • #8
                Re: European version of the HF saw?

                Originally posted by ugnsnisse View Post
                I was inspired by your video Steel, when I first saw it on youtube I went to all the hardware stores in town searching for a blade but to no avail. Found the blade later on ebay for 13 gbp inc. shipping to Sweden. 250mm Diamond Blade Disc for Granite Marble Tiles Stone | eBay
                Got nervous waiting for the blade so I ordered a segmented version too, but the first one was really sufficient, have cut at least one hundred bricks today and no sign of wear at all.
                I found it better to soak the bricks for a couple of hours, then there will be no dust. In addition I also sprayed ever so lightly with a hose directly on the blade while cutting. The blade is meant for 2250 rpm and the saw runs at 5000 rpm, but that seems to be no problem.
                Don't think we'll have any problems with the rpm. The mitre saw pretty much covers the blade and I wear gloves, eye and ear protection when using it. I've cut around 100 bricks too so far. If I'm lucky the blade may hold for the entire build. I'll give the long soak a try. If you look at the brick side after cutting you can see how far the water soaks in. The sides only took a minute to soak... don't think I looked at the center cuts I was just so happy it worked.
                My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/4...way-19491.html

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                • #9
                  Re: European version of the HF saw?

                  I've been cutting a few bricks this morning and I could really recommend setting your garden hose to a minimum and applying that water just where the blade cuts in at the brick. No dust. I'm thinking of somehow connecting the hose directly to the saws protecting shell. Maybe for the next build.
                  Let's keep it metric

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                  • #10
                    Re: European version of the HF saw?

                    Need to be careful that your saw can handle the water. Electricity and water are not friends to the user when they combine. Wet saws are designed to cope with the water safely.
                    Cheers ......... Steve

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                    • #11
                      Re: European version of the HF saw?

                      Originally posted by ugnsnisse View Post
                      I've been cutting a few bricks this morning and I could really recommend setting your garden hose to a minimum and applying that water just where the blade cuts in at the brick. No dust. I'm thinking of somehow connecting the hose directly to the saws protecting shell. Maybe for the next build.
                      Making a water sprayed backdrop might also work?
                      My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/4...way-19491.html

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                      • #12
                        Re: European version of the HF saw?

                        Originally posted by Greenman View Post
                        Need to be careful that your saw can handle the water. Electricity and water are not friends to the user when they combine. Wet saws are designed to cope with the water safely.
                        Yet again a good piece of advice, as for me, I have hooked it up through a residual-current device.
                        The motor is separate from the blade unit so I think it will last. Just have to remember to clean and lube everything after every run.

                        Steel, a waterspray backdrop, how would that work?
                        Let's keep it metric

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                        • #13
                          Re: European version of the HF saw?

                          Just a piece of plywood, a hose running along top with holes so the water runs down the face of the plywood. Put that behind the saw so the water catches the some of the dust that the shop vac doesn't get.
                          My build: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/4...way-19491.html

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                          • #14
                            Re: European version of the HF saw?

                            I see. Should work.
                            Let's keep it metric

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