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Old 04-22-2019, 02:48 PM   #1
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Ok clients wants 2'x4' porcelain tiles of shower walls. For ripping them handheld tile saw like Dewalts little one, Maktia dry one, skilsaw with 7" tile blade, track saw with tile blade, good ole fashioned dry grinder with straight edge?

What would be the preferred method to get cleanest cuts? Cuts will be at inside corner of shower, shower pan where pan tiles would cover cuts.

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Ok clients wants 2'x4' porcelain tiles of shower walls. For ripping them handheld tile saw like Dewalts little one, Maktia dry one, skilsaw with 7" tile blade, track saw with tile blade, good ole fashioned dry grinder with straight edge?

What would be the preferred method to get cleanest cuts? Cuts will be at inside corner of shower, shower pan where pan tiles would cover cuts.

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Snap cutter. I wonder if you can rent one that can handle 48".

This price can't be right, but if so....I'd grab it.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/48-Manual...BoCsYsQAvD_BwE

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How thick? Just did 2x4ís and 31"x71" on a job. It wall thick porcelain...7/16" or do. Snappers I saw were meant for thinner stuff.

We bought this Makita with the rail adapter and ran a mesh porcelain blade. Worked very well. Somewhere I have a video of it.
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How thick? Just did 2x4’s and 31"x71" on a job. It wall thick porcelain...7/16" or do. Snappers I saw were meant for thinner stuff.

We bought this Makita with the rail adapter and ran a mesh porcelain blade. Worked very well. Somewhere I have a video of it.
About 7/16 thick

I was looking at that exact saw with the rail adapter!

Think that would be the best option so far. I have a shop fox track saw but not makita wonder if the rail adapter would work?

Where did you get the blade?
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About 7/16 thick

I was looking at that exact saw with the rail adapter!

Think that would be the best option so far. I have a shop fox track saw but not makita wonder if the rail adapter would work?

Where did you get the blade?
It runs on Festool and Makita tracks. Not sure about Shop Fox but it may. The adapter is awesome! It has a bunch of adjustability to dial it in to the splinterguard and get it parrallel.

That blade was a Pearl P4 5" blade from Amazon. It did very well but got hot on a long cut and warped. I also used some of the cheap Amazon China mesh blades and they did well.

I found keeping a damp sponge along the side of the blade to help keep it cool made a big difference. Finish the cut with a 200 grit diamond pad on a grinder to dress the edge and it was damn near factory... definitely more than good enough for an inside corner being covered by caulking. I had a bunch of exposed cuts that turned out great too.
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That snapper I posted claims to work on .6" thick. At a hundred- something, you're not even remotely curious?
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That snapper I posted claims to work on .6" thick. At a hundred- something, you're not even remotely curious?
I was looking at the saw t demo tile floor with back board as well. I have a cheapo one I use now but Jerry rigged with tape dust collection so can just let tile guy use it as well.
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I was looking at the saw t demo tile floor with back board as well. I have a cheapo one I use now but Jerry rigged with tape dust collection so can just let tile guy use it as well.
Maybe two new tools are in your future. I just can't see not using a snapper when having the chance. Clean and fast.
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That snapper I posted claims to work on .6" thick. At a hundred- something, you're not even remotely curious?
You buy it and let us know.
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You buy it and let us know.
If I had to rip 4', I would buy one in a second. Right now I'm good for planks a bit shorter.
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I really contemplated a big snapper but I felt the saw was a better investment for me. I can and will use the saw on planks and smaller tiles. A big snapper to me is a very dedicated tool...and not one you go cheap on. So a Sigma or Montolit was brands I would have been looking at...and they aren't $100...
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This snapper works really well on thick porcelain.

https://www.contractorsdirect.com/mo...er?custcol34=5

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This snapper works really well on thick porcelain.

https://www.contractorsdirect.com/mo...er?custcol34=5

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It's only a little over $100.
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It's only a little over $100.


just barely.

I have a tile guy that I use, if I was doing the tile myself I would buy whatever tool I need.

It just so happens I am back to doing my own demos and that makita will be perfect for cutting thru grout and backer board and as a plus tile guy can use it for these monster tiles!
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It's only a little over $100.
A little negotiations and....

There is a discount code at Geeks for Contractors Direct.

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It runs on Festool and Makita tracks. Not sure about Shop Fox but it may. The adapter is awesome! It has a bunch of adjustability to dial it in to the splinterguard and get it parrallel.

That blade was a Pearl P4 5" blade from Amazon. It did very well but got hot on a long cut and warped. I also used some of the cheap Amazon China mesh blades and they did well.

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Rail adapter showed up yesterday and fits on the shop fox track.
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Rail adapter showed up yesterday and fits on the shop fox track.
Well the rail adapter fits track saw blade but doesn't line up with edge of track so it looks like a 55" Makita track will be next!

doh....
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Track saw would be the best option as far as investment and outcome. It also gives you the option to cut at a 45. You will need a great blade to keep chipping down.
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Well the rail adapter fits track saw blade but doesn't line up with edge of track so it looks like a 55" Makita track will be next!

doh....
There are tiny Allen screws that let you dial the adpater in to your track. Mine didn't line up out of the box either. I was able to get it perfect.
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Well the rail adapter fits track saw blade but doesn't line up with edge of track so it looks like a 55" Makita track will be next!

doh....
If I may ask, do you own a snap cutter or ever used one? I'm not comprehending why you didn't just go that route.

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