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SteveP 11-29-2008 08:20 PM

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I cut most of the oven floor today using a 7" wet tile saw and an angle grinder with a masonry wheel. The cuts proved difficult b/c I had to constantly flip the bricks over to finish the cut. My cuts were not as precise as I had hoped. I ordered a 10" wet tile saw from Home Depot today and will use it to finish the rest of the cuts. I'm hoping that this will help with the rest of the brick cuts.

sslandry 11-30-2008 06:18 AM

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You should just get a diamond steel circular saw blade for the cuts. I can even cut a smooth radius, but it took some practice.

christo 11-30-2008 07:17 AM

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I think you'll be happy with the saw - no more flipping things over and the wet saw will definately keep most of the dust down -

Becareful where you aim the saw - the water that comes off the cut carries brick dust and you can coat things pretty quickly! Part of my deck was stained with red brick clay while cutting the edges of my patio...


SteveP 11-30-2008 08:13 AM

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I'm thinking that I can cut a radius with the new saw b/c I was able to somewhat manipulate the brick on the 7" saw but turning the brick over made this maneauver difficult. I thought about getting a diamond blade for my circular saw but was worried about the amount of dust that would create. I'll have to rework some of the brick with my new saw as some of them don't have as a nice of a radius as I would have liked and the edges are not perpendicular to the floor.

staestc 12-02-2008 06:11 AM

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It looks good Steve. The dust from dry cutting with a circular saw will eat up saws. I cut a bunch of pavers with a radial arm saw once and the dust was incredible and the saw was never the same after that and did not live long after that either (yeah, using a radial arm was stupid, I now know :o).

If you do use a circular saw, I would suggest getting one just for that purpose, either a cheap one you can afford to trash or a purpose built one that is seal to take the punishment.

You will love the wet saw after doing the angle grinder thing, by the way :D


SteveP 12-02-2008 02:31 PM

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Thanks Travis. I have basically stopped all work until my wet saw arrives. It was just too hard to make a precise straight cut with the tools I had (I need more skill). The worst part was that I had to take off the guard on the 7" tile saw b/c the fire brick would not pass through. This caused the water/slurry to fly right into my face with every cut. Good thing I had my safety glasses on.

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