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Old 11-22-2013, 04:20 AM
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I'm getting ready to build the dome and need some input on the type of wet saw to use. Do I really need a paver saw? The firebricks seem pretty pourous. Can I use a saw with smaller amps?
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:44 AM
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If you are buying, look for a 10" 1 1/2hp motor. That would be my recommended starting size. If you aren't going to use it again, rent one.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:30 AM
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SSP,

A lot of non professional WFO builders went with the cheap Harbor Freight 10" wet saw which run a little over $200. HF has the 20% off coupons all the time. Not the highest quality but does the job and fairly easy to resell when your done.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:01 AM
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I second UBee

the problem with renting is that you have to have everything planned and ready to go. I found it virtually impossible to get all brick cuts correctly ahead of time so I ended up cutting as I built. I probably used the saw on about 25-30 different days (I also used it to cut regular brick for my surrounding wall.)

The cheap Harbor Freight saw blade (which u can also get a deal on) lasted me almost the entire build. I bought another one near the end of the project in part so I can sell it with an OK blade!

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:09 PM
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Thank you all. HF it is.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:33 PM
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I didnt use a saw at all... I used a hydraulic brick splitter...worked great! no dust...no noise...minimal effort. I used a hand-grinder when I need to custom-fit the firebrick.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:43 AM
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It is really all about what you can get your hands on at a reasonable price. It took me some time to get all of the cuts as the dome went up so hiring would have cost me a motza. I bought a 14" wet saw for $420, the blade has plenty of life left and I could get more than I paid for it. Seems like the way to go for me. Just have to find the right thing at the right price.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:49 AM
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SSP,

A lot of non professional WFO builders went with the cheap Harbor Freight 10" wet saw which run a little over $200. HF has the 20% off coupons all the time. Not the highest quality but does the job and fairly easy to resell when your done.
Which one do you mean Russ...there is a 7" 1.5 hp tile saw for 188$ or a 10" 2.5 brick saw for $259. At least that is what's on the website.

I never looked at them in person, I guess for a one off they are good.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:50 AM
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Stonecutter,
It's the 10" saw from Harbor Freight that Russell is referring. Like he said a lot of us went that route. At the moment, the saw is $250, the stand, $50, and the blade is $30. That changes with coupons, weekly sales etc. Many have bought the saw on the intentions of selling it when they are finished with the oven . Mine has become part of the family .
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You can't beat that price, that's for sure! It's just not the right for me though.
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