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Old 03-02-2017, 10:52 PM   #1
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Is there a noticeable difference in quality between onsite cut granite installation and slabs cut in a shop?

When ive bought granite before it was cut in a shop with large machines. How much of a trade off is it?

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depends on the skill of the installer & what kind of tools he has...

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Is there a noticeable difference in quality between onsite cut granite installation and slabs cut in a shop?

When ive bought granite before it was cut in a shop with large machines. How much of a trade off is it?

Thanks for any insight.
Not even close, you are not running water cooled routers/grinders in someones house much less water cooled beam saws
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So... potentially better? is it a common practice?
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Not even close, you are not running water cooled routers/grinders in someones house much less water cooled beam saws
and is it really a big difference in outcome? frankly, it sounds like the kind of thing some hipster decides to love in 15 years. Of course, if the job is destined to be ****ed that wont happen.

So, can anyone talk turkey on the straight-up outcomes?
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What kind of cut? Our granite suppliers can cut and polish on site and you'd never know the difference. This tends to be either repairs or fixing mistakes, etc.
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straight cuts, sinks cutouts, and polishing the edges. im most concerned about the edge finishing and the sink cutout.
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Why is the installer wanting to do it this way?
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says thats how they always do it.
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Is there a noticeable difference in quality between onsite cut granite installation and slabs cut in a shop?

When ive bought granite before it was cut in a shop with large machines. How much of a trade off is it?

Thanks for any insight.
Who cuts the entire thing onsite? Trimming or polishing the end of a joint is about it..and boring the holes. Why do more when other places have 3D templating gizmos and a water jet?
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its cheaper.

does anyone have a qualified idea regarding outcomes, or is the practice so rare no one has ever seen it before?
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its cheaper.

does anyone have a qualified idea regarding outcomes, or is the practice so rare no one has ever seen it before?
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its cheaper.

does anyone have a qualified idea regarding outcomes, or is the practice so rare no one has ever seen it before?
How much cheaper? I've seen some lousy installs after the fact, so maybe that's how they did it.
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What kind of cut? Our granite suppliers can cut and polish on site and you'd never know the difference. This tends to be either repairs or fixing mistakes, etc.
There is a big difference between repairing and fabrication on site. Just getting enough power for the edger could be an obstacle.

My guys use tons of water when edging and doing sink cutouts on very large metal perfectly level tables, the sections are clamped together like they would be installed. The edges are continuous, same with a sink cutout in a seam.

The one top I did see partially fabbed onsite in NYC had edges that what I would call lumpy, they tried to skip steps for speed. The GC was so mad he smashed the whole top with a hammer and it was replaced.
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There is a big difference between repairing and fabrication on site. Just getting enough power for the edger could be an obstacle.

My guys use tons of water when edging and doing sink cutouts on very large metal perfectly level tables, the sections are clamped together like they would be installed. The edges are continuous, same with a sink cutout in a seam.

The one top I did see partially fabbed onsite in NYC had edges that what I would call lumpy, they tried to skip steps for speed. The GC was so mad he smashed the whole top with a hammer and it was replaced.
Might practice make perfect? Ive not paid anything (and won't) until the job is complete, which suggests a high level of confidence on the installers part.
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Might practice make perfect? Ive not paid anything (and won't) until the job is complete, which suggests a high level of confidence on the installers part.
Let us know how it goes. Confidence is not in short supply.

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Let us know how it goes. Confidence is not in short supply.

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Ill be sure to provide a full report.

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OK. Then why take the risk for yourself or the client? Get a couple more fabrication quotes instead. The market is saturated.
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OK. Then why take the risk for yourself or the client? Get a couple more fabrication quotes instead. The market is saturated.
Overly saturated that is why some say they do not need a shop


I would like to meet the guy who can fabricate a good sized top outside someone's house and install said top with a seam in 1 day

How are they even going to move the slab without a forklift? granite is what 25 lbs a sf? What am I missing?

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I think this might has something to do with uncut countertops, not slabs.

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