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Old 04-15-2009, 09:51 AM
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I have a nice slab of red granite that I would like to cut into a 18" X 5' length.
So, what do you use? A saw, grinder... one billion jigga watt laser?
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:25 AM
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I have done that with a diamond blade on a regular skill saw. You can fill up a big plastic soda bottle with water, and puncture a hole to line up with the height of the middle of the blade -- so that you can squeeze the bottle and shoot a thin stream of water to keep the blade from getting too hot. Home Depot carries a cheap blade.

Anybody know where to pick up a good, cheap laser? :-)

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Old 04-15-2009, 01:07 PM
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One of our members claimed to unbolt the head from his HF 10" wet saw and use it freehand to make such cuts. (This is not a recommendation...) Do not neglect your local stoneyard, for a few bucks they'll cut it to the size you want, and polish the edges too. If it saves you from getting injured, it's cheap at any price.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:32 PM
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If you use a guide held in place with clamps, the skill saw method is safe and it does a pretty good job. I even cut 45 angles for indoor granite counters, and it came out nicely.

Just take your time and don't push the blade too hard or too fast.
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:56 AM
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I have drilled small holes near the bottom of a tin can, filled it with water, and placed it on the surface to be cut. It provides a continuous stream of water to the surface to keep the skill saw blade cool provided both the saw and the tin can can both fit on the same surface.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:48 AM
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The Home Depot in my area rents several diamond blade concrete saws, from a hand held, gas powered, 14 inch to a bigger walk behind unit. I'd opt for the stone place to do the major long cuts, if they break it, you're not left holding the pieces.



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